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Jan. 16, 2004

Forums to Address St. Croix Valley Quality of Life

The impact of regional development on the arts, education and community/rural relations and their implications for the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley will be the topic of three open forums hosted by UW-River Falls.

The three forums will cover all three topics. They are free and open to the public. The dates, times, and locations are:

The topics were selected from more than a dozen problems identified in regional studies of the St. Croix Valley conducted by Twin Cities foundations. The three selected topics were recommended to Chancellor Ann Lydecker by a community forums advisory group of regional leaders.

Advisory committee members include Hudson Mayor Jack Breault; River Falls city council member Carol Robinson; Dr. Richard Hafdahl of Osceola; River Falls City Administrator Bernie Van Osdale; Bill Rubin, executive director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corp.; John Potter, executive director of the Phipps Center for the Arts; and Ron Erickson, manager of the Educational Partnerships Team of the St. Croix National Scenic River Way.

"We hope to draw representatives from all sectors of the Valley's interest areas and communities," Lydecker said. "All of our communities are confronted with the same issues, and some of them are successfully addressing them through collaborations.

"Everyone brings something to the table in resolving these issues. We hope these forums will help the Valley's residents to expand their conversations, to get a sense of what solutions are working, and to create the potential for partnerships to address the challenges and opportunities that can influence our quality of life."

Lydecker particularly encourages community leaders to attend representing such areas as non-profit organizations, government, education, the business community, civic organizations, as well as individual members of the general public.

For more information contact Suzanne Hagen, assistant to the chancellor, at 715/425-3833, or


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