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If you're fascinated by post-Edwardian society of the Roaring '20s, if you like Evelyn Waugh, if you enjoy the high jinks of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. If P.G. Wodehouse is your cup of tea laced with gin, of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey is your idea of a gentleman detective, then you'll probably like "The Bee's Kiss," by Barbara Cleverly (Delta, $13 paper). Cleverly, a recipient of the Golden Dagger Award for fiction, sets her sights on Great Britain eight years after World War I. It was time for the Beautiful People to kick up their heels.
Josephine Bazdell, age 75 of River Falls, died Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the River Falls Area Hospital. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 12 noon at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls. Visitation will be on Monday from 11-12 noon at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.
Although Wisconsin taxpayers will need to have their taxes filed by April 17, they won't be done paying for those taxes until May 2. According to the Tax Foundation, Wisconsin taxpayers will have to work until that day in order to pay their share of state and local taxes, which includes property taxes. They call the day "tax freedom day." According to the group's recently released annual report, Wisconsin ranks 7th in the nation in its tax burden. Meanwhile Minnesota ranks 11th, while Iowa ranks 18th and Illinois ranks 22.
Edwin J. Larkens, age 66 of Luck, Wis., formerly of River Falls, Wis., died Monday, April 9, 2007 at the New Richmond Meadows, New Richmond, Wis. Funeral services for Ed will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 with visitation from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Cashman - Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. Private family ceremony following cremation. Cashman - Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, River Falls, is assisting the family.
Last year, Allegra Goodman made a splash with her fourth novel, which I missed by a country mile. Fortunately it's now out in a snazzy paperback edition "Intuition," (Dial Press, $13.95) so I can get another crack at it. "Intuition" is a rare mixture of science and passion, a love story set in a lab populated by a publicity-hungry oncologist, a talented research scientist and a post-doctoral fellowship recipient. Books like this don't come off the presses with much regularity, so it's difficult to scare up comparisons.
Hunter Ryan Dusek, four-month-old son of Mark and Susan (Post) Dusek, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Hunter was born on Oct. 27, 2006 in River Falls. He is survived by his parents of Pepin, Wis.; Sister, Mikaela; brothers, Derek, Tanner and Logan; grandparents, Wiley Post, Hammond, Wis.; Judith Gerhardt, New Richmond, Wis.; and Marvin and Mary Dusek, Pepin, Wis. Hunter is further survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Hunter was a mama's boy, who loved to be the center of attention.
Steven "Spider" Emerson, 53 of River Falls, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 South 2nd St, River Falls. Please join us in celebration of Steve's life at his funeral 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Ezekiel with visitation one hour prior to service and lunch to follow at noon. Memorials preferred to Steve Emerson Benefit Fund.
George Francis "Bud" MacBride, 62, of River Falls, formerly of Philadelphia, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 2, 2006, following a short battle with brain cancer. A celebration of Bud's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6th, at the United Methodist Church in River Falls, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Cashman Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.
James Pace, 47, of New Richmond and formerly of River Falls, WI died Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at the First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. service at the church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond.
Elizabeth Gedatus, 75, of Baldwin died Sunday, December 17, 2006 at Comforts of Home in Baldwin. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Congregational Church in Spring Valley, WI. Visitation is from 4-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Woodville, WI. Keehr Funeral Home of Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.