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Carol and I have enjoyed winter escapes to the tropics of Central America for more than 20 years. This year we had another great time in Belize. We left early one February morning when the temperature was 10 degrees below zero. A couple two-and-a-half hour jet flights and a half-hour single-engine plane flight later, we were in humid 80 degree air under the coconut palms in southern Belize. We met our tanned friends Bill and Susan Smith of River Falls, who had been there since January.
A River Falls man pleaded guilty to homicide and arson charges in the deaths of his three young daughters Thursday afternoon, March 28, in the first phase of the murder case. Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, Minot, N.D., pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson before Judge Howard W. Cameron in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The case will move to a second phase Monday, April 1, with jury selection in which the defense must prove Schaffhausen was not responsible for his actions at the time he committed the crimes.
A velomobile hardtop (part of a recumbent tricycle) was lost from the back of a pickup truck traveling on Highway 65 between Beldenville and River Falls on Sunday, March 24, at approximately 3:30 p.m. It's a domed oval, bright yellow with clear windows, about 3-1/2 feet by 2 feet. If you have information about its whereabouts or found it and are looking for its owner, please contact Jera at 715.220.7783. Reward for return.
Pierce County residents are among the healthiest in the state, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This is the 10th release of County Health Rankings in Wisconsin by UWPHI. County Health Rankings examine the health and well-being of people living in nearly every county in every state across the nation and show that how long and well people live depends on multiple factors beyond just their access to medical care.
The Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital will host a pie sale starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 29 in the First National Bank lobby, 104 E Locust St. in River Falls. Proceeds go to hospital projects and high school scholarships.
Douglas and Renée Sigwarth of Troy Township, were awarded the unique distinction of creating a permanent blown glass installation for the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend. The installation consists of 180 blown glass spheres arranged into three 18-foot structures suspended from the building's north facing "La Pointe." The Sigwarths installed their piece, "Interconnection," in the newly completed building last December. The Sigwarths were commissioned by the James and Karen Hyde Foundation to create a large scale piece that would be a permanent fixture in the new location for MOWA.
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.