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UWRF music prof. Dr. Roger McVey will present a solo piano concert on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the release of his latest CD recording, "Perspectives." The concert will feature music by Mozart and Liszt, as well as contemporary composers from Spain, New Zealand, and the U.S. The concert will be held in Abbott Concert Hall, in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, and admission is free. McVey's CD will be available for purchase at the concert.
Non-traditional students pursuing degrees in health care have until April 20 to apply for a scholarship from the River Falls Area Hospital Foundation. The goal of the Health Careers Scholarship Program for Non-Traditional Students is to increase the number of health care providers practicing in the region served by the Foundation. This region includes River Falls and the surrounding communities of Hudson, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Prescott. Scholarships of $500 per academic session are available to a limited number of eligible health care professional students.
The U14 BlackCats won the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association Girls State Championships Tournament in Reedsburg March 3-4. The BlackCats, made up of players from the River Falls and Baldwin hockey associations, posted a come-from-behind, 2-1, overtime victory over Northern Exposure (Hayward-Ashland-Spooner) in the state quarterfinal game and defeated the Central Wisconsin Storm (Wausau-Mosinee-Everest), 3-0, in the semifinals before beating Green Bay, 4-0, in the championship game. Team members include, front row from left, Annie Albrightson, Natalie Gabbert, Grace Kleinbrook, Courtney Ke
Former UW-River Falls professor, Pat Ferguson, will be at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 2nd St., in Hudson, on Sunday, March 25 from 2-4 p.m. for a book signing and tea. For reservations call 715-386-0400. "It Was Greek To Me," is a memoir about Ferguson's time as a young American diplomat in the 1970's. Ferguson was the Assistant Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. The book is available at Chapter2Book, 422 2nd St., Hudson; Valley Bookseller, 217 Main Street North, Stillwater, Minn., and online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and xlibris.com.
Mike Sandle jumped 50-6 to become a National Champion at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday. Sandle is the first Falcon male track & field athlete to win a National title. He hit the mark on his fifth of six jumps. His leap was four inches better than the second place finisher. Sandle broke his own school record by one-half inch and earned All-American honors. "In a very intense competition with great competitors, Mike finished as a very humble champion," said Falcon Coach Aaron Decker. "He competed with real class and the support of his competitors.
Saying voter fraud is "no more poisonous to our democracy than voter suppression," a Dane County judge today issued a permanent injunction against Wisconsin's voter identification law. The order from Judge Richard Niess comes less than a week after another Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction against the law, which would have required people to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote. Niess declared the new law is unconstitutional because it would abridge the right to vote. According to his ruling, "as a matter of law under the Wisconsin Constitution, sacrificing a qualified
Comcast will broadcast the upcoming Wisconsin state boys and girls basketball tournaments starting this week. The respective games will be carried on Channel 6 in Hudson, North Hudson, River Falls and town of Troy, and Channel 16 in Prescott.
People in Wisconsin and Minnesota could be paying a lot more for gasoline today if it wasn't for the states' neighbors to the north. Canada and North Dakota are providing less expensive crude oil to the Upper Midwest, and refinery officials say it's why Wisconsinites are paying an average of 61 cents a gallon less than folks in California. Gas prices there have been above $4 per gallon for weeks. Auto organization AAA says California's average price today is $4.35 for a gallon of unleaded regular, while Wisconsinites are paying an average of $3.74 per gallon.
The St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society announced its participation in the 1940 US Census Community Project. The society is encouraging local volunteers to help make the 1940 U.S. Census easier to search for everyone. This unique crowd-sourcing project will make the 135 million individuals found on tens of thousands of pages of the 1940 U.S. Census searchable online for free. Volunteers are sought to comb the hand-written records and manually type in the names. That process is expected to take months. The 1940 U.S.
Over the past few years, there has been increased interest and activity in community gardens in our area. Some of these gardens have individual or rental plots, some produce food for local hunger prevention efforts, and some are a combination of different types of gardens. In an effort to gather and share information about gardening projects in our area, UW-Extension is facilitating a "Community Garden Forum" on March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library. Representatives of each of the existing community gardens in Pierce and St.