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Starting next week, Monday, Oct. 6, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be replacing the navigation lights on the eastbound and westbound bridges over the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Motorists should expect some traffic delays. Crews will work on this project Monday through Thursday. In order to avoid morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic, work on those days will be done from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drivers during that time should expect single-lane closures and plan trips accordingly.
A $1,000 donation from Allina Health will fund an afternoon of healthy activities for NAMI St. Croix Valley, a local mental health support and advocacy group. The free event is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Glen Park shelter in and will include a picnic lunch, healthy recipes, games, prizes and mental health information. “NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) serves individuals and families throughout Pierce and St. Croix Counties,” explained Denise Hackel, a member of the group’s board of directors, “and yet many people don’t know we exist.
UW-River Falls will present a contemporary political issues roundtable entitled “ISIS: Background of the Terror State,” presented by Dr. Chris Simer, Political Science lecturer. The discussion is at 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the St. Croix room #321 in the University Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. A light snack is available.
For the fourth year in a row, UW-River Falls is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company recommends the school as one of 159 institutions in 12 Midwestern states it names to its "Best in the Midwest" list for 2015. UW-River Falls is one of four University of Wisconsin institutions named to the list, joining UW-Eau Claire, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee. The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the q
Kinnickinnic State Park will offer free Learn to Kayak classes statrting on Tuesday Aug. 12. Classes will be held from 4-5 p.m. and meet every Tuesday until Sept.16. The kayak course is for anyone who is 12 years and older (children ages 12-15 must have a parent accompany them).
Dairy industry leaders and leadership at UW-River Falls have kicked off fundraising efforts to make needed updates to the university's Dairy Pilot Plant. UWRF is one of few campuses in the nation that delivers a 360-degree experiential-learning opportunity for undergraduate students to work in a dairy plant production environment and participate in new product development, from testing to marketing, from production to final retail, in addition to being able to access the key academic components in the classroom. “Wisconsin's dairy industry
The 451st Army Band will present a concert along with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Symphony Band at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on the UWRF campus. The event is free and open to the public. The concert features music of Americana for people of all ages. The UWRF Symphony Band's last concert of the semester is Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Abbott Concert Hall.
Isaac Fuhr of the Minneapolis-based band the Wailing Loons approached the River Falls Town Board at Monday's meeting about hosting a music festival at Amy Field's farm, W8198 Hwy. 29. The event would host bands from the Twin Cities area, River Falls and university open-mic night participants. Field and Fuhr described the festival as "family friendly and all-inclusive." The money raised would go to the St. Croix Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Field, who recently bought the Lamb family's old farm, said they want to "bring artists and the community together."
River Falls Town Board supervisors voted 4-1 to pass a nonmetallic mining law they and the Planning Commission have worked on for a year at the July 1 meeting. The new law covers environmental concerns related to the frac-sand mining boom that's revolutionized the nation's gas and oil industry. River Falls Supervisor Tom Sitz voted against the new law. He said it's too restrictive and will deter anyone from thinking about mining in the town.
After months of heated debate between neighbors and confusion over the exact nature of Bellevinez Winery, the Clifton Town Board voted July 2 to recommend to Pierce County a conditional use permit for the winery, minus the proposed restaurant. The Town Board based its recommendation for the winery and vineyard on the recommendation from the town's Planning Commission. After review by the Planning Commission, board members agreed to approve the winery, located at W10887 875th Ave., without any menu.