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MAIDEN ROCK -- Guests to the Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery earlier this month were welcomed to a different era -- the Medieval Era, to be exact. The business hosted a medieval feast and wassailing of the apple trees on Dec. 6 as part of Stockholm's Country Christmas. Co-owners Herdie Baisden and Carol Wiersma started Maiden Rock Apples in 2000. They added the winery and cidery portion this summer. "I wanted to get closer to the land," explained Baisden, who was in the business world before starting the apple business.
PRESCOTT -- Prescott Mayor Mike Hunter came with good news for those attending the chamber of commerce meeting Wednesday. "The city is in good financial shape," Hunter said. "I'm proud of what we're doing as a city." Hunter also talked about other city highlights during his speech. "I'm very proud of our library," he said. "Freedom Park has been a success beyond my beliefs and the schools are doing good things." Hunter also told chamber members about the city's wish list of improvements, including a multi-purpose trail along Hwy.
There is a student organization at the Ellsworth High School called Just Do Something, a group promoting volunteerism. And by them doing something, fellow students half a world away will see the results. For the last couple of months, the group has been in the process of collecting school and household supplies to send to Afghanistan. The connection is EHS teacher Ryan Casper is currently stationed there as a member of a National Guard outfit out of Duluth, Minn. This is the second "Hearts and Mind" Club Casper has organized.
The pair, who has lived in Maiden Rock for the last five years, has played together as a duo for the last 10. "It's so much fun, as it's our profession, but yet, it's fun just to sit down and play to unwind," Patchouli explained. The pair has combined to release their latest album, titled "Winter Solstice," under the group name Terra Guitarra, which they used to record instrumental projects. It's the second CD they've released under the Terra Guitarra name after the debut album was released last May.
The second of two men charged for their role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City last May was sentenced to three years probation. Michael K. Schumann, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Judge Robert Wing. "He's had no alcohol or drug problems, which is unusual in cases like these," said Wing, explaining his sentencing, which included no further jail. "He has his GED and a history of steady employment." Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB.
The second of two men charged for their role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) in Hager City last May was sentenced to three years probation. Michael K. Schumann, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Judge Robert Wing. "He's had no alcohol or drug problems which is unusual in cases like these," said Wing, explaining his sentencing, which included no further jail. "He has his GED and a history of steady employment." Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB.
Christmas Eve won't be the only night when Santa Claus will make an appearance in Pierce County. Over the next two weeks, Santa is scheduled to make stops in Ellsworth, Prescott, Spring Valley, Plum City, Elmwood, Maiden Rock and Stockholm. The following is information about each city's plans, in addition to Santa's visit, along with what some area businesses have planned to celebrate the holiday season. Ellsworth After years at the American Legion, Santa will now stop at Pamida in Ellsworth Dec. 13.
David Till had already been deployed to Iraq once. He knew a second deployment was possible. "I knew this could happen," Till, Pierce County's Veterans Service Officer (VSO), said. "It's my job. It's what I do." The orders became official last month and Till, a sergeant first class with the HHC 1-128 of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, will be deployed right after the new year. He'll arrive in Iraq at the end of April and depart in February 2010. He figures he'll be back in the VSO office in March 2010.
Over a thousand deer were harvested in Pierce County during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun-deer season. While a majority of those were taken down by shotgun, or a rifle, one particular deer lost the battle versus a car. Pierce County Sheriff's Department Dispatch received a call about 3:30 p.m. Sunday about a car, driven by Amy Binkowski of River Falls, deer collision near W7270 State Highway 65 in Beldenville. Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and found the deer in bad shape.
PRESCOTT -- Chris Falteisek has been a church accompanist for over 30 years, has performed in five U.S. states, in addition to three concerts in Norway, and has recorded 14 albums. For all those successes, his latest project might be the most personal to him. "Remembering," a musical celebrating the lives of Nancy and Candace Simon, will be presented at 7 p.m. next Monday at St.