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Paulie Michael was an old man with two first names and he really didn't even own those. Paulie and his older brother, Hiram, grew up in an orphanage in Owatonna, Minn., in the 1920's and 30's. One of their parents was from a reservation, but they didn't know which one. Half of their heritage had been beaten out of them. The other half left them on a doorstep.
It has been a hectic week for climate change news with many dire warnings coming of of the UN's Annual Climate Conference. Like many of you, I have grandkids now, one 6, one 2, and it is getting harder and harder for me to think about their future on this planet, and even harder to think about how little I am doing to try and make the planet safer for them.
Meyer Middle School has announced its November Students of the Month. They are as follows: Sixth grade Blue House Nora Nygaard is the daughter of Nate and Tanya Nygaard. Nora turns in quality work and always pay attention to detail. She is very artistic, responsible and is a silent leader in the classroom. She is a true pleasure to have in class. Nora enjoys baking, playing soccer and basketball; she likes to be competitive. It makes her feel a sense of joy. Nora says her parents
Senior citizens — join us for a delicious lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We ask for a $5 donation. Our Senior Center Pizza Party and Luau is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Wellhaven Senior Living (119 Union St.) This is a free event for all seniors in the community. Please come and enjoy. The next executive meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 7 at Wellhaven. Toenail care will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8,;Tuesday, Jan. 15; and Tuesday, Jan. 22. Cost is $20. Please call for an appointment.
On Dec. 4 the Republican legislators of Wisconsin voted to limit the powers of the incoming governor and the incoming attorney general. This is in stark contrast to the well publicized hand written note by George H.W. Bush to the then incoming President Clinton, stating that he was in support of his efforts to be successful.
The new River Falls Community Education 2019 Winter catalog will be hitting mailboxes soon. It is filled with classes, trips and events. Those interested can check out a class like "Skillet and Cast Iron Cooking," "Clear the Clutter," "Keep the Joy" and the "American Red Cross Babysitting Training classes." The Daddy Daughter Dance is right around the corner on Feb. 8, as are the Hudson Food Walk and the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. Find out more or sign up at www.frlearns.org .
Kudos to YMCA for replacing styrofoam cups TO THE EDITOR I would like to thank the YMCA of Hudson for replacing their Styrofoam cups (which never decompose) with paper coffee cups, a more earth friendly product. It's nice to know a wonderful facility like the YMCA, which hundreds of people visit every day, is taking steps to reduce products like these from landfills and the ocean.
If you're on a streak in sports, you don't mess with it. I tried explaining this to my aunt, Diane, when she was graciously doing my laundry while visiting her home from college one weekend years ago.
We hear so many negatives in the news, we would like to tell a heartwarming happening from Friday, Nov. 16. Our 13-year-old Shihtzu pup, Molly, became disoriented when she went outside, crossed the street and ran up the sidewalk away from our home. We couldn't catch up to her and since she doesn't hear well she didn't respond to being called.
At 1 p.m. Nov. 10, a caller reported his Apple iPhone 6 stolen after he thought he left it at a cash register at Family Fresh. The owner valued the phone at $800 new. Surveillance showed the owner taking the phone with him when he left the store. The phone was located later in Hudson, using geolocation software.