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About 200 people gathered Oct. 12 at Stillwater Middle School for the Make It OK Community Conversation. Make It OK is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The event included Minnesota Public Radio presenter John Moe, who hosted the first season of the "Hilarious World of Depression" podcasts earlier this year sponsored by HealthPartners and Make It OK. Moe said he continues to hear from listeners who find inspiration from the comedians who have dealt with depression.
Members of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services are helping stock food shelves in Pierce and Pepin counties through the co-op's Operation Round Up program. Eight food pantries were each awarded $1,200 at the board's October meeting — Pierce County Food Pantry, Elmwood Food Pantry, Plum City Food Pantry, Prescott Area Food Shelf, River Falls Food Pantry, Spring Valley Community Food Pantry, Pepin County Food Pantry and Pepin-Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran-Food Pantry. The donations were presented to pantry representatives during the regional Hunger Prevention Council meeting Oct. 25.
The community is invited to First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2 to take a walk in the shoes of someone with dementia through the use of the internationally known Virtual Dementia Tour. The tour is a 10-minute sensory experience that gives those with full cognition the ability to understand what the disease of dementia sounds, looks and feels like.
EAU CLAIRE — Bob Juhnke of River Falls spent some time shopping his newly developed skills around the career fair Oct. 18 at the Manufacturing Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.
Hunters can help fill local food pantries by donating their deer. Meat is a hot commodity in area food pantries — it's expensive, in high demand and donations of meat are not as frequent as other foods — so pantries rely on programs like Donate a Deer. Hunters can help pantries in Pierce and St. Croix counties this fall by: • Legally harvest a deer in Wisconsin • Field dress the deer • Register the deer at a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources registration station • Drop off deer at an approved site by Jan. 31, 2018
A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. is expanding its college scholarship opportunity to Wisconsin college and post-secondary students. The company is one of the largest in the nation and strives to not only be the best in transport but also do their part in helping students by making the financial aspects of college a little easier. A-1 Auto Transport media consultant, Jason Mueller, stated the following:
River States Truck & Trailer, will be recognized for the third consecutive year at the awards breakfast at Pier Wisconsin at Discovery World in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin 75 recognizes the largest 75 privately held businesses in Wisconsin. The program recognizes more than just revenue — it also recognizes business contributions to the communities in which they are located, the people who build the business, and the overall Wisconsin economy of which they are a part.
EAU CLAIRE — The Dental Clinic at Chippewa Valley Technical College will once again be offering a chance for veterans to receive free dental care. The Give Vets a Smile event is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the clinic at the CVTC Health Education Center, 615 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Any veteran without other dental benefits who has a current military ID or is enrolled in VA Health Care is eligible to participate.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls seniors Tynan Pratumwon, Kylie Hommerding, Sor Her, Liz Schultz, Adrian Harvieux, Darielle Dahnke and Molly Ruoho will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building Oct. 13-24. On display will be blown glass, printmaking, ceramics, photography, mixed media installations, painting and drawing. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates that 41 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month, making it the safest September in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II. Traffic fatalities last month were six fewer than September 2016 and 16 fewer compared to the five-year average for September. The deadliest September occurred in 1973 with 116 deaths.