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Every day thousands of Minnesota and Wisconsin workers, including many from the Ellsworth area, cross the state line to get to their jobs and then cross again to return home. And every April each and every one of them grumbles under their breath as they file income tax returns in both states, a confusing, time-consuming, they're-certain-they're-getting-cheated-out-of-money proposition. That's every year since 2009.
Jamie Benson, a superintendent for 15 years at River Valley School District near Madison, has tentatively accepted an offer from the River Falls school board to be the local district's next superintendent.
Humorists can make hay of the least likely subjects. Like death. Remember W. C. Fields? He said he wanted the following inscription on his tombstone: "On the Whole I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia." And then there was "Pep" Simek of Medford, who recently passed on to the big pizza parlor in the sky. He and his brother ran a saloon across the road from the Medford cemetery.
T.S. Elliot's poem, The Waste Land, starts, "April is the cruelest month...stirring dull roots with spring rain." Elliot borrowed that theme from the first line of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (translated from Old English), "When April with his showers sweet; The drought of March has pierced unto the root; And bathed every vein with such liquor; Of which virtue engendered is the flower." March and April around here have certainly been cruel this year. Our April showers haven't been sweet. Instead they were bouncing with sleet.
Two city residents have been defrauded by individuals contacting them by telephone claiming to represent a computer maintenance firm and offering to sell them a computer maintenance contract.
A window found shattered may have been how an intruder got inside St. Croix Lanes bowling alley before dawn Saturday, April 20. However, the culprit hasn't been caught yet. Officers were notified by an alarm company before 5 a.m. about a possible break in. They set up a perimeter to search the bowling alley and the outside area, including nearby woods. Footprints in the snow were tracked to the Kinnickinnic River.
The 86-voice Hudson High School Chamber Choir and The River City Chorale Youth Choir will present their spring concert, "We Sing with Joy!" at 7:30 p.m.
UW-River Falls Student Social Work Association (UWRFSSWA)is sponsoring a "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in support of ending sexual assault. "Walk a Mile" is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.
The school board and its superintendent advisory committee interviewed seven candidates for the job of school superintendent.
Heartstrings quilting group met and completed many quilts at a sew-in held April 13 at the Warren Town Hall (just outside Roberts). There were 20 participants - one came from California, and the rest from Cottage Grove, St. Paul, Stillwater, Rochester, Beldenville, Hudson, New Richmond, and Roberts. Approximately 20 quilts were completed, 10 tops assembled, and many blocks were pieced.