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The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign is underway in Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Anyone can assist in the fight against cancer and support cancer research, education, advocacy and services by making a purchase. In addition to the traditional bunch of daffodils, $10; options include Gift of Hope, to honor a cancer survivor, $25; Bear & A Bunch, includes limited edition of Boyd's Birthday Bear, $25; Dainty Daffodils, replantable miniature daffies, $15; and more. Direct orders or questions Denise Burkett 715-426-3734 or 715-425-2081 after 5 p.m.
I often receive books that make me think of old friends and relatives no longer here to enjoy them. Whenever I receive a book by Jerry Apps, the Madison retired professor who writes novels and non-fiction about farms and farming, I think of my father, a frustrated farmer who would have enjoyed Apps immensely.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a public information meeting to discuss the expansion study for I-94 between Hudson and Baldwin. The meeting will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 22, at the Community Park Building, 312 North Park Street in Roberts. The study area along I-94 extends about seven miles from the U.S. 12 interchange to some two miles east of Hwy.
State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, will host listening sessions throughout the 10th Senate District next week. Included are sessions in River Falls, New Richmond and Hudson. These sessions are intended to provide residents of the district with the opportunity to talk with Harsdorf about issues of interest to them, to ask questions and to share their ideas and concerns. "As the Legislature begins a new session, I look forward to hearing what is of concern and interest to area residents," said Harsdorf.
After a quarter century of book reviewing, I guess it's time for me to admit that until recently, I never read a novel by bestselling author John Grisham. That's partly because most of the reviewers who worked for me put dibs on his novels before they came out and so what was I to do? I no longer have that excuse, so I recently dove into Grisham's latest, "The Racketeer" (Doubleday, $28.95) which at this writing sits atop the New York Times Bestseller list. It didn't take long to figure out Grisham's popularity with the public. He's a fast-paced storyteller, he seems to always be on
The River Falls barn dance series features the western Wisconsin old-time string band the Rush River Ramblers from 7-10 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 12, in the gym of the River Falls Academy (the former Meyer Middle School) on West Maple Street. This acclaimed regional band features musicians from Spring Valley and Martell. Singer-songwriter Sue West plays guitar for the Ramblers. No prior dancing experience is needed. A skilled dance caller teaches steps to newcomers and more seasoned barn dancers alike. Partners are optional and singles welcome.
Sam Lewis, of LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, will be speaking at the Saturday, Jan. 5, meeting of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. Meetings will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Hudson Public Library. His topic will be "72 Years Listening to Loons. A board member of LoonWatch, Sam is also a member of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. LoonWatch works to protect common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring and research. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
"Thirty Rooms to Hide In," by Luke Longstreet Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95) has a subtitle that sort of grabs you: "Insanity, Addiction, and Rock 'n' Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic." Who's insane at the Mayo Clinic? And who's addicted? That would be a prestigious Mayo orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Roger Sullivan. As for rock 'n' roll, that would be the surgeon's older children that play in a rock group around southeastern Minnesota.
MADISON -- While no one really knows what the new year will bring, everyone can take steps to make sure 2013 doesn't start with a drunk-driving arrest or crash. To crackdown on drunken driving on New Year's Eve, the Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will be stepping up their patrols. "Drunken driving is a serious offense, and law enforcement officers don't give warnings or second chances to drivers who are impaired," says State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Safety.
The holiday season is upon us and the search for appropriate gifts has begun. In our family the children get top priority and upper Midwestern publishers have been burning the midnight oil to give gift givers a wide variety of choices. Here's a sampling of new books for kids from nine to 90. Roberts author Korinn Hawkins is out with another book for kids. It's entitled, "Our Home, The Earth," photos by Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins. It's a real charmer and a good way to begin teaching kids early how to respect the planet they live on.