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The River Falls barn dance series features the western Wisconsin old-time string band the Rush River Ramblers from 7-10 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 12, in the gym of the River Falls Academy (the former Meyer Middle School) on West Maple Street. This acclaimed regional band features musicians from Spring Valley and Martell. Singer-songwriter Sue West plays guitar for the Ramblers. No prior dancing experience is needed. A skilled dance caller teaches steps to newcomers and more seasoned barn dancers alike. Partners are optional and singles welcome.
Sam Lewis, of LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, will be speaking at the Saturday, Jan. 5, meeting of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. Meetings will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Hudson Public Library. His topic will be "72 Years Listening to Loons. A board member of LoonWatch, Sam is also a member of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. LoonWatch works to protect common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring and research. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
Local dentist Michael S. Page of Page Family Dentistry, 107 E Locust St., has received his first orders as a captain in the Army National Guard Dental Corps. On Nov. 8, Page was sworn in to his post as a commissioned officer serving with the 204th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) based out of Cottage Grove, Minn. The 204th ASMC is trained to provide combat health support to units located in areas of operation on a field of battle. With this new commission, Page is excited for the opportunity to serve his country.
"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.