Tornado RTSA

April 12-16 us Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The state averages 23 tornadoes annually. 

Get ready for tornado season

April 12-16 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. According to ReadyWisconsin, annual statewide tornado drills will be conducted Thursday, April 15, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Residents are encouraged to practice moving to their designated shelter locations. 

If severe weather is expected, the drill will be moved to April 16. 

ReadyWisconsin will issue message alerts on its social media at those times to encourage people to participate. Those who do can share by using the hashtag #TornadoDrillWI. 

Pedaling through the city

We Bike River Falls will hold a community riders at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. According to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls calendar, bicyclists will depart from the Falcon Center.

The ride will be four to five miles at a comfortable pace and cyclers of all levels are welcome. Marks and distancing are required.

Start training our workforce at birth

Every dollar invested in early childhood development brings a $16 return to society, according to research conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

The St. Croix EDC, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley and Family-friendly Workplaces will hold a conversation called “Workforce Development Begins at Birth” at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15. They invite community members to learn how well-focused investments in early childhood programs have lasting positive returns and build a strong workforce. Panelists who will share presentations on how early childhood development is the best economic development investment a community can make. 

The event will be held over Zoom. To register visit

Get a COVID-19 test 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the city team up twice a week to continue offering COVID-19 testing for the local community. The site is located at the Hoffman Park Storm Shelter, 650 Hanson Drive. 

Testing appointments are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Testing is free and open to the public over 5 years of age, however, appointments are required. Community members must pre-register at

Testing is free.

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