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Two incumbents will be on the ballot for two River Falls School Board seats. The River Falls Journal sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and uncontested races. The Journal asked each candidate to participate in order to refresh voters' minds on their elected and potential elected officials. Those who responded have their answers recorded below. Each candidate was asked two questions:
The town of Pleasant Valley is having contested races for town chair, supervisors (two seats are open) and town treasurer. Voters will see incumbent Larry Nolte and challenger Tom Brunshidle on the April 2 ballot for town chair. Incumbent supervisors Kerry Licht and Robert St. Germain will face challengers Henry Troost and Greg Barlow for two open seats, while incumbent Town Treasurer Deborah Volkert is facing challenger LaRae Miller. Town Clerk Megan Miller is running unopposed.
River Falls City Council District 1 Alderperson Sean Downing will face challenger Patsy Werwie on the April 2 ballot, while three other alderpersons are running unopposed. The River Falls Journal sent questionnaires to candidates in all contested and uncontested races. The Journal asked each candidate to participate in order to refresh voters' minds on their elected and potential elected officials. Those who responded have their answers recorded below. Each candidate was asked two questions:
All are invited to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in River Falls on Sunday, March 17 from 1—7 p.m. Participants are invited to don green apparel and come downtown for some fun and games. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with the "Pot-of-Gold" medallion hunt. Clues will be posted in Veterans park every hour until the medallion has been found. The prize is $50 in Chamber Checks.
What would you do if you could get $10,000 to make the community of River Falls better? The River Falls Community Foundation (RFCF) wants to know. The organization is now accepting applications for its second Big Idea Grant. The Foundation wants to hear from individuals, groups, businesses, troops and organizations from the River Falls area who have a big idea and the determination to make it happen. Up to $10,000 will be granted to the winning "Big Idea."
The City of River Falls will test the outdoor warning siren system on Thursday, April 11, in conjunction with the National Weather Service. If actual severe or threatening weather exists on this date, the test will be postponed until Friday, April 12. Listed below is the test schedule for 2019. If severe or threatening weather exists on any of these scheduled dates, the test will be the next day (Tuesday) at the same time. • Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. Make-up date — Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Meyer Middle School has chosen its February Students of the Month. They are as follows: Sixth grade gold house Cal Usgaard is the son of Mike and Heidi Usgaard. He participates and asks good questions in class. He is kind to others and excited to learn. Cal has done a nice job of adjusting to middle school and continues to work towards his goals. He enjoys football, baseball and hockey. Cal would like to go skydiving and swimming with sharks.
Kevin Hines was 19 years old in 2000 when he tried to commit suicide. Hines took the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, stepped off, and just like that, ran to the railing and jumped over. Hines said the second his hands left the railing he knew he made a mistake. In three more seconds, Hines traveled 240 feet and hit the water at 75 mph, crushing his vertebrae and ankle. Over 1,700 people have attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge; 25 have survived.
It's that time of year to start planning for your tax refund. AARP Tax Assistance will be at the Senior Center located in Wellhaven Senior Living (119 Union St., River Falls) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Be sure to bring all forms of ID, drivers license, last years' tax return, social security cards and all income forms for 2018. This is on a first come, first served basis. The tax volunteers are also at the Hudson Government Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday. The executive meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. March 4 at Wellhaven Senior Living.
I met Clint Alligood in kindergarten at Ocean City Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. We sat by each other at lunch every day because we both had identical King Kong lunch boxes. We mixed them up one day and our parents met for the first time during the drop-off switch.