Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming. He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018. He focuses on features and outdoor stories.
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At a glance, the metal framework on the south side of the E.H. Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls appears to be a nice, symmetrical sculpture. It is, but it is also a very precise, vertical sundial.
A recent report based on several national surveys says that leisure reading is at an all-time low among Americans. While that may be the national trend, area librarians said the same may not be the case for readers in the RiverTown Multimedia area. The Washington Post article, by Christopher Ingraham, stated that the number of Americans who read for pleasure on any particular day has decreased 30 percent since 2004.
Anyone who has ever driven past a construction site and imagined jumping in the cab of a bulldozer or excavator and moving piles of dirt around can now live out that dream at Extreme Sandbox in Hastings. "This is something that a lot of people have on their bucket list," said Jacob Perkins, lead instructor. "You can't just go to an equipment rental business and rent a 26-ton bulldozer, but you can come here and drive one for an hour or two."
The number of recent movies, TV shows, and commercials that feature archery in them reflects the same interest that brings more than 300 archers each week to shoot at A-1 Archery near Hudson.
LAKE CITY — The sound of an airboat gliding on the snow and ice is a signal to many people who live in the towns along the shores of Lake Pepin. "Everybody around here gets excited about this," said Kurt Schroeder, surveyor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Nationally we have Groundhog's Day, but here, this is our Groundhog's Day. The ice survey means spring is coming." Schroeder, along with Jack Zannon and Bill Chelmowski, is a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' crew that conducts the ice surveys on Lake Pepin every February and March.
Editor's note: This is the latest stop in our new series, 101 Things To Do. Each week through December 2020, we will select one place or activity around the region to highlight. The stories are compiled at www.rivertown101.com . In 1869, a group of Goodhue County settlers had a discussion about preserving the history of the area. They started collecting artifacts, found a building, and formed the Goodhue County Historical Society.
There was a time when Josie Alleva couldn't walk, couldn't talk. Fourteen years later, he has run 40 marathons, holds two college degrees, and gives speeches at schools and hospitals. In 2005, Alleva was a freshman and one of the best athletes at Red Wing High School. He loved football, tennis, and dreamed of making the varsity hockey team.
Editor's note: This is the latest stop in our new series, 101 Things To Do. Each week through December 2020, we will select one place or activity around the region to highlight. The stories are compiled at www.rivertown101.com . With over 70 percent of all movie screens in the United States owned by five corporations, small, independent movie theaters have to find a way to give their customers a unique experience. That is the challenge for Michelle Maher at The Falls Theatre, which her family has owned and operated for three generations.
One of the treats of living or traveling along the Mississippi River flyway is seeing eagles — soaring in flight, perching in a treetop, waiting on the edge of breaking ice — and enjoying their elegance. "Bald eagles are native to North America," said Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the National Eagle Center. "They are found in every state except Hawaii."
LAKE CITY — After being indoors for three days during the polar vortex, residents of Lake City were joyous to get out and participate in the events of Winterfest 2019, held at various venues around the area on Feb. 1-2. "The weather turned around for us," said Ron Hooge, organizer of Winterfest 2019. "It was just about a perfect weekend to be out in the winter."