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The UWRF Physics Department begins its spring season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy talks on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Objects to be seen in the telescopes include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars. The first stargazing (waxing crescent moon) session on Feb. 12, will include Physics Professor Eileen Korenic presenting "The Comets Are Coming!" at 8 p.m. in Room 271, Centennial Science Hall. The discussion precedes the 8:30 p.m.
Kiap-TU-Wish chapter member and Hudson resident Kent Johnson was recently awarded the Wisconsin Trout Unlimited "Jeffrey Carlson Volunteer Award" at the WITU state council banquet.
NEW RICHMOND -- With construction on the new First Lutheran Church site almost finished, FLC staff and volunteers have announced plans for a Feb. 8-10 moving sale. The sale will be held in the basement of the current church at 258 North Third Street. Among the many quality items listed for sale, shoppers will find pianos, sheet music, child care goods, tools, antiques, kitchen supplies, holiday decor and everyday knick knacks. Most items will be available for a free-will offering unless priced. Hours for the sale are noon-4 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
UW-River Falls is hosting the fourth annual Bowls for Hope event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds this year will benefit the Free Clinic of Pierce and St.
Sometimes an author doesn't realize he's got a good thing going and plunges on ahead when he might well have done better had he looked back. Popular Minnesota author Jon Hassler's first adult novel was "Staggerford," which drew rave reviews from the New York Times. Unfortunately Hassler killed off one of his most attractive heroes, Miles Pruitt, at novel's end.
MADISON -With data entry nearly complete, hunter-supplied numbers indicate that 366,747 deer were harvested in Wisconsin for the 2012 seasons, a 5% increase from 2011, according to Department of Natural Resources officials.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, there will be a kids ice fishing contest at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake from 2-4 p.m. for children ages 6-12. Bait will be provided by the St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance. A limited number of fishing poles will be available. Prizes will be awarded for most fish, smallest fish and largest fish. Those participating should meet at the town boat landing located on the south end of Perch Lake.
The Octagon House Museum will be open for guided tours on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the annual Hot Air Affair. Come in from the cold; learn about ballooning history, and the local history of Hudson and its early residents.
UW-River Falls director of athletics Roger Ternes is one of three individuals who will comprise the inaugural class of the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame, the Fulton, Mo., school has announced. Ternes, former William Woods University athletic director and the winningest coach in WWU history, will be inducted along with the 1936 Olympic track and field champion Helen Stephens, and Lana Unnewehr-Brooks, all-time leading scorer for the Owls' women's basketball team, at the WWU Hall of Fame's inaugural induction ceremony April 20. Ternes served as athletic director at WWU for 20
On Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding informational events for anyone interested in learning more about Big Brothers Big Sisters. --Hudson: Hudson Public Library, 700 1st St. --River Falls: River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. As a part of January's National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers to make the resolution to make a difference in a child's life.