River Falls Journal Newsroom
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Physics Department begins its fall season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy discussions Tuesday, Oct. 24. The first stargazing session begins with a talk, "Other Earths Out There?: Kepler's Final Count" by physics Professor Eileen Korenic at 8 p.m. in 271 Centennial Science Hall. Then, if the sky is clear, a telescope viewing session will follow at 8:30 p.m. on the third-floor observation deck. Uranus and Neptune should be visible as well as the waning crescent moon.
In their sights, your rights TO THE EDITOR A group of protesters became violent in response to a controversial speaker, in Berkeley. The media is accused of publishing fake news. Anti-fascists fight white supremacists in Charlottesville. The president calls for the firing of protesting football players. Social websites are censoring perceived hate speech. What do these events have in common? Your First Amendment rights are under attack.
"Markieke Penterman: Farmer's Daughter, Immigrant, Award-winning Cheesemaker" will be presented by Marieke Penterman of Holland's Dairy in Thorp from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in North Hall Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The event, part of the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.
A Twin Cities investigative reporter who has covered hot-button issues such as immigration and sex trafficking will be the featured speaker for this semester's communication and media seminar at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Farrah Fazal of KSTP-TV will present "Shining a Light into the Shadows" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the North Hall auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Nice billboard; wrong county TO THE EDITOR A billboard on Highway 65 south of River Falls thanks St. Croix County residents and gives a web link to a UW-Madison fundraising site. The problem is that the sign is in Pierce County, in a position where most who see it are Pierce County residents.
"The Children of Mystery River," Festival Theatre's second Youth and Family show this year opens on Sept. 8 and runs through the 17th. The show is based on a book by local authors, Phil and Joanne Peterson and is being adapted for the stage by the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and by Seth Kaltwasser. It follows three children as they make their way down the river in the mid 1800s. The show features 15 local youth actors and one adult.
The River Falls community will celebrate “Trout ‘n About on the Kinni” at the 43nd Annual River Falls Days festival this Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16.
The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. is offering beginner, family- friendly kayak lessons. Kayaking is a great way to experience the outdoors, get healthy exercise, and have fun. During the final session students will paddle down the scenic Kinnickinnic River to the spectacular St. Croix River.
Some 1,575 people came to eat waffles, sausage, cheese curds, and more at the annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast Saturday, June 17. And that's just the ones who came for breakfast. Organizers estimate 500 more people came to the event and enjoyed farm tours, kids' activities, and viewed an antique farm equipment display. Held at the Lawrence and Kay Huppert and Jason and Lori Kjos family farm on Chapman Drive between Hudson and River Falls, this was the eighth annual Dairy Breakfast. Event coordinator Holly Vasfaret said she was pleased with the outcome.
Have you had a chance to read "The Maltese Falcon" yet? Maybe you read this classic novel by Dashiell Hammett way back when, maybe you're planning to read it, maybe you've been a fan of the noir/mystery genre for a long time—any way you go about it, at the River Falls Public Library we want you to join us in reading "The Maltese Falcon" and/or joining us in related one book, one community programming. This year, our usual "River Falls Reads" programming extends beyond River Falls and into the greater St. Croix River Valley.