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The 48th Annual Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls rodeo grounds at the Campus Lab Farm near the corner of Wasson Lane and Cemetery Road in River Falls. Performance times are Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $12/adults and children over age 12; $8/UWRF students with id and children age 5-12; children 4 and under are free. Pre-sale tickets will be available Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 11-13, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
It's no secret that talent runs in families. Years ago I worked with Anthony Morley on the Minneapolis Tribune. Tony was a brilliant writer, working on the editorial page and known for his charming and whimsical essays about talking to his neighbors at the bus stop where he waited for a ride to work. One day he let drop that his uncle was Christopher Morley...Christopher Morley (1890-1957). That's the big time. Morley was a well-known aphorist who had a talent for coming up with great lines like, "There was so much handwriting on the wall that even the wall fell down.
An initial investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol indicates wet road conditions may have been a contributing factor in the accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist on I-94 this morning. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. The crash occurred at about 9:40 a.m. Friday in a westbound lane of I-94 in Dunn County about five miles west of Menomonie. The accident scene is just east of the St. Croix, Dunn county border. The male driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was the only occupant of the motorcycle.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to make repairs to pavement on I-94 near Hudson after Labor Day weekend. To minimize traffic impacts, crews will be working on the eastbound lanes of I-94 just east of the St. Croix River bridge Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. The left and center lanes of the interstate will be closed during the work. Also, beginning Tuesday night and running through Thursday night, routine bridge maintenance is planned on the I-94 bridge over WIS 35 in Hudson. Lane closures are planned in the eastbound lanes during the same overnight hours.
Novelist Toni Morrison has won the National Book Critics Circle, the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for her fiction. Little wonder. Her newest novel, "Home" (Alfred Knopf, $24.95) shows her at her best as a storyteller and one of the foremost interpreters of the negro experience in America.
A friendship formed on the basketball court at UW-Madison more than 60 years ago has culminated in a gift that will help ensure the construction of a new athletics arena at UW-River Falls. Earlier today, during the faculty/staff fall semester opening meeting, UWRF Chancellor Dean Van Galen announced that Ab Nicholas, chairman and CEO of Nicholas Company Inc., has made a $750,000 gift towards the naming and construction of the Don Page Arena. UWRF, in partnership with family and friends of Don Page, is seeking to raise $1 million to name the new arena for Don Page.
Dairy enthusiasts and the general public are invited to attend the Pierce-Pepin Holstein Club's twilight meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Huppert Brothers Inc., of River Falls. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit a family farm, tour their operation and participate in a dairy judging contest. A roast beef lunch will be served, along with dairy refreshments. A semen auction featuring some of the breed's top bulls, a dairy speaker, and door prizes will round out the evening. Huppert Brothers Inc. is located just north of River Falls off of Highway 35, on Cty. Rd. U.
Dorothy Parker was born on this day 119 years ago in West End, N.J., just a year after poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, about which Parker said "I was following in the exquisite footsteps of Miss Edna St. Vincent Millay, unhappily in my own horrible sneakers." That sounds a good deal like the acerbic and disenchanted Mrs. Parker, a leader in that circle called the Algonquin Round Table. In 1963, she commented that, at 70, "If I had any decency, I'd be dead.
A benefit is planned for Jeff Kay of River Falls who was recently diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. The benefit will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the River Falls Legion, 701 N. Main St. The event will include a pig roast and corn on the cob, along with bake sale, food sales, raffle, kid's activities, drawings and more. Jeff, son of Irene and the late Gene Kay, grew up in River Falls, graduated with the class of 1983, attended UW-Stout, and married Ruth Stokke of Menomonie.
A man charged with killing his three daughters at his ex-wife's home in River Falls is now accused of trying to burn that house down. An attempted arson charge was filed this week in St. Croix County against Aaron Schaffhausen, 35. Prosecutors said an investigator smelled gas at the home when investigating the murders and found that a gasoline container was tipped over. Schaffhausen has been ordered to stand trial on three homicide charges in the slashing deaths of Cecilia Schaffhausen, age 5; Sophie, 9; and Amara, 11.