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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a public information meeting to discuss the expansion study for I-94 between Hudson and Baldwin. The meeting will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 22, at the Community Park Building, 312 North Park Street in Roberts. The study area along I-94 extends about seven miles from the U.S. 12 interchange to some two miles east of Hwy.
State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, will host listening sessions throughout the 10th Senate District next week. Included are sessions in River Falls, New Richmond and Hudson. These sessions are intended to provide residents of the district with the opportunity to talk with Harsdorf about issues of interest to them, to ask questions and to share their ideas and concerns. "As the Legislature begins a new session, I look forward to hearing what is of concern and interest to area residents," said Harsdorf.
Wisconsinites are about to lose the right to see how their public school principals are performing. Governor Scott Walker and state lawmakers approved a new system last year for evaluating teachers and principals. And the Wisconsin State Journal says the law prohibits the public release of those evaluations as an exemption to the state's Open Records Law. Teacher evaluations have always been confidential, but the law has traditionally allowed principal evaluations to be released.
Police in suburban Milwaukee say a man pulled over with marijuana in his car apparently tried to hide the evidence by eating the pot. The 26 year old Germantown man was pulled over Dec. 30 because his vehicle had expired license plates. Officers with the Village of Jackson police say they smelled marijuana smoke inside the vehicle, spotting traces of the drug on the floor and console. The man and his passenger denied using the drug, but their story didn't hold up. An officer reports the suspect's mouth was covered with marijuana flakes and his tongue was coated green.
A wild crowd is expected the night of Jan. 5 in Green Bay for the Packer-Viking playoff game that begins at 7 p.m. Just to be on the safe side, the team says it will cut off alcohol sales earlier than normal. The Packers usually stop the alcohol sales at the end of the third quarter. But on Saturday, the team says the last alcohol will be sold at the end of halftime, at the start of the third quarter. The Packers also say they'll provide extra police-and-security to discourage fans of the two border-state rivals from getting out of hand.
Mara Fredrich, left, daughter of Ellen and Troy Fredrich of River Falls, and Catie Michel, daughter of Chris and Norm Michel of Hudson, recently performed solo numbers at the Hunt Arena Skate School's Winter Ice Show "80's Flashback." Mara performed to "Hey Mickey" and Catie to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." The girls are both 12 years old and attend middle school in River Falls and Hudson.
After a quarter century of book reviewing, I guess it's time for me to admit that until recently, I never read a novel by bestselling author John Grisham. That's partly because most of the reviewers who worked for me put dibs on his novels before they came out and so what was I to do? I no longer have that excuse, so I recently dove into Grisham's latest, "The Racketeer" (Doubleday, $28.95) which at this writing sits atop the New York Times Bestseller list. It didn't take long to figure out Grisham's popularity with the public. He's a fast-paced storyteller, he seems to always be on
The River Falls barn dance series features the western Wisconsin old-time string band the Rush River Ramblers from 7-10 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 12, in the gym of the River Falls Academy (the former Meyer Middle School) on West Maple Street. This acclaimed regional band features musicians from Spring Valley and Martell. Singer-songwriter Sue West plays guitar for the Ramblers. No prior dancing experience is needed. A skilled dance caller teaches steps to newcomers and more seasoned barn dancers alike. Partners are optional and singles welcome.
A high school freshman has been suspended for giving a small noose and what is being called a "KKK symbol" to a black classmate. The boy said he did it as a joke. Baldwin-Woodville High School's principal has confirmed suspending the boy Dec. 14 after he confessed to placing the offending items, which were made in art class, on the victim's desk. The victim's foster mother says the girl is 15 years old and is one of only three black students among the 450 attending the school.
A homeless shelter in Green Bay was given a citation Dec. 28 for violating its occupancy limits. The city took action after a long debate involving the Saint John the Evangelist shelter which is run by the Green Bay Catholic Diocese. Officials from both the city and the church said recently they were committed to working together to solve the concerns. Assistant City Attorney Jim Mueller would not comment on the citation, but he said both sides would keep meeting to resolve the issues.