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ELLSWORTH — National speaker Tasha Schuh recently announced "An Evening of Hope" an event to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Abundant Life Church, 896 State Road 65, River Falls. This event celebrates and commemorates the 20-year anniversary of Schuh's accident that left her paralyzed after falling through a trap door during her high school musical rehearsal. The event will be a night of hope, motivation and inspiration including Schuh's message, music from Sparrows Rising, and family and friends sharing how Schuh's story has inspired them to move forward.
The first snowfall always seems like the worst. Traffic crawls, tempers flare and crashes occur. This winter, the St. Croix County Highway Department asks you to take the time to brush up on your winter driving skills. Once the snow starts flying, we are in for several months of wintry driving conditions. Early preparation can make for safer driving throughout the season. A big part of safe winter driving is to go slow. Know the conditions and adjust driving habits accordingly.
American Heritage is excited to announce they are now operated by North Shore Healthcare. American Heritage is a 50-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located in Hammond. The center has been providing vital skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to residents with a wide range of medical needs since 1975. With this change in ownership also comes a name change. The center is now called Hammond Health Services.
About 200 people gathered Oct. 12 at Stillwater Middle School for the Make It OK Community Conversation. Make It OK is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The event included Minnesota Public Radio presenter John Moe, who hosted the first season of the "Hilarious World of Depression" podcasts earlier this year sponsored by HealthPartners and Make It OK. Moe said he continues to hear from listeners who find inspiration from the comedians who have dealt with depression.
The Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties has received a $20,000 grant from the United Way St. Croix Valley. "The United Way St. Croix Valley does a phenomenal job in improving the lives and communities in Pierce, St. Croix and Polk counties," said Amy Muzzy, the newly hired fundraising and communications coordinator. "It is an honor to partner with them again. This grant will be instrumental in providing those in need, who qualify, the ability to receive health care."
The community is invited to First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2 to take a walk in the shoes of someone with dementia through the use of the internationally known Virtual Dementia Tour. The tour is a 10-minute sensory experience that gives those with full cognition the ability to understand what the disease of dementia sounds, looks and feels like.
The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Erik Peregrine, will present "American Impressions" on Oct. 29, at the Somerset High School. This will be the second Woodbury Orchestra and Chorus presentation in Somerset. This concert of familiar orchestral and choral music will include Copeland's Variation on a Shaken Melody from Appalachian Spring, What Wondrous Love Is This, Wade in the Water, The Promise of Living from Copeland's Tender Land, Gershwin's Summertime, Shenandoah, and selections from Dvorak's American Suite.
The River City Chorale invites the community to "Glorious Day" presented by the RCC Ensemble Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., Hudson.
EAU CLAIRE — Bob Juhnke of River Falls spent some time shopping his newly developed skills around the career fair Oct. 18 at the Manufacturing Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.
Hunters can help fill local food pantries by donating their deer. Meat is a hot commodity in area food pantries — it's expensive, in high demand and donations of meat are not as frequent as other foods — so pantries rely on programs like Donate a Deer. Hunters can help pantries in Pierce and St. Croix counties this fall by: • Legally harvest a deer in Wisconsin • Field dress the deer • Register the deer at a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources registration station • Drop off deer at an approved site by Jan. 31, 2018