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HAGER CITY -- Paul Larson explained his latest business venture is about entertainment. "I wanted to do something that was a little different," he said, talking about his inspiration for Hog's Valley Flea Market, which he started last month. "I also wanted it to help the public and make it fun to do." The Flea Market is located where Larson's main business, P.I.G. (Paul's Industrial Garage), is located, on Hwy. 35 near Hager City. Times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the market lasting until the end of August.
Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee. Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before new royalty will be chosen. The 2008 coronation will take place during the Cheese Curd Festival pageant scheduled for June 26. Ashton Gusa, the former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth. The committee informed the Herald Monday afternoon of the reasons for dismissal.
Ninety-eight years ago, an American tradition was established in Spokane, Wash. Sonora Smart was 16-years-old when her mother, Ellen, died in childbirth having her sixth child in 1898.
Whenever Kevin Grant would walk into a retail-based coffee house, a feeling of dislike would come over him. Grant never felt comfortable and relaxed in those places, as he felt it was more of an assembly line--receiving your order and getting you out the door for the next one. "I wanted a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere; a place where people could read a book and play on the computer," Grant explained. He created his goal with the Gathering Place, which recently opened up in the North Acres Business Development in Prescott. It was a matter of connections that led him to Prescott.
A national event will be in Ellsworth later this month as the eighth annual 2008 North American South Devon Junior Nationals will be coming to the Pierce County Fairgrounds June 19-21. The South Devon is a breed of beef cattle that first originated from the counties of Devon and Cornwall in Southwest England, where they have been a distinct breed since the 16th Century. The first South Devons came to the United States in 1969 and 1974.
HAGER CITY -- When Barbra Harriman was 9-years-old, she walked 21 miles for charity. Now, the Pepin native struggles to walk 21 feet, thanks to multiple sclerosis, with which she was diagnosed in 2002. Insurance is unable to cover all the medical costs necessary to treat the disease, so friends and family have come together for a benefit, which will be held this weekend, in two different locations. The Saturday location is at Third Base in Pepin, with the Sunday location at The Bluffs in Hager City.
Festive, fun and family. Those three words and more describe what organizers hope guests will get from the first annual Panther Open June 13-14 in Ellsworth. The Open is sponsored by the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation, whose mission is to enrich and enhance education through private funding. "We wanted to get more people involved from the community," said foundation member Steve Hinck, as the open replaces the art auction on the foundation's schedule.
Recycling newspapers or magazines has been a beneficial way over the years to help save the environment. Now, around the Ellsworth area, another scenario has come about, in which getting rid of paper can be beneficial in more ways than one. Steve and Sue Hinck, owners of Hinck's Economart, along with Wayne Lundgaard of True Value Hardware, have teamed up within the last month to start a paper drive, with proceeds to benefit the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation.
What's the score? It was a question Brad Ristow found he was asking repeatedly while attending one of his children's baseball games last summer. Trying to find out the answer drew the Ellsworth resident nuts. "An older gentleman would always dig through his checkbook when asked, as he kept score on a check blank," Ristow explained. "I thought we can do better than that." So Ristow went to work. With help from Ellsworth area businesses, who either have donated their time, materials or money, three new scoreboards were constructed and unveiled to the public last week.
Outdoor enthusiasts had cause to celebrate Saturday night at the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club. An estimated 400 people were on hand to observe the Ellsworth club's 75 years of existence and the Trimbelle Rod and Gun Club's 50th anniversary. "I love the (Ellsworth) Rod and Gun Club for what it has done and what it is doing now," said Jack Hines, a member of the club for the last 46 years. Ellsworth Over 50 area individuals started the Ellsworth club in 1933.