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Come Memorial Day, a few aging but tough World War II veterans will find the fortitude to attend ceremonies at local cemeteries, riverfronts and community memorials. Some veterans will stand on their own two feet, some will use canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All will stand in pride and sorrow as the names of those who died since Memorial Day 2016 are read. America's "Greatest Generation" is disappearing.
"Mental health is health" is the Minnesota Department of Human Services' theme for May's Mental Health Month. The slogan is a reminder that not only are mental illnesses common and treatable, but access to mental and chemical health care is an essential part of everyone's health.
The U.S. House has passed its American Health Care Act of 2017, but the U.S. Senate is writing its own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. That buys time for careful, thoughtful change.
The public is invited to meet and greet the new llama babies and their mothers at the Shady Ridge Farm open house Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, just south of New Richmond. The llamas will be sporting their new spring haircuts, and llama fiber and fiber products will be offered for sale. Owned by Sheila and Britt Fugina, Shady Ridge Farm breeds for premium fiber and great dispositions in their llamas. "Though we often have an open house in the fall, we've had many requests for a spring event on our farm when we have new llama babies in the pasture," Sheila said.
Tricia M. Davis, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been named interim dean. Davis will start July 1, succeeding Brad Caskey who is leaving UW-River Falls after 27 years. Caskey served as dean for the past eight years and has been named the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.
ROBERTS, Wis. — Fifteen students from the University of Wisconsin-Stout's construction management program toured County Materials Corp.'s production facility May 3. The trip was organized after Stout Professor Heath Wiley contacted Tom Peterson, regional manager for County Materials. Wiley wanted students to see the manufacturing process for concrete construction products firsthand, back up the technical information from the textbook, and teach his students about the construction industry from a new perspective.
Xcel Energy recently presented a donation of $62,662 to United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director Ann Searles. Also present were representatives from United Way partner agency Operation HELP. Xcel Energy is a key partner in United Way's efforts to build stronger communities, and every dollar contributed by employees and retirees is matched by Xcel Energy. In addition to the fall campaign, Xcel Energy is also a strong supporter of United Way's John Coughlin Food & Resource Center, frequently volunteering and sponsoring monthly food shipments.
The River City Chorale is inviting vocalists from throughout the St. Croix River Valley to join the 2017 Summer Chorale — the ninth season for the community chorus. No audition is necessary to join the chorale, however previous singing experience in a church, high school, college or community choir is desired. The chorale is open to all singers age 16 or older. Registration for the Summer Chorale is $35, covering the cost of all music.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce he is ready to run for re-election in 2018, according to excerpts from a speech the Republican is scheduled to give Saturday, May 13, at the Republican Party of Wisconsin's State Convention in Wisconsin Dells. "People often ask me if I am going to run again in 2018. Well, with record employment in the State of Wisconsin, the better question is, 'Why wouldn't I run for re-election?'" according to the excerpt released Friday afternoon.