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The Dale family -- Mom, Dad, son Zak, daughter Chloe and Lars the dog -- come together for a typical American supper: Zak stepped through the front door of his home at 6:03. Virtually on time. "Wash up, we're at the table," his mother called out. Zak went into the bathroom and decided to use soap instead of just water, since his hands were dirty from dribbling a basketball. His hand washing attempt turned the soap a dull gray, left streaks of mud in the white porcelain basin and imprinted several dirty handprints on the beige towels.
Tom Nash seemingly has it made. He's a retired British spy. He lives on the Cote D'Azur, the French Riviera, hobnobs with artists and writers and expatriates like Gerald and Sara Murphy. His reckless days as a secret agent seem well behind him, and he's so confident that he's out of the woods he leaves his Beretta revolver locked up in a desk drawer. Then one night someone tries to kill him. Who might that be? It's 1935 and the world is working its way to another war, with Nazis and Communists and everything in between plying their spycraft in the most unlikely places.
Five candidates will be on the primary ballot next week to choose a Democrat to face Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.
A 19-year-old rural River Falls man's death after an unprotected trench collapsed at a Spring Valley job site last November has resulted in a series of fines totaling $137,000 against Gordy's Pump Services, W9463 690th Ave., River Falls. Gordy's has two weeks to appeal and contest the fines that were handed out by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The five fines were for safety violations, including two that were called "willful." OSHA inspected the job site after James Tilson, a 2010 Prescott High school graduate, had died in the Nov.
"The superb landscape...is a rich regalia. We found all the farmers busily employed in gathering, grinding, and expressing the juice of their apples; the crop of which they say is rather above mediocrity. "The average wheat crop they add, is about 15 bushels to the acre from their fallow land -- often 20 & from that to 25. The principal export from Norwalk & Fairfield is horses and cattle -- salted beef & pork, lumber & Indian corn, to the West Indies -- and in small degree wheat and flour." Doesn't the above sort of sound like the report from a rural county agent? Not so.
I hail from Whitehall where there's a large settlement of Amish who moved in forty-odd years ago. My father first worried about their presence because he was a businessman on Main Street and he said, "All they'll buy is salt and black thread." He was wrong, of course, but I always think of him when I see young Amish brides at the IGA buying TV dinners and their husbands letting go their agricultural traces to become painters, carpenters and roofers (good ones, too). Years ago my widowed father lost a leg and we hired Rachel, "a fallen away" Amish girl to be his housekeeper.
The Alzen Family will perform Sunday April 22, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Cross Lutheran in Roberts. The Alzen Family bluegrass band is made up of Brad (dad), Denise (mom), Isaac (20), Lucas (18), AnaLise (16), Tessa (13), Jacob (10), and Jonas (7). Their music highlights the energetic playing of the Alzen children on fiddle, mandolin, bass & banjo, and consists of family-oriented gospel bluegrass music. An offering will be taken for the family. Everyone is welcome! Cross Lutheran is located at 1246 Cty Rd TT, Roberts, WI 54023. Call 715-749-3551 for more info.
As the TV announcer used to say, "How would you like to be queen for a day? Or even longer, or maybe even king?" That's the spot Peggielene Bartels found herself in 2008. Now she and co-author Eleanore Herman have recorded the experience in "King Peggy" (Doubleday, $25.95). Bartels was born in Ghana, went to catering school in London, and ended up as a secretary in the Ghanian Embassy in Washington D.C. Her life was further complicated when she and her husband divorced in 2002 and he returned to Africa.
The fifth annual "Touch-A-Truck for Kids" will be held the Saturday before Father's Day, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meyer Middle School north parking lot, 230 N. 9th St., in River Falls. Come see, get in and touch over 50 trucks and vehicles on display. Get behind the wheel of a large dump truck, snowplow truck, ready mix cement truck, road grader and much more--even captain a Huey Army helicopter! For all the event details and updates, checkout our website: www.Touch-A-Truck.net .
If you're wondering how we ever got so disastrously involved in Iraq, you might begin by reading "Arrows of the Night," by Richard Bonin (Doubleday, $27.95). It's subtitled, "Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq." I had heard of Chalabi and seen him on TV, but because international diplomacy isn't high on my list of interests, I forgot about him. Not so for Richard Bonin, a "60 Minutes" producer, who did specials on Chalabi and convinced him now that the dust has settled to be give many, many interviews. This book reads like a gripping adventure story and should be made into a