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If spring-time should finally arrive, honey bee colonies start to build-up their numbers and if they run out of space in their hive, they swarm. The public should not be alarmed if they see or come across a swarm of honey bees. They are doing what honey bees do and are not remotely interested in humans.
UW-River Falls Marketing Communications students will be hosting "Turn It Up For Turningpoint," at Juniors Bar and Grill on Thursday, May 9 to raise money for River Falls Turningpoint. The event will start at 7 p.m. with a bean bag tournament and live music will begin at 8 p.m. Cash donations will be collected on behalf of Turningpoint For Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. "We are excited to host this benefit and raise money for a local non-profit, Turningpoint," said Jacki Roden, a Marketing Communications student helping host the event.
An unprecedented wet, heavy May snowfall that continues to blanket western Wisconsin cut off power to thousands of homes and closed schools and some roads due to utility wires being downed by broken trees and branches. Municipal workers in Ellsworth said the village had 16 inches of snow as of 9 a.m. this morning and more was coming down. Snowfall seemed to be heaviest in that area with others reporting as much as 12 inches. The storm took out electric service through a wide swath of Pierce County. As of 9:45 a.m.
Those looking for an evening of family fun should plan on attending the fourth annual May Fair Event and Sale on Saturday, May 11, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Gates will open for inspection of auction items at 4 p.m. with the formal program starting at 5 p.m. The May Fair Event & Sale is sponsored by The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in cooperation with the St.
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.