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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?
The UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Milne, will present a concert on Saturday, Nov.
My wife and I love to travel to Italy.
Lively entertainment is promised for the first annual Variety Show & Marketplace charity event to benefit the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties. The Variety Show fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at River Falls High School. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a Marketplace in the school commons with baked goods, crafts, artwork and other good for sale. The Variety Show in the school auditorium starts at 7 p.m. Local talent will on stage singing, dancing, and performing magic tricks. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12, also cover a soup supper and dessert.
Several writers are taking their cues from earlier centuries. In the 18th century, Samuel Richardson found he had a bestseller on his hands when he wasn't even trying. Richardson sold stationery to the hoi polloi. Unfortunately, the women who bought the stationery didn't know how to write, so Richardson gave examples of how to write to your father, your lover, your whatever, bound them and called it "Pamela." Later novelists like Charles Dickens wrote their books serially.
Local glass blowers Douglas and Renee Sigwarth will be showcasing their work at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend in an exhibit titled "Focus on La Pointe" through Sunday, Dec. 2. Along with the exhibit the Sigwarths have been commissioned to produce a piece by the James and Karen Hyde Foundation, Inc., for the glass-enclosed section at the new museum building's northernmost tip. This permanent installation is to open in April 2013. Show and Sale Coming Up Sigwarth Glass Studio will be hosting a show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, from 10 a.m.
Today we'll examine two new books that have to do with good writing by writers who are indeed very good. One such writer is Verlyn Klinkenborg, who burst onto the literary scene 30 years ago. Nowadays he writes editorial pieces for the New York Times. But 30 years ago he was teaching at Carleton College, and so I reviewed his first book simply because it had Minnesota connections. I was bowled over. The book was called "Making Hay." That year I was elected to the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
The parade grand marshal Brianna Kaeder for the Little East West Shrine Game on Saturday, Sept 29, was introduced before the start of the game between River Falls and Oshkosh. Pictured left to right is Brianna Kaeder, her mom Amber and brother Trevor, Zor Shrine President Larry Riemenschneider of Amery, Divan members Bob Gorouch of Pittsburg, Wis., Gary Cuskey of Spooner, Bob Hering of Roberts and St. Croix Valley Shrine Club President Mike Kastens of New Richmond.
White Bear Lake novelist Julie Kramer makes good use of her past experience as a news producer for NBC, CBS and WCCO-TV, which is only one reason she has become a national bestselling and award winning author of thrillers like her latest in her popular Riley Spartz series, "Shunning Sarah" (Atria Books, $23.99). A few weeks back I wrote about how thrillers have been increasingly interested in occupations, so that now we have mysteries with chefs who solve them, carpenters who stumble over them. There's even a subcategory called "Amish Romances," which deals with young Amish people being turn