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Youth baseball coach Matt Graetz and a player's dad, Carl Brunholz, will appear on the Judge Joe Brown Syndicated TV show 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 on Channel 29. Last summer a ball hit by Brunholz's son, Wyatt, broke the windshield of a car parked near the field in Afton, Minn., and the owner wanted the player or the coach to pay up. They refused and the case was picked by the Judge Joe Brown staff to be settled on television.
A "Sound of Music" medley will be among the performances taking place for this Saturday's, Nov. 10, Variety Show and Marketplace charity event to support the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Those attending will enjoy a soup supper and dessert, plus great family entertainment, including singing, dancing and skits with a magician and a ventriloquist. The entertainment, which also includes impersonations of Carol Burnett, Elvis and Katy Perry, starts at 7 p.m. at the River Falls High School auditorium. Emcees are Tim and Crystal Knotek, and Tim Schultz.
Early Wednesday morning, with nearly all voting units reporting, the Republican incumbents were the winners in four local Wisconsin Assembly Districts. At that time, all voting units in Pierce and St.
With 86% of voting units in the district reporting, at 11:30 p.m. Sheila Harsdorf, who has represented the 10th District in the Wisconsin Senate since 2001 and survived a recall attempt last year, had won re-election. At that point, Harsdorf had 45,328 votes to 29,436 for her challenger, Daniel C. Olson. In St. Croix County with all voting units reporting, Harsdorf had 27,988 votes to Olson's 16,924. In Pierce County, only the city and town of River Falls are in the 10th District.
Recently, a thoughtful friend dropped by and shoved a book in my gut and said, "Read this. I think you'll enjoy it." He's not in the habit of ordering people around so I was curious about why he felt so passionate about "We Learn Nothing," by Tim Kreider (Free Press, $20). The dust jacket told me that Kreider is a cartoonist who draws and writes about the human condition in ways that startle. For instance, why do we fall in love with people we don't even like?
My wife and I love to travel to Italy.
Several writers are taking their cues from earlier centuries. In the 18th century, Samuel Richardson found he had a bestseller on his hands when he wasn't even trying. Richardson sold stationery to the hoi polloi. Unfortunately, the women who bought the stationery didn't know how to write, so Richardson gave examples of how to write to your father, your lover, your whatever, bound them and called it "Pamela." Later novelists like Charles Dickens wrote their books serially.
Today we'll examine two new books that have to do with good writing by writers who are indeed very good. One such writer is Verlyn Klinkenborg, who burst onto the literary scene 30 years ago. Nowadays he writes editorial pieces for the New York Times. But 30 years ago he was teaching at Carleton College, and so I reviewed his first book simply because it had Minnesota connections. I was bowled over. The book was called "Making Hay." That year I was elected to the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
White Bear Lake novelist Julie Kramer makes good use of her past experience as a news producer for NBC, CBS and WCCO-TV, which is only one reason she has become a national bestselling and award winning author of thrillers like her latest in her popular Riley Spartz series, "Shunning Sarah" (Atria Books, $23.99). A few weeks back I wrote about how thrillers have been increasingly interested in occupations, so that now we have mysteries with chefs who solve them, carpenters who stumble over them. There's even a subcategory called "Amish Romances," which deals with young Amish people being turn
When you are in your twenties, even if you're confused and uncertain about your aims and purposes, you have a strong sense of what life itself is, and of what you in life are, and might become. Later there is more uncertainty, more overlapping, more backtracking, more false memories. Back then, you can remember your short life in its entirety. Later still, the memory becomes a thing of shreds and patches. It's a bit like the black box airplanes carry to record what happens if a crash.