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Preregistrations are due at the UW Extension Office by Friday, March 29, for the Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers’ Spring Garden Expo on Saturday, April 6, at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake.

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At an open house on March 3, about 150 people toured LifeSpring Home, which is the Pregnancy Help Center of Rice Lake’s maternity house opening this spring. Shown are prayers by the PHC staff, local clergy and guests for  the house and its future residents. A house shower on March 2 at Maran…

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Wagging tails and puppy love are components of connection at nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and hospice. And children at libraries are getting joy out of reading to patient dogs.

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Editor’s note: Since its inception Jan. 22, the Community of Rice Lake, Wi Facebook page has amassed 3,500 followers. We reached out to the moderator of the page to talk about its impact on the community. He agreed to an interview on the condition of anonymity, fearing retribution from Camer…

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The Dean’s List will perform a Spring Fling concert March 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge Banquet Hall, 36 E. Eau Claire St. in Rice Lake. There is no admission fee. Free will offerings are accepted with donations given to Deans List Music Scholarships and Elks Lodge   Scholarsh…

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This winter of 2018-19 will be remembered for its frigid polar vortex followed by an ice storm and round after round of snow storms, all of which are conducive to slips, trips and falls.  

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The Barron Public Library hosted a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss on Saturday morning, March 2, that included craft making, storytelling, singing and concluded with birthday cupcakes.

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Augustana Lutheran Church in Cumberland will be holding their second annual Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday Supper, Tuesday, March 5. Serving will be 4:30-7 p.m. with an all-u-can-eat menu of pancakes, applesauce sausage, beverages and dessert. In the Christian tradition, Shrove Tuesday marks the…

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Trinity Lutheran Church  of McKinley is serving an all-you-can-eat palt dinner on Sunday, March 3, from 11:30a.m. to 2 p.m.  Palt is a meat-filled dumpling. There will be traditional or Swedish boiled palt and butter fried or American palt, as well as baked ham, cranberry salad, Scandinavian…

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The Barron Federated Music Club invites all to attend a program presented by Donald Patterson on the life and legacy of Carrie Jacobs Bond has been rescheduled for Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 36 E. Cityview Drive in Barron.  

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Northern Star Theatre company presents “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” a dinner play with audience participation. The play opens March 1 at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge, 36 E. Eau Claire St., and also runs March 2, 8 and 9 at 6 p.m.

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The Student Art Show at the UW Eau Claire-Barron County Fine Arts Arts gallery is open for public viewing through March 1. It features a row of paintings by 2D design students. The featured rooster is by Jocelyn Sager.

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Since she was a child, Paula  McDaniels has had the eye of an artist and a passion to share her skills.

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Bishop Joseph P. Bvumbwe, leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, Africa will  be preaching at Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W. Messenger St., March 2-3. The community is invited to services Saturday at 5:30 p.m. or Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. A reception will follow all three services.

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On May 16, 2017 a supercell thunderstorm produced a tornado in the EF3 category.  Many residents of the area were deeply affected by this tragedy.  Along with the tornado were numerous thunderstorms in the area that caused significant damage to structures.  

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Miriam Vavra of the Feed OuR Kids backpack program  and Jodi Bunnell, store manager of Shoe Sensation, 2701 West Ave., in Rice Lake, encourages the community to donate two or more food items and receive $10 off a $50 card and be eligible to enter a drawing to win a $50 Shoe Sensation gift ca…

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About a dozen attended the Our Resilient Community session with grief expert Kal W. Rissman on Feb. 16 at the Barron Area Community Center. The question posed was how do residents of a small community like Barron make sense of tragedy and return to a sense of normalcy?

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Snow and drifts didn’t keep folks from going about their business in  Barron County back in the 1920s, 30s and 40s if they were lucky enough to own an Eskimobile or other custom-built vehicles made by Swansen Machine Company of Almena.