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The Kinnickinnic Kids Special Olympics team are finishing up another successful bowling season. The bowling team consists of 20 athletes from River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond and surrounding areas. This year 15 athletes attended the regional tournament in Eau Claire; eight qualified for the sectional tournament also in Eau Claire and four are moving on to the State tournament being held on Saturday, 12/1 in Weston. The team practices at St.
The University of Minnesota Press's Fesler-Lampert Heritage Book Series is a rare and wonderful bird indeed. It describes its mission as attempting "to republish significant out-of-print books that contribute to our understanding and appreciation of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest." Over the years I've enjoyed many of these reprints of books I missed in years past thanks to the generous assistance of the John K.
Law enforcement officials investigating the Schaffhausen murder case ask for the public's help to find a laptop with a bag and cell phone belonging to Aaron Schaffhausen, who's accused of murdering his three young daughters in River Falls July 10. Police believe these items may have been ditched somewhere before Schaffhausen turned himself in. The items are a Sony VAIO laptop with a Targus laptop bag, as well as a cell phone. Schaffhausen's trial is set to begin April 1 and is anticipated to last four weeks. Lt. Cathy Borgschatz of the St.
Today let us begin with two very productive upper Midwestern writers who continue to write about our neighborhoods with relish and sometimes very dramatic substance. First, there's Jerry Apps, a retired University of Wisconsin professor who's written 30 books of fiction and non-fiction. In the past, Apps has used his own life experiences as a farm boy and later county agent as the basis for such novels as "In a Pickle," a funny whodunit about a Wisconsin pickle factory that ends up being a repository for a local preacher.
Youth baseball coach Matt Graetz and a player's dad, Carl Brunholz, will appear on the Judge Joe Brown Syndicated TV show 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 on Channel 29. Last summer a ball hit by Brunholz's son, Wyatt, broke the windshield of a car parked near the field in Afton, Minn., and the owner wanted the player or the coach to pay up. They refused and the case was picked by the Judge Joe Brown staff to be settled on television.
A "Sound of Music" medley will be among the performances taking place for this Saturday's, Nov. 10, Variety Show and Marketplace charity event to support the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Those attending will enjoy a soup supper and dessert, plus great family entertainment, including singing, dancing and skits with a magician and a ventriloquist. The entertainment, which also includes impersonations of Carol Burnett, Elvis and Katy Perry, starts at 7 p.m. at the River Falls High School auditorium. Emcees are Tim and Crystal Knotek, and Tim Schultz.
Early Wednesday morning, with nearly all voting units reporting, the Republican incumbents were the winners in four local Wisconsin Assembly Districts. At that time, all voting units in Pierce and St.
Democrat Tammy Baldwin handily defeated former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson by a margin of about 150,000 votes of nearly 3 millon cast. The historic win means Wisconsinites will be represented for the first time by a woman and the first ever openly gay Senator. "I didn't run to make history, I ran to make a difference," she said.
With 86% of voting units in the district reporting, at 11:30 p.m. Sheila Harsdorf, who has represented the 10th District in the Wisconsin Senate since 2001 and survived a recall attempt last year, had won re-election. At that point, Harsdorf had 45,328 votes to 29,436 for her challenger, Daniel C. Olson. In St. Croix County with all voting units reporting, Harsdorf had 27,988 votes to Olson's 16,924. In Pierce County, only the city and town of River Falls are in the 10th District.
Recently, a thoughtful friend dropped by and shoved a book in my gut and said, "Read this. I think you'll enjoy it." He's not in the habit of ordering people around so I was curious about why he felt so passionate about "We Learn Nothing," by Tim Kreider (Free Press, $20). The dust jacket told me that Kreider is a cartoonist who draws and writes about the human condition in ways that startle. For instance, why do we fall in love with people we don't even like?