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PANCAKE BREAKFAST: An all-you-can-eat eggs, pancakes and sausage breakfast and raffle will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 29, at the Tilden Town Hall & Fire Department, 10790 100th Ave., Chippewa Falls.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under age 5 will be admitted free.

The event is sponsored by the Tilden Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

The fundraiser will help purchase equipment for the Fire Department.

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SCHOLARSHIP: Dove Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation provider, named Marcy Olson of Osseo as a recipient of the newly established Sandy Rasmussen Annual Scholarship.

The $2,500 scholarship was created in honor and appreciation of Rasmussen, an employee of Dove Healthcare-Rutledge Home for more than 45 years. She has served the residents in numerous capacities.

Rasmussen has also volunteered countless hours fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society.

Olson is a certified nursing assistant for Dove Healthcare-Osseo and West Eau Claire. She is pursuing a nursing degree at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

The scholarship committee selected Olson based on her letters of reference, an essay, volunteerism, work ethic and character.

Olson’s volunteer efforts include REACH Youth Drop-In Center, Echo Food Shelf, Red Cross and Future Business Leaders of America.

The scholarship is available to Dove Healthcare employees pursuing post-secondary education at a technical college or four-year university.

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GOLDEN RULE: Chippewa Falls High School students Abby Opsal and Daniel Modl, along with Chippewa Falls McDonell High School student Tjorven Landwehr, were honored as “Golden Rule Students” by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

In honor of their recognition, the club donated $50 to the charities of the students’ choice.

Opsal, daughter of Darrin and Chris, selected Catholic Charities.

Modl, son of Dan and Tammy, selected Chippewa County Youth Court.

Landwehr, son of Thorsten and Mary, chose Prevent Suicide Chippewa Valley. 

Throughout the year, the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club chooses seniors from Chippewa Falls and McDonell high schools, nominated by the respective schools’ teachers and staff, using criteria including:

• Respect for all nationalities, race, ages and gender.

• Would be willing to stand up for the rights of others.

• Active in doing community service.

• Being goal oriented.

• Taking responsibility for one’s own actions.

The club meets at noon on Wednesdays at Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls.

For more information, visit chippewafallskiwanis.org. 

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RECOGNIZED: Dan Clark has been recognized for his service to the Neillsville Area Players theater group.

Clark received a plaque for his many years of service as a board member, president and contributions to advertising, set building and performing in shows.

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RESEARCH: Grace Gasser, an Iowa State University student from Eau Claire, discussed her research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Gasser was among 51 Iowa State students chosen to attend this event.

Gasser’s research is “Characterization of Immortalized Wildtype Microglial Cells.”

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SECOND PLACE: Jacob Schofield, a mechanical engineering major from Chetek, was a member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Clean Snowmobile Club that took second place for its internal combustion engine at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers International Clean Snowmobile Challenge in Houghton, Mich.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth team put engineering design and project management skills to work to create a prototype sled that cuts down on emissions and runs quiet.

Teams from around the world participated in a rigorous six-day event that included inspections by professional engineers, a 100-mile endurance run, cold start tests, handling and acceleration courses, and technical presentations.

The team also received the “Most Practical Solution” award for the best overall score on the lowest cost, design paper, best reduction in emissions and sound output.

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