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ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School District will have a new superintendent next year. Adam Zenner, its current one, announced his resignation at a special board meeting late last month, effective Wednesday, June 30. The following day, he starts as an assistant high school principal for the Chippewa Falls School District. "The time was right, both personally and professionally," Zenner said, discussing his rationale in making the move. He and wife Ann have three children, all under age 10. Zenner's tenure in Elmwood was three years.
Wednesday marked the unofficial start of the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD), as representatives from the state and area converged onto the Roger and Bev Peterson Farm for Media Day. "We're inside of 50 days and we're going to give you a great show," Executive Secretary Greg Andrews told the crowd. FTD is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, at the Peterson Farm, located three miles outside of River Falls. River Falls Mayor Don Richards greeted the group and stated FTD could have all kinds of benefits for the region. "I think a lot of people in the state are going to know
It took a jury of six men and women less than an hour to determine the future of Christin Swenson. The 19-year-old North Branch, Minn., native was charged last year in Pierce County Circuit Court with illegally delivering articles to an inmate, a Class I felony. Thursday, the jury heard the case and found Swenson guilty of the crime. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20. The maximum penalty for the Class I felony, is $10,000 and/or 42 months prison.
The 652nd Army Reserve Engineering Company made lasting relationships with members of the Ellsworth community during its time here. One special relationship was with the Ellsworth Middle School, as the company used the school in a variety of ways over the years. Now that the 652nd's headquarters will be in Hammond, they wanted to show their thanks. Six members stopped by the middle school last week and presented Principal Steve Broton with a paddle and framed picture, showing their appreciation. 1st Lt.
Jamison Klair was fighting to stay out of jail Tuesday. "This situation has made me want to quit drinking and I have," he told Judge James Duvall during a sentencing hearing. "All I have done since is work and spend time with my son. I haven't missed drinking since this incident. "This has been very traumatic for me and it all comes back to the decision I made." The mixed martial arts fighter was referring to a February 2009 incident in the City of River Falls which initially led him to be charged with two counts of felony battery along with misdemeanor battery.
One of the most popular figures in the Ellsworth School District is only seen by students two to three times a week. During her time, she can be seen bringing smiles to students by doing tricks or just by sitting on their laps.
The planning for the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD), to be held in Pierce County next month, is nearing the end. That was the summary from Greg Andrews, FTD Executive Secretary, given in his monthly report to the Pierce County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. "Committees have reached and surpassed the April 1 expectation of 90 percent of all planning is complete," Andrews wrote. FTD is scheduled for July 20-22 at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm, located outside of River Falls on Hwy.
This summer is going to be another busy summer in terms of repairs around the Pierce County Courthouse and County Office Building. The Pierce County Board of Supervisors, by a 16-1 vote Tuesday, approved the issuing and awarding of $1,695,000 in bonds to be used for building projects around the county. The issue has been debated for the last couple of months as, in April, the board voted 12-5 on it, failing to get the three-fourths vote they achieved at last week's meeting.
May 15, 2010 will go down as a day Alexis Ketelboeter will never forget. The Ellsworth fifth-grader was selected to throw out the first pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers/ Philadelphia Phillies baseball game that day. How she earned the selection is a story in itself. The Brewers held their 20th annual DARE day, and Ketelboeter's essay about what she learned in DARE was selected as the best one submitted. "The more you can personalize it, the better it can be," said Pierce County DARE officer Steve Albarado. "Alexis personalized it, researched it and put a lot of heart into it.
Merlyn Aude called his relationship with the Plum City School District a "love affair." All good things come to an end, however, and this relationship will end after 34 years when Aude retires as high school instrumental and vocal teacher. "It's been like a family," he said, expanding on that relationship. "I loved them all dearly and they love me back. It's been wonderful." As for retirement, "It wasn't an easy decision to retire, but I knew it was time." A party is planned for 4-8 p.m. June 12 at Molly's On Main in Plum City.