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I've written before about alternative history and writers like Harry Turtledove. He writes what I like to call "what if" novels. Like what if the Germans won World War II? What would happen? (Answer: Kennedy would be president. Not Jack Kennedy, but his father, the fascist sympathizer, Joseph.) Just now I've been faced with a similar, but somewhat different challenge in The Columbus Affair," by Steve Barry (Ballantine Books, $27. Barry writes historical thrillers. This time he's out with an investigative reporter who has fallen out of favor because of a snafued assignment.
The State Patrol has identified the couple killed in a head-on accident south of Prescott Sunday as Richard E. Skare, 72, and Irene Ruth Skare, 71, both of Stillwater, Minn. The Skares were northbound on Hwy. 35, just north of Pierce County Highway QQ when they collided with a southbound 1994 Chevrolet Lumina being driven by Randy J. Tape, 51, of Prescott. Tape and his passenger, Tammy A. Decker, 53, of Hastings, Minn., were both transported by medical helicopters to Regions Hospital in St.
Prescott's position in the St. Croix Valley League is still solid as the Pirates pounded Ellsworth 12-1 in eight innings in a league contest at Young Field. Mark Moriarty started the game for Prescott as he went six innings only allow one hit, albeit, a solo home run to the Hubbers' Nate Hove. Jim French had three hits, two singles and a double while driving in four runs. Nick Johnson, Chris Terrazas and Dillon Powell each had two hits with one of Powell's being a two-run homer.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Pewaukee native Mark Wilson kept his Number-one spot in the PGA's Fed-Ex Cup season point standings - but only because Luke Donald didn't win the Heritage tournament. Donald would have taken over the top-spot in the Fed-Ex standings, and he would have become the top player in the World Golf Rankings, had he won a playoff yesterday at Hilton Head Island. But Brandt Snedecker won the three-hole playoff, and Wilson maintained his Fed-Ex Cup lead by 63 points over the second-place Donald. Wilson tied for 21st at the Heritage.
Preliminary totals of the first two days of the gun-deer season show a slight decline in harvest totals for Pierce County but a slight uptick in harvest numbers across the west-central part of the state. According to the west-central office of the DNR, the 19-county west central region, the opening weekend buck harvest is up 13 percent. The antlerless harvest (preliminary estimate) is down five percent and the total deer harvest for opening weekend in is up 3 percent, compared to opening weekend in 2009. In Pierce County however the hunt numbers were down slightly from 2009.
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.
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
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).
"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.
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.