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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.
The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign is underway in Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Anyone can assist in the fight against cancer and support cancer research, education, advocacy and services by making a purchase. In addition to the traditional bunch of daffodils, $10; options include Gift of Hope, to honor a cancer survivor, $25; Bear & A Bunch, includes limited edition of Boyd's Birthday Bear, $25; Dainty Daffodils, replantable miniature daffies, $15; and more. Direct orders or questions Denise Burkett 715-426-3734 or 715-425-2081 after 5 p.m.
The "History of UW-River Falls," a new public, digital archive will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
I often receive books that make me think of old friends and relatives no longer here to enjoy them. Whenever I receive a book by Jerry Apps, the Madison retired professor who writes novels and non-fiction about farms and farming, I think of my father, a frustrated farmer who would have enjoyed Apps immensely.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a public information meeting to discuss the expansion study for I-94 between Hudson and Baldwin. The meeting will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 22, at the Community Park Building, 312 North Park Street in Roberts. The study area along I-94 extends about seven miles from the U.S. 12 interchange to some two miles east of Hwy.
The UW-River Falls men's basketball team battled back from a 12-point second half deficit to post a 79-73 victory over St. John's Saturday, Dec. 29, at Karges Center. The Falcons scored 16 consecutive points over a span of nearly five minutes in the second half to earn their second straight win and improve to 5-7 on the season. UWRF trailed 48-36 four minutes into the second half before clawing their way back. A David Berthene jumper cut the Johnnie's lead to single digits and a three-pointer by Zach Peterson made it a five-point game, 53-48, with 12:42 remaining.
After a quarter century of book reviewing, I guess it's time for me to admit that until recently, I never read a novel by bestselling author John Grisham. That's partly because most of the reviewers who worked for me put dibs on his novels before they came out and so what was I to do? I no longer have that excuse, so I recently dove into Grisham's latest, "The Racketeer" (Doubleday, $28.95) which at this writing sits atop the New York Times Bestseller list. It didn't take long to figure out Grisham's popularity with the public. He's a fast-paced storyteller, he seems to always be on