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Elmwood School District is continuing to investigate a report of a student saying he/she was going to bring a gun to school. The district electronically released a statement to parents and staff and posted the statement on their school website over the weekend of Feb. 24.
Not only does the new coffee place in Ellsworth offer a place to get great coffee but it offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for the entire family. Matt Bronk opened The Twisted Oak Coffee House on Broad Street in Prescott in December 2014; his second location recently opened on Main Street in Ellsworth in February 2018. Bronk said Ellsworth made a great choice for his second location; so far he has been happy with the decision to open his second coffee house in the county seat. "I think Ellsworth really needed some good coffee," Bronk said.
In the wake of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., local schools look to community and families to help keep students safe. "The event on Wednesday is a nightmare none of us want to experience," Hudson School District Superintendent Nick Ouellette said. "As a school community, we are all committed to ensuring the practices and protocols we have in place are the best they can be. Student and staff safety is paramount to that commitment."
In our own backyard, there are local producers selling locally made products that many consumers may not even know about. From honey, to maple syrup, to barbeque sauce, you can buy it from your neighbors. Brad Mogen, owner of Trimbelle Valley Apiary LLC in the town of River Falls, said there is a benefit to buying local products. While local honey may be more expensive than honey bought in the store, you don't always know how the honey is made, Mogen pointed out.
Feb. 14 may be known to many as the day of love because of Valentine's Day, but to some this day represents the love given for those that donate an organ, eye or tissue. Besides Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor's Day. Organ donor recipients from all over the United States have been given a second chance at life when they receive a life saving organ.
The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) held its annual meeting Jan. 30, 2018, to recognize local businesses for their contributions to Pierce County. PCEDC Board of Directors President Michael Fronmueller welcomed everyone to the event, held at the University Center at UW-River Falls. PCEDC Executive Director Joe Folsom spoke to attendees about his return to the area and being ready to help Pierce County. He wants to have open communication with the public and be able to collaborate on ideas for the betterment of the county and its entrepreneurs.
Many knew, respected and cared for former UW-River Falls College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) professor and assistant dean Gerald "Doc" "Jerry" Matteson who died at the age of 82 on Jan. 9, 2018. Matteson began his career at UW-RF in 1966 and retired in 2000, although he came back after retirement to help. He served 18 years as the CAFES Assistant Dean from 1976-1995. "I worked closely with him for probably about 30 years," said Gary Rohde, former Dean of CAFES. "He was a high energy person, dedicated, took his work seriously."
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers a tour along the Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. Dennis Donath, Pierce County commissioner on the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, said in Wisconsin the Great River Road stretches 250 miles along Highway 35. Besides Wisconsin, the Great River Road goes through nine other states including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Prescott is home to a new business that will be officially opening its doors on Monday, Jan. 29. Rishihesh Ram Motilall, president and chief executive officer of Diversified Manufacturing Corporation (DMC), said the business was incorporated in 1987 and has been in business for 30 years. The company manufactures and labels a variety of products.
Prepare to laugh and have a good time as the Great River Road Theatre of Prescott performs "Lie Cheat and Genuflect." Play director Judy Johnson said the audience will be laughing throughout the entire play, which was written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane. She and cast members added some of their own ideas to keep the audience laughing. "It just has some real funny things about it," Johnson said.