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"Thirty Rooms to Hide In," by Luke Longstreet Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95) has a subtitle that sort of grabs you: "Insanity, Addiction, and Rock 'n' Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic." Who's insane at the Mayo Clinic? And who's addicted? That would be a prestigious Mayo orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Roger Sullivan. As for rock 'n' roll, that would be the surgeon's older children that play in a rock group around southeastern Minnesota.
MADISON -- While no one really knows what the new year will bring, everyone can take steps to make sure 2013 doesn't start with a drunk-driving arrest or crash. To crackdown on drunken driving on New Year's Eve, the Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will be stepping up their patrols. "Drunken driving is a serious offense, and law enforcement officers don't give warnings or second chances to drivers who are impaired," says State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety.
The Chalmer Davee Library and the University Archives and Area Research Center at UW-River Falls, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, announce the unveiling of its first online, public accessible digital collection, the "History of UW-River Falls." The "History of UW-River Falls" collection provides a glimpse into the people, events and organizations that make up URWF's history. Through photographs, yearbooks and other historical documents, the rich history of UWRF comes to life.
Security Financial Bank will be hosting a client appreciation open house all day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 21 at the River Falls office, 1561 Commerce Court, near Shopko.
"Tie Down the Sun" is an old Norwegian ritual performed on the winter solstice to call for the return of light on the longest night of the year. It is a nondenominational celebration of the power of community and the cycles of life. This year's theme: Embracing New (old?) Ways: Permaculture, subsistence, reducing carbon footprints, high-integrity food, low-impact lifestyles, etc., will be held at 6:30 p.m. sharp Friday, Dec. 21, fireside at the Unitarian Universalist Society House, N8010 Highway 65, in River Falls. The Society House will be open at 6 p.m.
MADISON -- State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) has been reappointed to the State Legislature's budget-writing committee as part of committee appointments recently announced by State Senate leadership. The committee assignments were made as the Legislature prepares for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins in January. "I look forward to continuing our state's progress from last session in returning fiscal responsibility to state government and encouraging job growth and economic development," said Harsdorf.
First Covenant Church-River Falls, 1374 North Main Street in River Falls, will hold a free drive-through live nativity from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Entering across from the north side of Kwik Trip, via Quarry Road, spectators will drive through the parking lot while listening to carolers and see seven scenes with actors and live animals depicting the events around Jesus' birth. There will be a free gift for each family. In case of heavy rain or snow it will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.15.
The holiday season is upon us and the search for appropriate gifts has begun. In our family the children get top priority and upper Midwestern publishers have been burning the midnight oil to give gift givers a wide variety of choices. Here's a sampling of new books for kids from nine to 90. Roberts author Korinn Hawkins is out with another book for kids. It's entitled, "Our Home, The Earth," photos by Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins. It's a real charmer and a good way to begin teaching kids early how to respect the planet they live on.
The UW-River Falls University Theatre will present "To Fool the Eye," Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1939 comical romantic fantasy "Leocadia." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 13-15 in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The UW-River Falls presentation, directed by Sean Dooley, instructor of theatre, will include a pop-up storybook set with an amusing blend of what is real and what is fantasy.
A college fund has been set up for Blake, 6, and Gabriella Sailer, 4, at Security Financial Bank in River Falls. The children's father, Caleb Sailer, died unexpectedly at age 32 on April 10, 2012, from complications following a stem-cell transplant to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1999. Those who would like to contribute are asked to reference "Sailer Kids College Fund" on their donations at Security Financial, 1561 Commerce Ct., River Falls, WI 54022, or call 715-426-6600 for more information.