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Thomas R. Smith will be reading from his chap-book "The Legacy of John Lennon" at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday March 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls, 8010 N. Highway 65. Participants will be invited to join in the singing and an open dialogue. After the meeting, stay for the chili cook-off.
River Falls poet Thomas R. Smith writes that Kristin Laurel's new book of poetry will "burn itself on your memory." Minnesota poet Deborah Keenan writes that Laurel's work is "the start of a remarkable career." Endorsements from Smith and Keenan are good enough for me, so I plowed into Laurel's "Giving them All Away" (Evening Street Press, Dublin Ohio) n.p. Laurel is a mother, an emergency room nurse who splits her life between Waconia, Minn., and Ashville, N.C. She's divorced and now has a female partner. Her poems which bare for all, her experiences at work and at home and in love.
With a sign on a desk that read "Mining for Jobs," Governor Scott Walker signed the bill March 11 that seeks to make it easier to open a new iron-ore mine in far northern Wisconsin. Walker signed the measure at a plant in Rhinelander that makes mining equipment and had another ceremony planned in Milwaukee. Walker stressed that the new law would protect environmental safeguards, while providing "certainty" to the process of getting a mining permit. The law sets a time limit for the DNR to act on a mining application.
Police say a printer a 37-year-old West Bend man tried to return to a Walmart store contained a sheet of paper with two photocopied $100 bills. Lake Hallie police say they found three more fake $100 bills when they arrested the suspect. He was also wanted on burglary and armed robbery warrants. Police were called because the man was trying to return the printer without receipts or any proof he actually bought the equipment at the store. When he was told he was under arrest, police say the man fought back. The search is on now for a second man who was with the suspect in the store.
Not long ago I raved about a first novel written by a neighbor down the road in Lake Elmo, Minn.
The Wisconsin State Patrol reported March 6 it has recovered the body of 26-year-old Mohammed Malin, the other victim of a fatal semi-truck crash that happened Tuesday morning when the truck left the snow-covered roads, slid down an embankment and landed in the Red Cedar River near Menomonie. Emergency workers recovered the body of driver Batrodin Siyad, 25, the day of the accident. Both men were from Minneapolis and were close friends and coworkers. Siyad's funeral was held Feb. 6, and Malin's funeral was held Feb. 7.
Robyn Ochs will be speaking at UW-River Falls on Thursday, March 14, for several lectures. Ochs is an educator, speaker, workshop leader and activist who advocates for the rights of people of all orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full legal equality. Her work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities, and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will not investigate any further into a weekend freeway crash in Kentucky that killed six Wisconsinites. The Kentucky State Police continues its probe into the March 2 accident on I-65, about 50 miles south of Louisville. Officials said a semi-truck driver from Michigan might have been distracted just before his truck rear-ended an SUV that was returning to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida. James Gollnow, 62, of Pella in Shawano County was driving the SUV.
Friends and family of the Nick and Colleen Jahnke family of River Falls are holding fundraisers to help send the family on a Florida vacation. Nick has been battling brain cancer and is still undergoing treatment. Saturday, March 9 --Breakfast & Bloody Mary's, 9 a.m.-noon at Mainstreeter's Bar & Grill, 212 S. Main Street. --Meat Raffle, 1-4 p.m. Johnnie's Bar, 116 N. Main St. River Falls --Texas Holdem' Tournament, 5 p.m. Kilkarney Hills Golf Course, River Falls $50 Buy in with 50/50 Payout, 163 Radio Rd.