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Ever think about what farmers did before tractors? Members of the Wisconsin Draft Horse and Mule Association do. Twice a year, it even demonstrates how farm work was done before machines. This Saturday the association will hold Draft-Horse Field Day at the Hansons' Century Farm, about a mile and a half east of River Falls on Hwy. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Event organizers expect about 50 horses and their owners to strut their stuff doing plowing, threshing, discing, corn harvesting and road grading.
After seeing a lot full of dirt during heavy construction of Veterans Park the past few months, people will see finishing touches over the next few weeks. Workers will install bricks this week to complete the park walkway connecting Main Street to the Kinnickinnic River pedestrian bridge and beyond to the White Pathway. Anyone want the new pathway to permanently preserve a family name? You can do so with the purchase of commemorative bricks. They're $250 apiece, etched and painted. Family names can be engraved.
Some town and city clerks have been hustling lately to make sure voters are registered the way a new law says they should be. Wisconsin is implementing the new State Voter Registration System (SVRS) required by a law Congress passed in 2002. The law, called Help America Vote Act (HAVA), aims at standardizing voting throughout each state. It's also designed to make the voting process smoother and eliminate voter fraud. The difference for voters is that under the new system, they must have an identification number on file.
"I think the impression is that we're a bunch of old ladies in tennis shoes," said Theresa Jonas, volunteer executive director for the Humane Society of Pierce-St.
"It's a beautiful building and we love it," said Pat McCardle, principal of Greenwood Elementary for the past 11 years and former counselor of 10 years. Built in 1955 Greenwood ranks as River Falls' oldest school and today houses grades kindergarten through 5th. McCardle and many others have been busily preparing for the school's 50th anniversary event, to be held this Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. McCardle said an open house is planned.
After 29 years on the job, Neal Gilbertson worked his last day at the River Falls street maintenance department Monday. Gilbertson retired from the city after almost three decades of plowing streets, repairing potholes and putting up street signs.
"This university is a partner for helping shape the area," said new UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz. Betz covered a lot of ground when he addressed the crowd during last Wednesday's River Falls Chamber of Commerce business breakfast, which was sponsored by the First National Bank at The West Wind Supper Club. Betz was a provost at Central Oklahoma University before taking the UW chancellor position this past July.
A smiling, bubbly bundle of enthusiastic energy has worked all summer preparing to inject added school spirit into high school football-game crowds. River Falls High School's sponsored cheerleading program was cut several years ago due to budget constraints.
During his 40 years as a UW-River Falls math professor, Lyndon Weberg used an extra big computer screen to teach classes. He used textbooks printed on huge sheets with large print. He brings a telescope to football games so he can see the players and to church so he can see the singers and preacher's facial expressions. He often carries a bag of devices around to help him see and calls it the "Weberg compensation bag." Why would he do this?
LaVerne Zastrow went to the last City Council meeting wanting to know what happened to her 15-year-old flowering fire almond bush. It's been whacked off to a stump. Neither she nor the city knows why. Zastrow assumes city crews or contractors cut the bush down because it caused a problem for utilities or interfered with a drivers' line of sight. She addressed the City Council during the public comment portion, asking for an explanation.