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The U11 Girls Traveling Soccer team, which Amara Schaffhausen played for the last three years, is offering wrist bracelets for sale to benefit the Schaffhausen family beginning July 26. Available at Freeman Drug, Sears, and RCU in River Falls, the businesses will be covering the cost of the wristbands so all donations will go directly to the family. The suggested donation amount per band is $3-5. A limited quantity of small wristbands are also currently available at Steve's Pizza. To date, the sale of the bands has raised over $7,100 for the family.
The St. Croix Valley Community Band, featuring the Cedar Valley Brass Quintet, and directed by Hudson resident and UWRF Professor Kristin Tjornehoj, and will perform a "Concert in the Park" series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Hudson band shell. Over 80 musicians from the greater St. Croix Valley participate in the SCVC Band.
Mark Kurlansky astounded the reading world several years ago when he wrote "Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World." Later he did the same thing with "Salt: A World History." Now he's out with another food book -- or, more specifically a book about a man who tinkered with food and gave his name to an iconic product. When I was a kid, I thought Birdseye was a brand name. Like Green Giant. Or Spam. Then I read in my hometown weekly that the banker's wife had a visitor from out east, an old classmate.
STEVENS POINT -- After conducting a nationwide search, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has announced the appointment of former UW-River Falls assistant Tom Journell as head football coach. Journell, who boasts nearly two decades of experience in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), has served as interim head coach of Pointers football since Dec. 5.
Oh, shucks, thought I. Sara Rath has given up on non-fiction and has taken to penning novels when I received the Spring Green author's "The Waters of Star Lake," by Sara Rath (Terrace Books, $26.95). I remembered one of her earlier books, "About Cows," followed by "The Complete Cow," two wonderful coffee table books about those cud-chewing bovines. Later, she wrote a fine book about H.H.
Rush River Lutheran Church is hosting a street dance and dinner from 6:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. Live music will be provided by JC Rock, and barbecue is catered by Peg's Pleasant View. Rush River Lutheran Church is located at N8723 County Road Y, south of River Falls.
Pierce County's current unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state and St. Croix County's is the third lowest, according to preliminary May numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development this week. Pierce County's May rate was estimated at 4.7%, compared to a rate of 5.3% a year ago. Pierce's unemployment rate for April was 5.1%, and its rate for March was 6.3%. St. Croix County's May rate was estimated at 4.9%, compared to the April rate of 5.3% and the March rate of 6.2%.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- The St. Croix Valley Foundation recently held its fifth annual celebration of its donors and philanthropy in the St. Croix Valley with some 100 people attending the event at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater. Board chair Steve Wilcox acted as emcee, offering a history of the foundation since its beginning in 1995 and commenting on the evening's theme of how a community foundation can make an impact in the community. Keynote speakers were Bill Buell, immediate past chair of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation, and Dr.
In one sense, baseball is a game of numbers, numbers involving runs batted in, earned run averages, singles, two-baggers, homers, attendance.
Extra! Extra! Late breaking news from the publishing industry. And it's not good news. In a recent issue of New York magazine reporter Jessica Grose tells the story of the growth of a subgenre of fiction that's beating out all other contenders in the race to sell books. Grose calls the subgenre "smutty books." When it comes to sales, smutty books lead the pack with annual sales of $1.358 billion. Christian and inspirational books, comes in a weak second at $759 million. Lots of people buy mysteries, but its publishers report $682 million, followed by Science Fiction at $559 million.