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The 11th annual River Valley Bridal Fair is set for this Sunday, March 21, at River Falls High School. One lucky couple will be winning the grand prize -- a luxury honeymoon vacation, air and hotel for five nights at a 5-star luxury resort. Doors will open at noon with a fashion show starting at 3 p.m.
EAU CLAIRE - Biologists with the state Department of Natural Resources have tracked what could be the same cougar through parts of St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn counties in western Wisconsin. It is possible this is the cougar that was photographed and tracked Dec. 11 in Stillwater, Minnesota. That cougar was moving east, and it would have been easy for the big cat to cross the frozen St. Croix River. Tracks found in Stillwater and in St. Croix County are similar in size.
My former colleague Jim Klobuchar covered NFL football for the Minneapolis newspapers for almost 50 years. Who better than to give fans an overview of the game that has come to dominate the sporting scene in America? In "Always on Sunday," (Nodin Press, $19.05) Klobuchar takes aim at developments in the sport over the years.
The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra will feature Tony Capparelli, a River Falls High School senior, when they perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concert No. 1 in G minor, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. UW-RF Music Professor Kristin Tjornehoj directors the 65-member orchestra, which is comprised of students and adult community members. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; and $2 for UW-RF students.
Back in the 1960s, "Gonzo" journalism came on the scene with writers like Tom Wolfe with his hilarious "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers," in which he attends a party thrown by Leonard Bernstein for a bunch of unruly Black Panthers. Then there was George Plimpton's "Paper Lion," his account of trying out at the Detroit Lions' Training Camp. Finally, there was the "Gonzo' of them all, Hunter S. Thompson, who reported that presidential candidate Edmund Muskie looked as if he were on drugs because he WAS doing drugs.
Holy cow! I didn't know there was such a thing as a Halsey Hall Chapter of the Society for Baseball Research until I received a review copy of "Minnesotans in Baseball," by Stew Thornley, prominent Minnesota author of sports stories and biographies based in the Gopher State, like "On to Nicollet" his fascinating history of the Minneapolis Millers and its stars, like Ted Williams. In this new outing, Thornley acted as editor and major contributor of biographies of Minnesotans who made their mark on baseball in Minnesota and other venues.
Ofttimes excellent novelists make poor critics, poor assessors of books written by their peers. Ernest Hemingway and his treatment of F. Scott Fitzgerald comes immediately to mind. Such is not the case with E.L.
Last month the U.S. lost one of the great writers in the pantheon of 20th century literature, John Updike, the kid from Skillington, Pa., who wanted to grow up and be a satirist for the New Yorker. Updike succeeded at that and then some. Eatablishing himself at the New Yorker in 1954 at age 22, he went on to write a series of novels about Rabbit Angstrom, the lower middle-class kid Updike followed through his entire life.
Still looking for last minute holiday gifts for hard-to-buy friends and relatives? I've got a few that just came across my desk in time for you to run out and buy a copy. Books, you know, are easy to wrap. If you get stuck with a batch of apples, you make applesauce. That's what a longtime acquaintance of mine did when the newspaper where he served as book review editor closed down its book review section. Nick Basbanes was middle-aged and the prospects were glum. But Basbanes put his shoulder to the wheel and pushed hard.
Gerald Louis Iwasko, age 79, of River Falls, WI, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, suddenly while on vacation in California. He was born May 27, 1929, in Cloquet, MN, and was the son of Gertrude & Albert Iwasko. He grew up on a farm; his younger days filled with outdoor activities. Gerry enlisted with the US Air Force during the Korean War era and served in the band. He was a talented musician - playing the French horn, violin and bass as well as singing. He toured with a jazz band throughout the US and was frequently asked to provide violin or vocal solos at church.