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Alexander Ristow is looking forward. "I'm excited for the chance to see and do new things," the Ellsworth High School senior said. "What else is out there besides Ellsworth?" Ristow will get that opportunity as he is heading to Minnesota-Duluth in the fall to study chemical engineering. His high school years will end Friday night when he gives a speech at graduation because he finished as the class salutatorian.
Cordero Roman caught the writing bug at an early age. It started out by writing stories in elementary school. Next, it was poetry. Now, it's the "silver screen" that has caught his attention. "I love movies," the Ellsworth High School senior said. "To see what you wrote come to life with moving pictures." Roman is pursing that goal as he will be heading off to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, to study screenwriting in the fall. Before that, Roman will deliver a speech as Class Valedictorian during Graduation Night. The ceremony begins 7 p.m.
ELMWOOD - The Elmwood School District will be undergoing some building projects in the next few weeks. Among the significant is the installation of security cameras, both indoor and outdoor. "School safety is a big topic and we need to be progressive," Superintendent Adam Zenner said. "It's all about the safety of kids when they're in the building." Along with the installation of cameras, there will also be keyless entries. Zenner added that all projects are progressing and will likely be done by the end of summer.
The economic struggles nationally have made its way to Pierce County in another way. Chrysler, LLC announced today in New York that they are closing 789 dealerships by June 9. Included on that list is Quinn Motors of Ellsworth. "This is a sad time," said an emotional Meghan Quinn Kummer, owner of Quinn. She estimated Quinn have been selling Chryslers for over 80 years. "Chrysler looked at a lot of different criteria that we didn't know about," she continued. "It's more complicated than what everyone knows. "This goes beyond the car dealers.
PRESCOTT -- Dani Monteith, Brandi Huppert and Katie Westberg share a common trait besides all being friends: the trio is fortunate a friend or family member has never been diagnosed with breast cancer. "At some point, one of us is going to be directly impacted by this disease," Monteith said. Instead of not concerning themselves about breast cancer, the three of them decided to take action. They will participate in the Twin Cities stop of the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk Aug. 21-23. The walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Susan G.
"This case is all about trust. One person took advantage of it; the other person was exploited by it." Those were attorney Aaron Nelson's words to describe Daniel Place's thoughts about the deer poaching incident last November 15. Nelson was saying the words during the closing statement of Place's jury trial Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Place was charged with failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, a misdemeanor.
The shooter in the deer poaching incident last November expressed his remorse Wednesday. "Mr. (Nicholas) Thayer is devastated, embarrassed and ashamed," said his attorney Aaron Nelson during Thayer's plea hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court. Thayer, 28, was charged with hunting deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, two misdemeanors, from the Nov. 15 incident.
For all those who watched "The Price is Right" during the years Bob Barker hosted, you could recite his saying at the end of each show verbatim: "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered." There's a reason Barker repeated that message. According to numbers released this January from The Humane Society of the United States, more than three million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. The advantages of spaying and neutering are multiple. By doing so, you're limiting the population of unwanted pets.
BAY CITY -- Danny Gokey has thousands of supporters from his home state of Wisconsin cheering him on every week when he appears on the "American Idol" TV show. Gokey, a Milwaukee native, is one of four singers left after last week's performances. However, there is much more to Gokey's story, even including a Pierce County connection. Tragedy Gokey's wife, Sophia, had a congenital heart condition and underwent multiple surgeries during her life. Last July, she underwent another surgery to install a pacemaker and never woke up. She was 27.
The swine flu epidemic that is making national and international headlines hasn't made its way to Pierce County. But, that doesn't mean County Health workers aren't taking action. In a press release sent to local media outlets Thursday morning, Sue Galoff, Interim Director for the Health Department, announced that a 24/7 call line (715-273-6847) has been established with information for the public. She also added that health alert information has been forwarded to local health care providers, including clinics and hospitals.