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Norma Taplin initially took a job with the Ellsworth School District so she could see more of her two children, Lori and Jeff, at the time. Taplin has stayed in that position, a secretary for the Junior High/Middle School for the last 40 years, so it's safe to say she grew to like the job. "It was close to home and I hated driving," Taplin explained as her previous job was for 3-M in the Twin Cities.
The first annual Prescott Garden Tour, sponsored by Funkie Gardens, will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16 throughout the city. The event is open for the public. "It will be a great opportunity to view a number of private gardens in Prescott, talk to gardeners and share in their knowledge and experience," said Baard Webster, owner of Funkie Gardens. Cost to tour the gardens is a $10 donation and can be purchased at any of the six stops - Susan and Peter Fox; Jim and Jana Lawton; Mike Erie and Roger Dalziel; Scot and Julie Arndtson, Freedom Park and Funkie Gardens - the day of.
DIAMOND BLUFF - The Estates of Diamond Bluff isn't a normal housing development. First, is its size. The Estates is over 1,000 acres spread out between the Towns of Oak Grove and Diamond Bluff. As a result, the average acre size is three with the biggest being 13. Second, while most developments will have houses that will look the same in structure and design, not here. "We'll have a lot more diversity, different looks in these homes," said co-owner Dan Reiland. "It's encouraged." That falls in line with the third point as Reiland explained.
RIVER FALLS --- A 10-year-old boy was sent to River Falls Area Hospital as a result of a car-bike accident Monday afternoon in the Town of River Falls. The accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 29-35 and CTH FF. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a Chevrolet Suburban operated by Christopher Miller, 48, Lake City, Minn., was traveling westbound on 29-35, approaching the intersection with FF.
Jared Krutke found his calling at an early age. He tagged along with his father, Gary, one afternoon when he was 14-years-old to the local gun range. Gary was able to convince one of his friends to let Jared shoot a machine gun for the first time. The results were instantaneous. "He was hooked," Gary said.
SPRING VALLEY - There have been positives (a visit from President Bush during his 2004 re-election campaign) negatives (a fire in 1991 that destroyed the factory) and many moments in between during Dale and wife Wendy Marcott's near 30 years of ownership of Cady Cheese. Despite all of that, the longtime business, first established in 1908, is undergoing something never seen before, Dale explained. "We've seen a dramatic change in our business," he said. And the leading cause of that has to do with whey, the liquid part of milk.
Jared Krutke found his calling at an early age. He tagged along with his father, Gary, one afternoon when he was 14 years old to the local gun range. Gary was able to convince one of his friends in letting Jared shoot a machine gun for the first time. The results were instantaneous. "He was hooked," Gary said, who has been a Prescott Police Officer for the last seven years.
What Bradley Carlson has undergone for the last six years would be remarkable, even more impressive by the fact he suffers from Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Carlson has been on a mission to walk through every incorporated city, town, village in the State of Wisconsin and, at the same time, walk from one end of the state (the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee) to the other (Mississippi River in La Crosse.) Tuesday, Carlson was in Ellsworth to cross the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin" off his list.
Curt Dumermuth has become the sixth Ellsworth High School teacher in the last 16 years to receive The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award. Dumermuth has taught at Ellsworth for 24 years in the areas of math, science and physics, and 34 years overall. He received the award March 31 at a banquet in Chippewa Falls. "I'm very pleased with this," he said. "It's nice to be recognized for your individual efforts.
Two Ellsworth High School teachers were suspended with pay Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation. School Superintendent Dan Kaler said the pair were suspended because of the investigation and the fact criminal charges could result. "The prudent thing was to suspend the two and let the investigation take its course," Kaler said. "I can't tell you how long the suspension is going to be." The school district became aware of a police investigation the previous week.