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As the world teems with technology, the issue of e-waste grows. Wisconsin passed a law last year making it illegal to dispose of electronics in a landfill; most contain harmful chemicals that can leach into the ground. An upcoming collection event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Hudson Prairie Elementary parking lot, 1400 Carmichael Road, offers drive-through convenience for any Pierce and St. Croix county residents who want to -- for a fee -- get rid of old computers, TVs, phones and other electronic devices. The non-profit St.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beloved Kinnickinnic River, with its renowned trout-bearing waters running right through the city where people use it to fish, kayak, hike, canoe and watch birds.
An e-mail received by one of the Journal staff Tuesday, March 15, seemed to come from the Salvation Army and asked for donations to help Japan with emergency earthquake and tsunami relief. Upon checking its legitimacy with local Salvation Army representative Ed Paulson, he confirmed the message is a scam. It comes from the "Salvation Army National Corp." in Alton, Hampshire, UK and explains the mission and programs of the Salvation Army.
Tom and Bev Lowe of River Falls made a commitment to horses 50 years ago, opening their family-farm acreage for a trail-riding business now named the Kinni Valley Riding Academy. As the business prepares to celebrate a five-decade anniversary, it also transfers ownership to the next generation. The Lowes raised four daughters on their town of Kinnickinnic farm: Carolyn, Elizabeth, Ellen and Margaret. All grew up with horses and started riding at a young age. Three of the four women work with horses as a career. Carolyn Lowe Laurel took ownership of the family business late last year.
Jennifer O'Neill said she developed her new business with elder-law clients in mind. When they come to an attorney for help in making difficult decisions like, "Should we put dad in a nursing home and can we afford it?" or, "How do we address mom's competency?" she wants them to feel they are in a comfortable, secure place where they can be at ease.
All voters in the 30th District of the State Assembly might take interest in a candidate forum set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in the City Council chamber of the River Falls City Hall. "It'll be for the Assembly candidates," said Barb Peterson, public policy chairperson for the American Association of University Women in River Falls. Candidates Dean Knudson and Matt Borup will take questions from the audience. Each will have two minutes per question to answer. Peterson said the AAUW will hand out cards, on which audience members write the question(s) they want asked.
Four area women rowed their way to a big win Sept. 2 at the 2010 World Rowing Masters Regatta in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. The "quadmates" from Hudson's St. Croix Rowing Club are Kathleen (Marsolek) Stenersen, River Falls; Kris Miller, West Lakeland, Minn.; and Denise Bakken and Shirley Drow, both of Hudson. Ranging in age from 43-51, they raced against women 27+. They went to the races because it was a realistic on-this-continent trip they could make for a world rowing event. The foursome thinks with all things considered, the win was meant to be.
Our Neighbors' Place, an initiative to serve the homeless of Pierce and St. Croix counties, has begun a Campaign for Hope to raise $100,000 by Dec. 31. That amount ties to grants from the Otto Bremer and Andersen corporate foundations plus a loan from the city of River Falls. In order to get those funds and buy the eight-plex building at 235 W. Johnson St., ONP must raise its "match." ONP organizer and board member Carole Mottaz said if the money isn't raised by the end of the year, raising funds for the building starts all over again.
For many reasons, former Hudsonites the Johnsons happily commemorate National Guide Dog month in September. Sally and Dave have toted Takk, a Golden Retriever they're raising to be a guide dog, all over River Falls and Hudson since last November. Their son Jordan got Mikey, a black Labrador mix, about four years ago at age 16.
Jim Farr, the new executive director of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, has spent the first few weeks on the job meeting people, getting his head around the most critical current issues, and understanding operations. "I'm getting my feet wet in a lot of different ways," he said. Farr looks forward to what he thinks will be a fun part of his job - working with and among the community, serving as Habitat's "front person," and educating.