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Arthur Phillips, a Minnesota native and author of the new novel, "The Tragedy of Arthur," a New York Times Notable Book selection, will be in River Falls at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to discuss his new book and the creative writing process. Phillips will appear on the UWRF campus for this free event at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. He is the author of "Prague: A Novel," and "The Egyptologist." The Washington Post has declared that Phillips is "one of the best writers in America." His appearance at UWRF is sponsored by Valley Reads, a program of ArtReach St.
The snow stopped falling in the morning on Valentines' Day, some blue sky appeared between the clouds and the trees sparkled with a new coating of snow. After a breakfast watching the birds at the feeder we put on snowshoes and hiked around. It was a beautiful scene with all the tree branches outlined in white. We had to be careful about hitting tree branches to avoid cascades of snow down our necks. Despite the cold and all the times we've had to clear away snow, we haven't grown weary of winter.
Thomas R. Smith will be reading from his chap-book "The Legacy of John Lennon" at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday March 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls, 8010 N. Highway 65. Participants will be invited to join in the singing and an open dialogue. After the meeting, stay for the chili cook-off.
River Falls poet Thomas R. Smith writes that Kristin Laurel's new book of poetry will "burn itself on your memory." Minnesota poet Deborah Keenan writes that Laurel's work is "the start of a remarkable career." Endorsements from Smith and Keenan are good enough for me, so I plowed into Laurel's "Giving them All Away" (Evening Street Press, Dublin Ohio) n.p. Laurel is a mother, an emergency room nurse who splits her life between Waconia, Minn., and Ashville, N.C. She's divorced and now has a female partner. Her poems which bare for all, her experiences at work and at home and in love.
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.
Not long ago I raved about a first novel written by a neighbor down the road in Lake Elmo, Minn.
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.