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University of Iowa Press has just re-issued a book of poetry by Philip Levine, winner both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award, and who served for a year as United States Poet Laureate. The book is "Sweet Will," published by Prairie Lights after being out of print for years. It's a quiet book, lovely in its restraint. One of my favorite poems treats of Levine's life as a boy in Detroit.
State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) welcomed the Dalai Lama to Wisconsin Tuesday, May 14, during his two-day visit to Madison to give a teaching, take part in a panel discussion at UW-Madison and address a joint session of the State Legislature. Said Harsdorf about the encounter: "It was an honor to be one of the legislators chosen to greet the Dalai Lama prior to his address to the State Legislature.
The Zor Roadrunners, that entertaining group of Shriners that are so popular at area parades, practiced their intricate routines at the New Richmond American Legion on Wednesday, May 8. The first of 23 scheduled parades begins May 18 in Woodville for its Syttende Mai celebration. Shown lining up for a routine are left to right, Captain Jerry Wilkens, Bob Pierson, Dave Hoffman, Jerry DuBois, Doug Hoffman, Gene Bonnes, Ed Swenson and John Beebe.
Authorities reopened eastbound I-94 just east of the Roberts exit about 10 a.m., Monday, just 75 minutes after a semi unit hauling utility poles strayed off the shoulder in a construction zone and overturned, spilling its load into a ditch and snarling traffic. The truck driver was out and walking around when the first officer reached the scene. He was identified as Stephen P. Tussing, 60, of Waverly, Minn. First responders from St.
First National Bank is hosting its first (and hopefully annual) plant sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Thursday, May 9, and 1-5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at its River Falls location, 104 E. Locust St. There will be small potted plants for kids to stamp for mom at no charge. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life.
Hudson Sports and Civic Center Ice Arena will be the site of a gun show on from 3-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. There will be over 150 tables featuring modern and antique firearms, ammo, knives, military and hunting related items. $5 admission, ages 12 and under get in free. Hudson Sports & Civic Center is at 1820 Hanley Rd. Call Gary, 715-308-8772 or John, 612-743-7925, for more information.
An outpouring of Clifton town citizens overflowed the Town Board's regular meeting Tuesday, May 7, to argue and petition against a proposed winery and restaurant. Shannon and Angela Zimmerman, W10887 875th Ave., want to open Bellevinez Vineyard & Winery.
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips has canceled his concert at UW-River Falls due to ill health. UWRF Student Life is working with Phillips' tour management to reschedule the concert, if possible. Phillips was scheduled to play at the Wall Amphitheatre on campus on Friday, May 10, as part of Finals Fest. In true Finals Fest tradition, UWRF will still offer live music, food, henna, and games in the University Center on Friday, May 10. Food and fun begin at 5 p.m. with free live music to follow.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, will hold "Walk MS" on Sunday, May 5, at Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Rd. Check in will be held from 10-11 a.m., walkers can begin at 11 a.m. Participants can choose a 1- or 3.5 mile route. People can take part in the event individually or as a team. More than 475 walkers are expected to come out and help raise nearly $65,000.
A benefit at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the local American Legion Hall, 701 N.