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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
Chloe Kinsel scored her team-best 10th goal, Katie Batters scored her ninth, and goalie Gillian McDonald made 12 saves to record her second straight shutout as the Falcon women's hockey team posted a 2-0 victory over Bethel University last Wednesday in Blaine, Minn. The victory was the third straight for the sixth-ranked Falcons, who improved to 10-4-2 on the season. Kinsel and Batters scored 14 seconds apart in the second period to provide all the scoring in the game. UWRF outshot Bethel 45-12.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding informational events for anyone interested in learning more about Big Brothers Big Sisters. --Hudson: Hudson Public Library, 700 1st St. --River Falls: River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. As a part of January's National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers to make the resolution to make a difference in a child's life.