ADOPTION MEETING A free informational meeting about adoption will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at HOPE Adoption and Family Services, 5850 Omaha Ave. N., Oak Park Heights, Minn. HOPE is a non-profit adoption agency serving residents throughout Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Learn about the types of adoption, timelines, costs and hear an adoptive family share their story. The meeting is free, but registration is required: 651-439-2446, www.hopeadoptionservices.org.
ELLSWORTH IMMUNIZATION CLINIC Pierce County Public Health Service's monthly Ellsworth immunization clinic will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Pierce County Office Building at 412 W. Kinne St., Ellsworth. A consent form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. If a child must be sent with someone other than a parent (i.e., grandparent, babysitter, friend), signed written permission must be provided for the specific immunization(s) to be given that day. Donations are received at all clinic sites. Contributions help assure the continuation of this valuable service in Pierce County. Make sure the entire family is fully protected. With any questions about this important program, call a doctor or the Public Health Department at 273-6755.
ELLSWORTH AREA AMBULANCE SERVICE OPERATING COMMITTEE meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Hall, 151 S. Plum St., Ellsworth. Agenda: Approve the minutes from previous meeting, Treasurer's report, Review 2008 budget, Medical Director Report, General business of the service. The meeting may adjourn to closed session as authorized by state statute 19.85 (1) (c)& (f) to discuss full time employees wages, promotions and performance evaluation of employees of which the Operating Committee has authority to exercise responsibility and to give consideration to specific problems. The Operating Committee will return to open session to take action on closed session items, if necessary. Discuss any other business properly brought before the board. Adjourn.
PIERCE COUNTY PARTNERS IN TOURISM annual meeting will be held at Franke's Big River Bar and Grill, W10516 Hwy. 10 (formerly the Virginian Supper Club) in Prescott, and runs from 5:30-8 p.m. The annual meeting is open to businesses in the area, including PCPT members. The cost is $25/person, or $45/two. Preceding the presentation, there will be an opportunity for networking, followed by a buffet dinner. For reservations or information, contact Paige Olson-Lackey at 425-7378.
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH will meet on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. at Pierce County Office Building, Conference Room. Agenda: Discussion/Approval of Dec. 22 Meeting Minutes. Staff Presentation - C. Bertelsen-Tobacco. Board of Health Chairperson's Report. Director/Health Officer's Report. Financial Reports, Vouchers and Monthly Workshops. Discussion of fluorescent bulb recycling. Any other business that would properly come before the committee for discussion only. Future agenda items. Confirm future meeting dates and times. Board will convene into closed session pursuant to §19.85(1)(c) Wis. Stats. for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility: Performance evaluation of Public Health Director. Board will return to open session and take action on closed session items, if necessary. Adjournment from Board of Health.
THE PLAN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF ELLSWORTH will meet Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ellsworth Town hall, W6058 490th Ave. Agenda: Call to order; minutes; review and discuss goals, objectives and policies for the Utilities and Community Facilities Chapter and Economic Development Chapter; discuss Land Use Chapter and start working on Land Use Map; citizen comments; agenda for next meeting; adjourn.
PIERCE COUNTY LAND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m., Pierce County Courthouse, County Board Room 414 W Main St., Ellsworth. Agenda: Public comment: The Land Conservation Committee will receive public comments at this time on any issue not on the regular agenda. Discussion by committee members may take place, but no action will be taken on any item raised. Adopt agenda. Approve Dec. 18 meeting minutes. UW Ag Agent Report - Greg Andrews. NRCS Report - Mark Biel. FSA Report - Linda Paul. DNR Forestry Report - Gary Zielske. Discuss/take action on 2008 Wildlife Damage Program crop prices- Chad Alberg. Discuss/take action on 2008 Wildlife Damage Program damage claim - Chad Alberg. Review 2008 Conservation Department Accomplishments. Director's Report. Discussion Regarding Future Agenda Items. Committee will convene into closed session pursuant to 19.85 (1)(c) Wis. Stats. for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility: LCD Director annual performance evaluation. Committee will return to open session and take action on closed session item, if necessary. Discuss Next Meeting Place, Date and Time. Adjournment.
THE MARTELL PLANNING COMMISSION will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the Martell Town Hall, Hwy. 63 and CTH Y. Agenda: Review and approve comments on completed elements. Schedule for remaining elements. Review agricultural vision, goals and objectives. Other business. Set future meeting dates and adjourn.
PIERCE COUNTY INFORMATIONAL SERVICES COMMITTEE meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 26, 7:30 a.m., EOC Room - Courthouse Annex. Agenda: Call to Order. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting. Review Departmental Budget. Discuss / Take Action on County Cell Phone Contract. Discuss / Take Action on IS Proposed Office Layout. Discuss / Take Action on IS Transition Plan. Discuss / Take Action on Disk Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan. Committee will convene into closed session pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(c) Wisconsin Statutes, for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility: Director of Information Services annual performance evaluation. Committee will return to open session. Discuss and take action as necessary on closed session items. Director's Report. Set Future Meetings. Adjourn.
PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 27,- 7 p.m. County Board Room. Call to order. Call of the roll by the Clerk. Establish Quorum. Adopt Agenda. Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Public comment: County Board will receive public comments on any issue not related to agenda items, discussion by board members may take place but no action will be taken on any item raised. Introduction of Highway Commissioner candidate Chad A. Johnson. Committee will convene into closed session pursuant to §19.85(1)(c), WI. Stats. for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility: Highway Commissioner candidate. Committee will return to open session and take action on closed session item, if required. Election of Highway Commissioner. Discuss and take action on Highway Department request to purchase equipment in excess of $75,000: Wheel Loader. Discuss and take action on Farmland Preservation Agreement Application for James and Mary Kay Schaffner, Town of Spring Lake, 220 acres, 10 year application. Discuss and take action on Farmland Preservation Agreement Application for Wallace and Carol Franta, Town of El Paso, 179.5 acres, 15 year application. Discuss and take action on proposed amendment to Town of River Falls Ordinance regarding livestock facility siting. Resolutions for consideration: None Ordinances for consideration: None Committee will convene into closed session pursuant to §19.85(1)(g), WI. Stats. for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved: litigation update. Committee will return to open session and take action on closed session items, if required. Appointments: Interim Administrative Coordinator's report: Future agenda items. Such other business as may properly come before the Board: Melander Hill. Adjourn.
THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE OF THE ELLSWORTH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet in the High School Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. The Agenda: Discussion of the school board goal related to the role and structure of the Communications Committee, Discussion of opportunities to expand communications of the school district operations and programs to the public. A quorum of the school board may be present.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY MEMORIALS AND HONORS: For information on the American Cancer Society Memorials and Honors donations, call Kathryn M. Schommer, W3750 200th Ave., Maiden Rock, 54750, 715-448-2903, chairperson of the Pierce County ACS Memorials and Honors program. Or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
PIERCE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. An all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of Pierce County history through education, research and collections. Board meetings, open to the public, are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Local chapter meetings vary. For more information, visit the PCHA Web site at www.piercecountyhistorical.org or contact the Ellsworth office at 273-6611.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE on Mental Illness . There will be a monthly support organization for families and people who cope with mental illness. Meetings will be the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at English Lutheran Church, 229 W. Main St., Ellsworth. For more information, call Marge at 715-307-1921.
AL-ANON: The Ellsworth Al-Anon meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
NEED HELP WITH READING? WRITING? SPELLING? Over the age of 18? Call Indianhead Literacy Coalition, Pierce County, phone 426-5757.
AA SUNDAY EVENING BEGINNERS GROUP will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Group business meetings begin at 6:15-6:30 p.m. in the Pierce County Office Building, 414 Kinne St., Ellsworth (in the employees' lunch room, first floor). For information, phone 273-3579 or 792-2905.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS will meet at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the basement of 373 W. Main, Ellsworth. NA also holds three meetings a week in River Falls on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (candlelight meeting) at 8 p.m., at 101 East Elm St. (upstairs), River Falls. Transportation from Ellsworth can be provided. For more information or to talk, call Christi at 612-385-0915.
DEPRESSION SUPPORT: A peer support group for depression will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Servant of the Shepherd Church on Fourth and Elm, in River Falls. Please come and share strategies for managing life with depression with others who suffer. The group is open to any and all who are interested. For more information, call Rob, 612-385-8414, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOASTMASTERS: Public Speaking. Leadership. Self Improvement. Have a speech, a toast or an announcement to give? Perhaps running meetings or giving sales presentations or simply wish to strengthen speaking skills. Come visit Eclectic Image, a Toastmasters International club devoted to mastering the skill of public speaking. Toastmasters provides a learning environment for improving public speaking, listening, and leadership skills. Gain confidence and learn to think on feet when speaking in public. For more information, contact Leann Hove, 651-324-6357. Make a plan to visit Saturdays, 10:30 am, River Falls Area Hospital, Classroom A.
LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER is a program designed to help women overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. The sessions are the first Monday of the month on alternating months at the River Falls Area Hospital (the first classroom on the left coming in the front entrance). Call the American Cancer Society Navigator at 1-877-423-9122 X 212 or contact Shauna Knott in the Wellness and Fitness Center of the RF Hospital at 426-4573. This program is free to all, but pre-registration is required.
THE MOOSE FAMILY: The Moose supports thousands of programs that bring communities closer together, provide for the youth of Mooseheart Child City and School in Illinois, and care for aged members at Moosehaven retirement community in Florida. Plus, members enjoy benefits and discounts all across North America. To find out more about the Moose organization, visit, www.mooseintl.org or call 425-9152. Family Center 594 is located at 620 N. Clark St., River Falls.
KINNIC FALLS ADA SERVICES will offer a program for first-offense underage drinkers. The program will be held the second Wednesday of each month, from 4-6 p.m., at 902 S. Orange St., River Falls. Call 426-5950 for admission information.
TURNINGPOINT SUPPORT GROUPS: Turningpoint offers ongoing support groups for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Self-Esteem Group and the Children's Support Group meet on Mondays; the Domestic Violence Support Group and the Children's Support Group meet on Thursdays; and the Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. All groups run from 6-7:30 p.m., and meet in River Falls. For information, call 425-6751 or 800-345-5104.
WOMEN'S OPEN TWELVE-STEP AA MEETING will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 3508 Hwy. 35, Bay City, phone 594-3131. Non-smoking.
ELMWOOD TOPS CLUB: The Elmwood Tops Club meets at 6:30 p.m., each Monday at Heritage Nursing Home in Elmwood. For more information, call 639-2911.
MAIDEN ROCK A.A. meets Sundays (topic meeting), Tuesdays (topic meeting), Wednesdays (Big Book meeting) Fridays (campfire meeting), and Saturday (topic) at 7 p.m. at Alano/George Andrews Building, Hwy. 35, Bay City.
MAIDEN ROCK AL-ANON meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Alano/George Andrews Building, Hwy. 35, Bay City.
MAIDEN ROCK WOMEN'S MEETING will be held at 7 p.m. at Alano/George Andrews Building, Hwy. 35, Bay City.
SPRING VALLEY AA: Meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church (Educational Building, basement). For more information, phone 778-5796.