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Tricia M. Davis, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been named interim dean. Davis will start July 1, succeeding Brad Caskey who is leaving UW-River Falls after 27 years. Caskey served as dean for the past eight years and has been named the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.
Xcel Energy recently presented a donation of $62,662 to United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director Ann Searles. Also present were representatives from United Way partner agency Operation HELP. Xcel Energy is a key partner in United Way's efforts to build stronger communities, and every dollar contributed by employees and retirees is matched by Xcel Energy. In addition to the fall campaign, Xcel Energy is also a strong supporter of United Way's John Coughlin Food & Resource Center, frequently volunteering and sponsoring monthly food shipments.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce he is ready to run for re-election in 2018, according to excerpts from a speech the Republican is scheduled to give Saturday, May 13, at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Wisconsin Dells. "People often ask me if I am going to run again in 2018. Well, with record employment in the State of Wisconsin, the better question is, 'Why wouldn't I run for re-election?'" according to the excerpt released Friday afternoon.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — "What's inside a tree isn't always what you'd expect," says sculptor and Macalester College professor, Stanton Sears. His new exhibit of wood-based sculpture, "Inside+Outside," opens Friday, May 12, at Abode Gallery in Stockholm. Sears, who typically works in large-scale metal sculpture, is exploring the textures and forms that appear when the bark is peeled away. As he carves, paints and sculpts tree branches and trunks, he creates forms and textures that aren't usually associated with wood.
RIVER FALLS — More Little Free Libraries are popping up around the St. Croix Valley, with Chippewa Valley Technical College students working with area nonprofit organizations to find new locations. CVTC communication instructor Karen Jubie involved her students by picking up the ball from a project her husband was involved in. As general manager of Luther Hudson Chevrolet, Tim Jubie worked to establish a Little Free Library in every municipality in St. Croix County back in 2015.
ELLSWORTH — To celebrate Arbor Day, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services delivered more than 960 evergreen tree seedlings to fourth-graders within the Durand, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Pepin, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley school districts throughout the week. Each student, through a partnership with Fourth Grade Foresters USA, received an individually packaged seedling with instructions and safety tips for planting and caring for their tree.
If you are looking for an evening of family fun, head to the eighth annual May Fair Event & Sale Saturday, May 13 at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds Commercial Building in Glenwood City. Gates will open for the inspection of auction items beginning at 4 p.m.l the formal program starts 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. Croix County 4-H Horse and Dairy Committees. The building will be heated.
The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 25th annual national food drive Saturday, May 13. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.
You can't make everyone happy. This is especially true in journalism. The Pierce County Herald received a letter from Ellsworth resident Harlen Menk, who accused the Herald and all RiverTown publications of favoring Republicans. He said he has "been convinced for many of the 37 years" that he has lived in Ellsworth that the "Rivertowns Publishing syndicate and specifically the Pierce County Herald are strongly biased in support of the Republican agenda in Wisconsin."