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A new shop on Main St. hopes to be featuring local vendors when it opens this October. Funktion Junktion will be moving into the space 2nd Chances currently is in. "We want it to be a collection of all different types of crafters, artists, and antique, vintage," said Mary Rohl, "(and to) feature locally made products." Rohl and her fiancé Todd Holmes came up with the idea of Funktion Junktion after renting a space to peddle their own art work in Riverwalk Antiques.
The Mendota Gridiron Club hosted its annual Northwest Badger Golf Classic at the River Falls Golf Club Monday, June 10, featuring new University of Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen and 1999 Heisman Trophy Winner Ron Dayne. Shown with Paul Bunyan's Axe, the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the Wisconsin-Minnesota game each season, are long-time Badger fans Tom Keup, in front, Todd Voss, back left, Doug Hjersjo, Andersen, Duane Wisse and Dayne. See Sports for more photos. Bob Burrows photo
The Saffron Collective's exhibit will run through July 6 at the River Falls Public Library. The collective is a group of four sculptural artists, Beth Andrews, Kiki Augustin, Moira Bateman, and Fernanda Sequeiros.
The Hudson-based Kiap-TU-Wish chapter of Trout Unlimited has been awarded a $5,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant to help fund a continuing habitat restoration project on the Trimbelle River, off CTH W, about five miles south of River Falls. The chapter is calling the project "Bring Back the Natives" as it involves restoration of nearly 4,500 feet of stream habitat for Brook Trout and other aquatic species at the headwaters of the Trimbelle. The overall goal of this project is the reintroduction of the once native Eastern Brook Trout to the Trimbelle River.
The St. Croix Valley Community Band rehearsals begins Thursday, June 13, at Hudson Middle School. Open to anyone interested in building community through music, the group rehearses Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Four concerts are slated throughout the St. Croix Valley and provide a rich variety of musical styles. The participation fee is $10 per person, or $30 per family.
Friends and Coates RV co-workers of Lisa Fasbender, formerly of Prescott area, are organizing a fundraiser on Saturday, June 22, to help Lisa with medical costs associated with her treatment for Stage 4 Breast Cancer. She has undergone a double mastectomy and is scheduled for further treatments and therapy. Hearthside Pizza has donated a spaghetti dinner for a benefit at Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave., Stacy, Minn. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and DJ entertainment, raffles, silent auction available from 5 p.m.-midnight.
The 28th annual Don Page Memorial Golf Tournament to support UW-River Falls athletics will be held Monday, June 17, at the River Falls Golf Club. Page served UWRF as a coach of several sports and as athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.
Back in the 1920s and 1930s, when most black women worked as domestics, scrub ladies and washerwomen, one young black woman born in 1895 in Washington, D.C. would spend her life on the world political and cultural stage. It wasn't all beer and skittles, however, when her lawyer father died young and her mother had to work as a beautician. But that didn't stop the daughter, Eslanda Cardozo Goode, from making acquaintance with a wide variety of world leaders. "Blacks" like Jomo Kenyatta and Patrice Lumumba.
The valley where we live used to be grazed and was fairly open when we bought the property in 1981. Cattle had bit back the brush and young trees leaving large spreading maples, oaks, basswoods and cottonwoods, and scattered thickets of wild plum and prickly ash. Over the years we planted many trees and the valley is mostly filled in with forest now. Below our dining room window was a thicket of wild plum. It was covered with fragrant flowers in the spring and produced many tasty plums. Wild plum shrubs grow to about 12 feet high on hard-as-a-rock stems.
A 40-year-old New Richmond man who served as harbor-master at the Windmill Marina in Afton has been indentified as the individual who died as a result of a boating accident which occurred just before midnight Wednesday, June 5th, upstream from Prescott. David J. Riley, was initially identified as being from Afton, but Learfield News reported early Friday that he was from New Richmond. Riley was a passenger on a speed boat owned and apparently operated by Patrick Puhalla, 46, of Bayport, Minn. He and another man, Daniel M. Schultz, 55, of Hudson, were both taken to Regions Hospital in St.