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After a week of cold and windy weather it's a joy to go outside without freezing my face. We are not made for hibernating in winter. We are made for walking. Recent reports about the adverse health effects of sitting make me want to get off my duff and hike around, even though I enjoy reading a good book by the fire while the wind and snow howl through the trees outside. Fortunately, we have plenty of beautiful places to hike around here. The snow has been crusty enough to walk on since the January thaw a few weeks ago. Hiking in winter is invigorating.
UW-River Falls is hosting the fourth annual Bowls for Hope event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds this year will benefit the Free Clinic of Pierce and St.
Matt Kratochvil's mom was brutally murdered when he was seven-years-old. Over the years he turned to drugs and alcohol which eventually brought him to the thoughts of suicide and death. Matt will share his story at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Celebrate Recovery, which meets at Abundant Life Church, 896 State Road 65, River Falls. All are invited to attend. This event will also premiere his book release and signing of "Life Song: Running For My Life." For more information, call 715-425-9564.
Sometimes an author doesn't realize he's got a good thing going and plunges on ahead when he might well have done better had he looked back. Popular Minnesota author Jon Hassler's first adult novel was "Staggerford," which drew rave reviews from the New York Times. Unfortunately Hassler killed off one of his most attractive heroes, Miles Pruitt, at novel's end.
MADISON -With data entry nearly complete, hunter-supplied numbers indicate that 366,747 deer were harvested in Wisconsin for the 2012 seasons, a 5% increase from 2011, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.
Joanne "Kao" Beckman, 49, has recently written a book, "Groceries on a Saturday Morning: Confessions from Real Life Christianity." The daughter of Anne and Dr. Charles H.C. Kao, the latter a professor and chairman of the economics department at UWRF from 1964-1998, Beckman graduated from River Falls High School in 1980. She was very involved in high school, played in several sports and worked on the school newspaper under the guidance of English/journalism teacher Don "DR" Richards. Beckman sang and played piano for the high school choir and talent shows.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be a kids ice fishing contest at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake from 2-4 p.m. for children ages 6-12. Bait will be provided by the St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance. A limited number of fishing poles will be available. Prizes will be awarded for most fish, smallest fish and largest fish. Those participating should meet at the town boat landing located on the south end of Perch Lake.
Following a two-hour delay announced early Tuesday, River Falls school officials decided to close for the day, Superintendent Tom Westerhaus announced about 7:40 a.m. River Falls and many other area schools were to be opening two hours late Tuesday but as the morning unfolded, it became apparent that road conditions still wouldn't be suitable for rural bus routes.
The Octagon House Museum will be open for guided tours on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the annual Hot Air Affair. Come in from the cold; learn about ballooning history, and the local history of Hudson and its early residents.
UW-River Falls director of athletics Roger Ternes is one of three individuals who will comprise the inaugural class of the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Fulton, Mo., school has announced. Ternes, former William Woods University athletic director and the winningest coach in WWU history, will be inducted along with the 1936 Olympic track and field champion Helen Stephens, and Lana Unnewehr-Brooks, all-time leading scorer for the Owls' women's basketball team, at the WWU Hall of Fame's inaugural induction ceremony April 20. Ternes served as athletic director at WWU for 20