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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.
ST. PAUL—A body found in the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Monday was a 52-year-old missing since the beginning of May. Earlier on Monday, authorities were searching the river bluffs in the area for a motorist who ran from officers trying to pull him over. Officials did not immediately say on Monday whether the body found belonged to the man from that day's traffic stop. The identification from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office on Tuesday indicated he was not.
"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.
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.
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 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.
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley hosted the Reach for the Stars gala with Caribbean flair on April 30 at the River Falls Golf Club. Despite the chilly, wet weather, the climate among the nearly 250 guests was warm and festive. The event was the Family Resource Center's 12th annual, and a finale for Executive Director Patty Draxler, who is set to retire Friday, May 19, after over 14 years leading the organization.
The Old Gem Theater presents, "Stuart Little" at 7 p.m. May 18-19, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, and weekdays through June 9. E.B. White's classic book, "Stuart Little" has captured the imaginations of children for generations. In the Old Gem's production, we follow the exploits of Stuart, a small mouse, as he struggles for survival in a very big world. Born to a family of humans in New York City, Stuart rides buses around town, sailboats in Central Park, and he even becomes a substitute teacher for a day.