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Wisconsin's Act 101 (the Pickle Bill) has made it easier for some growers to expand their income by processing pickles and salsa and marketing at a local farmer's market. On Monday, March 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the UW Extension Office, 1960 8th Ave.
The driver of a gasoline tanker trunk killed in a fiery I-94 crash in St. Croix County Monday has been identified as Todd Richardson, 51, of Colfax. Richardson was working for Kane Transport of Sauk Centre, Minn. The Wisconsin State Patrol said Richardson was carrying gasoline to central Wisconsin when his truck lost control, went through a median, hit a bridge and started on fire. The incident happened Monday morning on I-94 near Roberts, about 12 miles east of Hudson and the Minnesota border. The fire was so hot that some of the pavement on the westbound lanes had to be replaced.
Men's Basketball: Manor posts back-to-back 18 point games UW-River Falls' senior Shane Manor continued to make his case for All-American and the Falcons men's basketball team remained tied for first place in the WIAC as Manor led the team to victories over UW-Stout and UW-Platteville last week. Manor scored a team-high 18 points in both wins, adding ten rebounds to his stat line in the Falcons' 72-50 victory at Stout last Wednesday and hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field in UWRF's 61-53 home victory Saturday over Platteville.
The Hudson Hot Air Affair takes to the sky this weekend for the 23rd annual hot air balloon rally and winter festival Feb. 3-5. The event is presented by WESTconsin Credit Union--Hudson and features nearly 40 commercial, regular and special shaped hot air balloons coming to town for the weekend. This year's theme is "2012--The Year of the Dragon." Chinese New Year activities will be sprinkled throughout the weekend's schedule with the celebration preceding the Moon Glow Saturday night being the highlight.
Men's basketball team in three way tie for first The UW-River Falls men's basketball team split a pair of conference games against nationally-ranked opponents last week to create a logjam at the top of the WIAC standings. The Falcons knocked off No. 13 UW-Stevens Point, 73-70, last Wednesday at Karges Center to take sole possession of first place. Saturday they fell to No. 10 UW-Whitewater, 84-70, to slip into a three-way tie for first with the Warhawks and Pointers at 4-1 in conference play. UWRF (10-4 overall) is home for a pair of conference games this Wednesday, Jan.
Many Wisconsin residents make New Year's resolutions, only to abandon them early in the year. But for those who want to quit smoking, they can now take control of their lives by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get free coaching, medicine, and an individualized plan from the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. "Many smokers who make New Year's resolutions don't have a solid plan to accomplish it," said Quit Line Coordinator Kate Kobinsky. "Preparation is key for most goals, but especially for smokers before the quit date.
A town of Troy family will be one of those featured on radio station KS95's annual "Kids Radiothon" fundraiser for Gillette Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Research Fund. Taylor Weick, 9, and her brother Nathan, 7, came to Gillette Children's after they were injured in a head-on collision near River Falls. Both sustained severe injuries, including internal bleeding, bowel injuries and broken bones. They began their recovery in Gillette Children's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The children's parents are Monica and Tony Weick.
UW-River Falls senior Tiffany Gregorich scored her 1,000th career point as the 21st-ranked Falcon women's basketball team soared to a 72-56 victory over St. Scholastica last Wednesday at Karges Center. Last Saturday, Gregorich scored the first five points of the game to spur a 13-0 opening run as the Falcons won their WIAC opener, 67-46, at UW-Platteville and improved to 6-0 overall. Gregorich needed nine points to reach the 1,000 point plateau going into last Wednesday's game against St. Scholastica.
Men's hoops knock off defending national champs, St. Thomas The UW-River Falls men's basketball team knocked off defending NCAA Division III champions St. Thomas, 79-64, in the Falcons' home opener last Tuesday at Karges Center. UWRF followed up last Tuesday's win by splitting a pair of games at the Pacific Lutheran Thanksgiving Tournament in Parkland, Wash., over the weekend.
The fifth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team needed to go to overtime before posting a 3-2 win over St. Olaf to remain unbeaten last Tuesday at Hunt Arena. The Falcons took a 2-0 first-period lead but the Oles cut the lead in half 20 seconds into the second period, then tied the score early in the third to force overtime. UWRF's Darion Bruyere sent the Oles home with a wrister that hit the back of the mesh 2:45 into the extra session and upped the Falcons' record to 7-0 on the season.