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UW-River Falls' Special Assistant to the Chancellor Blake Fry received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 26 from the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE). UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen joined Fry at an award luncheon where Max Allen, chief of staff at UNC-Wilmington and chair of NAPAHE, presented the award during the NAPAHE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Fifty-nine members of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Club attended the 31st Midwest American Dairy Science Association - Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) Conference hosted by the Iowa State Dairy Science Club in Ames, Iowa, Feb. 2-3. The group was accompanied by Dennis Cooper, professor of animal science. Students from colleges across the Midwest attended to share their knowledge of the dairy industry. UWRF competed in both the junior and senior divisions of the quiz bowl competitions with the UWRF team taking home the honors in the senior division.
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Debra Sanders, RD, will educate, motivate and work with patients to improve lifestyles for those with pre-diabetes from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at River Falls Area Hospital. There will be light appetizers and door prizes. Free to public. Call 715-425-6701 for more information.
The Twin Cities acoustic string band, Gritpickers,will be back in town on Saturday, March 16, as part of the continuing Saturday Night Barn Dance series. Location is the gym of the River Falls Academy, 211 N. Fremont St.,from 7-10 p.m. The Gritpickers' lineup includes two fiddle players. The band will play an assortment of line and circle dances, reels, waltzes, and square dances. For the March 16 performance, the group will be accompanied by Julie Young Walser, one of Minnesota¹s most accomplished dance callers. No experience is needed to participate.
Robyn Ochs will be speaking at UW-River Falls on Thursday, March 14, for several lectures. Ochs is an educator, speaker, workshop leader and activist who advocates for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality. Her work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
The Rush River Trail Riders will be hosting a euchre tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, at their clubhouse at N74475 450th St. six miles east of Ellsworth on Hwy. 72. Snacks, food, refreshments. Public is welcome.
Friends and family of the Nick and Colleen Jahnke family of River Falls are holding fundraisers to help send the family on a Florida vacation. Nick has been battling brain cancer and is still undergoing treatment. Saturday, March 9 --Breakfast & Bloody Mary's, 9 a.m.-noon at Mainstreeter's Bar & Grill, 212 S. Main Street. --Meat Raffle, 1-4 p.m. Johnnie's Bar, 116 N. Main St. River Falls --Texas Holdem' Tournament, 5 p.m. Kilkarney Hills Golf Course, River Falls $50 Buy in with 50/50 Payout, 163 Radio Rd.
Honor Flight is a documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. The trips are called "Honor Flights" and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s. It's often the first time they've been thanked and the last trip of their lives. The 24-hour journey is full of surprises that deeply move all who are involved.
Rush River Lutheran Church, N8623 County Road Y, is hosting a youth mission trip fundraising breakfast from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 3. The breakfast which will be served immediately after church includes: scrambled eggs, biscuits/sausage gravy, fresh fruit, milk, juice and coffee. Proceeds will go toward this summer's mission trip to South Dakota. For more information call 715-684-3701.