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Once again Rivertown Newspaper Group is sponsoring a Boutique and Craft Calendar. The calendar will be printed Nov. 14-20 in all Rivertown publications including River Falls, Hudson, New Richmond and Ellsworth in Wisconsin and Red Wing, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount papers in Minnesota -- adding up to 118,000 print editions, including weekend shoppers. Online, the calendar will be prominently displayed on all Web site homepages. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Call Ilana at 888-425-2220, ext.
HAGER CITY -- A freight train derailed at 7:20 a.m., Monday in Hager City near the Ralston Purina processing facility, west of Hwy. 35, north of Hwy. 63. Nine rail cars carrying 62 containers were knocked over during the derailment. Of the cars that derailed none were carrying hazardous materials, said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said. No one was injured. Ralston Purina was closed for the day and 14 homes near the wreck were evacuated.
A list of exhibitors who will be in the Round Barn Business Contact Person Business Location AgStar Financial Services Peter Stern Baldwin Avon Products Carol Halpaus Ellsworth Stampinup Sue Hood Prescott Bluff Country Water Corporation Louie Sanford Red Wing Creative Memories Betty Frandsen Spring Valley Custom Remodelers Malcolm Theis Lino Lakes, Minn. Discovery Toys Valerie Sowa River Falls Fischer Companies Tim Fischer Ellsworth Electrolux Joe DelVecchine Eau Claire Tupperware Irmi White Houston, Minn. Celebrating Home Roxie Gunderson
Volunteers and exhibitors worked through the weekend making final preparations for Farm Technology Days, and while rain necessitated temporary closing of some Tent City roads to vehicles, things were rolling along Monday morning. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with the River Falls High School band playing at the Family Living Tent.
In his inaugural address, President Obama said: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man .... Those ideals still light the word, and we will not give them up for expedience' sake. That's how Louis Begley opens his new book, "Why The Dreyfus Affair Matters" (Yale University Press, $24).
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- A Fond du Lac man bagged a 30-point whitetail buck by bow. Wayne Schumacher shot the deer Sunday night from a tree stand near Rosendale. Schumacher says the shot covered about 15 yards, and the deer ran about 60 or 70 yards before going down. Schumacher noted he's hunted with bow and gun for more than 30 years and he's known people who have seen the buck but it was hard to believe. The deer, referred to as "Lucky Buck," has an inside antler spread of 20½ inches. Its field-dressed weight was about 225 pounds.
"The statesman has not to make history, but if ever in the events around him he hears the sweep of the mantle of god, then he must jump up and catch its hem." -- Otto von Bismarck Thus begins Alistair Horne's "Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year" (Simon & Schuster, $30), an insightful book centered on how Henry Kissinger's accomplishments (realpolitik, détente, opening of China) were overshadowed by the fateful year of 1973, when all hell broke loose.
A Sunday fishing outing on Lake Pepin turned memorable for Tracy Molina of Hastings, Minn., when she reeled in this 9 ½-pound, 29-inch walleye. "I don't get to fish as often as I would like, but it is one of my favorite pasttimes," Molina said via e-mail. "I generally go on at least two trips a year to Mille Lacs and do alot of fishing on Lake Pepin. (We fish) mostly from shore but this year we got a boat to use and do alot of trolling." Tracy and boyfriend Jamie Morkwed were trolling on Lake Pepin about 10:30 am, Sunday, when something grabbed her black and silver Shad Rap.
With its 100 Euro dinners and 300 Euro hotel rooms, travel to Rome this summer is out of the question for this reviewer on a fixed income. So I'll have to settle for "Dante's Numbers" (Delacorte Press, $24), by David Hewson, a Londoner who knows The Eternal City like the back of his hand. He's the accomplished author of several mysteries featuring a Roman detective, Nic Costa. Hewson has a great gift for plunking the reader down in a Roman site and making you wish you were there, despite the howling of the traffic, the buzz of Vespas and the general disorder of the city.
Normally, the way it works is that first you read the book, then you see the movie and then you complain the movie is nothing like the book. (See Ernest Hemingway and "The Sun Also Rises.") Well, today, I'm going to do it differently. A while back, I watched Twin Cities Public Television's "On the Road" with Channel 2 Almanac host Cathy Wurzer.