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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.
TC Bear, mascot of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, will be making an appearance at River Falls Family Fresh store at 303 S. Main Street, on Saturday, April 20, from 10-11 a.m. Everyone's invited to come meet T.C. (Twin Cities) Bear, who will be available to sign photos. He signed on as a free agent on April 3, 2000, to meet and greet Minnesota Twins fans.
The St. Croix Community Development Department has joined with YMCA Camp St. Croix to host the 9th Annual Earth Day event, "Soils: Dig It!" Sunday, April 21, from noon-4 pm at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. A "tunnel" will entice kids to pretend they are earth worms squirming underground. The journey continues winding through "roots" and discovering underground animals. Other hands-on activities include getting dirty in the soil pit, building extravagant and excavating from the earth ancient trilobite "fossils" and treasure eggs.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, the UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences presents "The Tragedy of Arthur," the story by Arthur Phillips about William Shakespeare's lost play on King Arthur. The author, Phillips, will be present. A brief scene from the play will be enacted, possibly by one or more actors named Arthur. Everyone is encouraged to come for the show and inquire. The site for this drama is The Sanford Syse ("Black Box") Theater at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
On March 27, Carol and I were cleaning up the landing area where logs harvested from our woods had been stockpiled. The ground was frozen and snow still covered the landscape. During a break from running the chainsaw, we were pleased to hear the rattling kkkkar-r-r-o-o-o calls of a pair of sandhill cranes. They were soaring in circles high in the sky. We thought they might be the advance scouts for the rest of their tribe. The primeval calls of returning sandhill cranes are a sure sign that spring is on the way.
Confused about what to fertilize, when, and with what? Not enough fertilizer, and your plants won't perform to their full potential. Too much fertilizer, and you could cause excessive foliage, damage the roots, or outright kill the plant! Fertilizing at the wrong time can do more harm than good for the health of the plant. Fertilizer can also be a major pollutant, especially as it relates to lakes, rivers and streams, so proper use is important for the protection of our environment.
Gallery 120, 120 N. Main St., will be featuring an "Honoring our Heritage" theme during the month of April featuring a variety of crafts and demonstrations. They will be hosting an opening of the gallery from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, where you can meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Local artists will include Myrtle Lee, crewel; Audrey Halverson, Scandinvian knitting and hardunger; Phyllis Kinneman, wood carving; Judy Ritger, rosemaling; Jim Moenke, weaving; LaVerne Delorit, crocheting. For more information call Ila June Brown-Pratt, 715-9821-9411.
Dr. Melissa Kolb of River Falls Chiropractic, Inc., 215 N. Second St., was selected to receive a ChiroCare scholarship to participate in the inaugural Chiropractic Leadership Institute at the University of St. Thomas. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1994 from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. Kolb has been providing chiropractic care with her husband, Dr. Todd Frisch, to the River Falls community since 1995.
HUDSON --Jessica Schaffhausen took the stand for most of the morning Thursday and continued in the afternoon in the trial of her ex-husband, Aaron Schaffhausen, convicted of killing their three daughters. Jessica Schaffhausen, 33, answered questions by public defender John Kucinski in the insanity phase of the trial that began this week. She was stoic as the testimony droned on and broke down only when recalling the events when her three children were murdered in their River Falls home July 10. She recalled the phone message she received when Aaron called and said he had "killed the kids."