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A group from the UW-River Falls football team, including head coach Matt Walker (far left, No. 62), leap into the frigid water of Riley Lake in Eden Prairie, Minn. during the Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, March 9. Forty-two UWRF student-athletes and coaches participated in the event and raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics.
The White Sidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue and the Michael Patrick Records' Ryan present "Love Potion #10" at the Old Gem Theater, 116 South Knowles Ave., New Richmond. The musical is a meld of comedy, intrigue, romance and the songs of the golden age of rock and roll. Shows will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Tickets are $20 and available online at OGT or call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for reservations.
When I was a kid in a small Wisconsin grade school, one of my favorite subjects was Wisconsin history, taught to me by my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Lily Reich. One of our texts was a book called "Men Who Made Wisconsin" or something like that. The book contained brief profiles of famous folks from Badgerland. I remember that one of these folks was the fellow who bred the famous silver mink, which was the greatest mink ever known (with my apologies to PETA). Another famous Wisconsinite was Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers.
Looking for fresh ideas in new home building, home remodeling and improvement, home decorating, design, and landscaping? With over 60 vendors at the upcoming St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association Home, Remodeling & Garden show you'll be able to gather a multitude of ideas to help you create your dream home--from the ground up or by re-inventing the home you're in! Find everything you need under one roof at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center on Hanley Road in Hudson. The show will be open to the public on Friday, March 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m.
Pierce County Farm Bureau members attending Ag Day in Madison on March 6 included, left to right, Phil Verges, Monica Krings, Ray Matzek, John Krings, John Matzek, Mel Pittman, and Dean Bergseng. Farm Bureau members met to discuss agricultural issues with state legislators.
Arthur Phillips, a Minnesota native and author of the new novel, "The Tragedy of Arthur," a New York Times Notable Book selection, will be in River Falls at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to discuss his new book and the creative writing process. Phillips will appear on the UWRF campus for this free event at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. He is the author of "Prague: A Novel," and "The Egyptologist." The Washington Post has declared that Phillips is "one of the best writers in America." His appearance at UWRF is sponsored by Valley Reads, a program of ArtReach St.
The snow stopped falling in the morning on Valentines' Day, some blue sky appeared between the clouds and the trees sparkled with a new coating of snow. After a breakfast watching the birds at the feeder we put on snowshoes and hiked around. It was a beautiful scene with all the tree branches outlined in white. We had to be careful about hitting tree branches to avoid cascades of snow down our necks. Despite the cold and all the times we've had to clear away snow, we haven't grown weary of winter.
Thomas R. Smith will be reading from his chap-book "The Legacy of John Lennon" at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday March 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls, 8010 N. Highway 65. Participants will be invited to join in the singing and an open dialogue. After the meeting, stay for the chili cook-off.
River Falls poet Thomas R. Smith writes that Kristin Laurel's new book of poetry will "burn itself on your memory." Minnesota poet Deborah Keenan writes that Laurel's work is "the start of a remarkable career." Endorsements from Smith and Keenan are good enough for me, so I plowed into Laurel's "Giving them All Away" (Evening Street Press, Dublin Ohio) n.p. Laurel is a mother, an emergency room nurse who splits her life between Waconia, Minn., and Ashville, N.C. She's divorced and now has a female partner. Her poems which bare for all, her experiences at work and at home and in love.
UW-River Falls' Special Assistant to the Chancellor Blake Fry received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 26 from the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE). UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen joined Fry at an award luncheon where Max Allen, chief of staff at UNC-Wilmington and chair of NAPAHE, presented the award during the NAPAHE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.