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Two Pierce County residents got a sampling of life in the military last month. Mark Stoesz, Ellsworth High School Principal, and Jeff Holst, Pierce County Board Supervisor, spent part of the weekend of Aug.
A former Prescott teenager plead guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to negligent handling of burning materials. Michael A.D. Borash, 19, who now lives in North Dakota, pled guilty to the misdemeanor as part of an agreement. He was originally charged in July with felony possession of improvised explosives. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police were called out to a residence on River Terrace St. as the homeowner found what was believed to be some type of explosive device, which police later confirmed.
There are many different words to describe UW-Extension, but it all boils down to one. "Education," said Agriculture Agent/Co-Department Head Greg Andrews. "Our role is providing educational programs based on local needs," which could be from agricultural to youth development to horticultural. Added Lori Zierl, Family Living Agent and Co-Department Head: "We cover from pre-natal to senior citizens. Those that know us love us." Last month, UW-Extension found out what the public thought of those programs. A survey was conducted by Dr.
Jason Matthys had an awakening the last 2½ years. Matthys spent that time as patrol sergeant for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and found out while enjoying the patrol duties the behind-the-scenes portion of the job intrigued him more. "It definitely opened my eyes to what my capabilities were," he said, about tasks such as equipping each squad car, working on the county's radio system, mobile data and computer software.
Is Nugget Lake Park the only park in Pierce County? Apparently, a sampling of county residents thought so. Those findings were made available in a survey conducted by Dr. David Kuehl, professor in land use planning and conservation at UW-River Falls, and students in his community analysis class. Over 750 property owners scattered throughout the county responded.
Some burglaries never get solved. So imagine Susan Brunkhorst's surprise less than a month after being a victim, the likely suspects have not only been found, but also some of her belongings. "Many thanks to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and their investigators for all the work they have done," she said.
Quality One Woodwork has launched an outlet store in Ellsworth earlier this year. The business, which was founded in Hastings, 13 years ago, features a full line of unfinished oak cabinets, utility cabinets, bathroom vanities, and accessories. "Our goal was to expand further from the Minneapolis market into Wisconsin," said Ryan Brintnall, Sales Manager. Randy Hartl, Operations Manager, said they chose Ellsworth due to its rural setting and the location of the building (the old Foley building located behind Ellsworth Ford).
For those who think life can't get any worse for them, meet Terry May. May traveled around the country for 11 years working construction, specializing in hospital additions. In 2007, May landed in River Falls where he was project supervisor for the addition to the River Falls Area Hospital. That job lasted 18 months and May figured he would move right on to the next one. Which was in Michigan where he was headed. He received a call en route saying his services were no longer needed. "I was one of 100 employees laid off," he said.
Pierce County residents think highly of the services offered by the highway and solid waste/recycling departments. Those findings were made available in a survey conducted by Dr. David Kuehl, professor in land use planning and conservation at UW-River Falls, and students in his community analysis class. Over 750 property owners scattered throughout the county responded. Kuehl explained to the Pierce County Board when presenting the survey last month, it basically asked "the value of services to the individual." He said the services and language used for the questions came from the county.
ELMWOOD--Jennifer Alwin was born in River Falls and graduated from Prescott High School. Her parents now live in Spring Valley and her in-laws reside in Baldwin.