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In a world where electronic gadgets become obsolete sometimes mere months after purchase, the resulting waste accumulates. Consumers raced into the information age with a whole new generation of high-tech electronics: Computers, cell phones, TVs, printers, fax machines and many gadgets with a video display screen. As the latest, greatest tech toys roll out, people toss the "outdated" items into the trash, a landfill or even an illegal place. According to various sources, e-waste is a big problem that isn't going away.
"This is a day the board has been looking forward to for a long time," said United Way St. Croix Valley Board President Jim Dahl. A crowd of people came to see the grand opening of the United Way's new 3,700-square-foot Food Resource Center Feb. 1 at 612 Badlands Road. Dahl said supporters set a lofty goal of "...ending hunger in western Wisconsin..." and had come substantially closer to meeting it by opening the center. It will distribute food to about a dozen food pantries in Pierce and St. Croix County plus shelters and community meal programs.
Herman and Sharon Gilbert don't fit the retiree stereotype. He's 48, she's 44, and they're both about as fit as people half their age. Herman recently retired from General Motors in Hudson to start Firm Foundation Fitness. Sharon decided to leave her career as a registered nurse to work with him. They'd planned to start a catering company, but after encouragement from friends and coworkers, the two decided to start a Hudson-based personal training company a few months ago that travels to its clients. They bring the equipment and expertise plus lots of energy to motivate clients.
Joseph Link, 20, Colfax, died around 2:30 a.m. Friday after a one-vehicle rollover crash on Hwy. 35 about a half mile south of Glover Road in Troy township. As Link drove his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer north on Hwy. 35, he lost control and entered the median. The SUV flipped before it came to rest in the highway's southbound lanes. A news release from St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead's office said Link wasn't wearing a seat belt. The St. Croix County Medical Examiner's office pronounced Link dead at the scene, to which River Falls Fire and EMS also responded.
The St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, which serves St. Croix and Pierce counties, had an official ribbon-cutting at its new center at 1343 N. Main St. in River Falls recently. SART moved into the space last October and has been seeing patients there since January. SART has never had a place of its own before and often borrowed space on a short-term basis. SART SART assists victims of sexual assault to receive care, counseling and help if they want to prosecute.
Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades squares off against a Democratic opponent who just graduated from her alma mater, UW-River Falls. She said she's met Dan Gorman once and told him she knows that no matter what the election results, running for office is an incredible learning experience. "It's good to see young people engaging themselves," Rhoades said about her challenger. She said she never set out to get into politics. Life just led her to it. People who'd seen her in action with the Hudson Chamber of Commerce and other organizations suggested she run for the state Assembly.
Assembly Services and Packaging company president Sara Taylor-Nieman confirmed last week that the company signed a lease for a space in Hudson and will not move into River Fall's Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park. She confirmed what River Falls City Administrator Bernie Van Osdale said: "The building was beginning to cost more money than she was comfortable with." It was announced earlier that the Hudson firm was moving to River Falls, but has now worked out a deal in Hudson.
Amy Muzzy, executive director of St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, said she once did a presentation in which a Habitat homeowner described what having the home meant to her. "We were all sobbing," Muzzy said about the woman's speech. The local chapter, with offices at 439 W. Maple St. in River Falls, serves St. Croix and Pierce counties exclusively. The organization will officially celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party in Glen Park in River Falls Sunday, Oct. 1. Habitat invites everyone to join the fun. Local band Tin Pan Alley Cats will play music.
River Falls-based The Greenskeepers joined forces with Hudson-based NatureScapes last month in order to expand both companies' capabilities. The new name? NatureScapes by Greenskeepers. Technically, The Greenskeepers bought out NatureScapes. But the owners emphasize the business deal combines two talented teams into one. NatureScapes by Greenskeepers owners Jeremy and Melissa "Missy" Crayford say the change enables both companies to offer their customers more services.
After falling from a second-story window Tuesday morning, 15-month-old Teddy Norman sustained no injuries and came home from Regions Hospital within 24 hours of arriving via Life Link helicopter from the Normans home in Troy. His mother Stacy Norman said doctors medicated him to keep him still during examination. They also kept him overnight due to the medication's effects, but the boy wanted to be up and active well before his release from the hospital. Hospital media relations staff told the River Falls Journal Tuesday afternoon that his condition was serious.