Matthew Lambert joined the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal in December 2016 covering government, school board, and writing features about the community. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.
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TOWN OF SALEM -- The 400th street bridge in the town of Salem has been the source of controversy for the township since heavy rains washed it out last summer. At the Feb. 14 meeting, the Salem Town Board voted to demolish the remaining bridge structure in an attempt to save costs on buying netting for the bridge. The netting would be used to protect and/or contain the bridge debris. The demolition process began March 16.
Ellsworth High School The Ellsworth Drama Club's production of "Prom Night Fright" will hit the stage March 23-25. "Prom Night Fright," a play by Craig Sodaro, is a comedy about two ghosts from the 1920s who were killed at the hotel — the play's setting — which they haunt. With one last chance to get into heaven, the ghosts have to deal with a new hotel owner who wants to host the local prom.
ELMWOOD -- The fifth annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Elmwood Saturday, March 18 saw the streets swarm with "leprechauns," green-bedecked children gathering candy and an Irish clan or two. Bob and Gwen Huebel were the grand marshals of this year's parade.
Ellsworth police were called early Saturday morning after a car crashed into a North Brown Street home. Officers responded to a call of a car running into a home at 1:37 a.m. March 18 in Ellsworth. According to the report: The driver, 39-year-old Ellsworth resident Kari B. Johnson, was believed to be headed north on Highland Drive toward her residence. The report states it appeared Johnson missed her turn, drove through the yard of 497 Highland Drive, hit a curb and a sewer apparatus before striking a light pole and a utility box.
River Falls Raven Hernandez didn't know she wanted to become a school teacher until she was a junior in high school. Ellie Prax grew up in a family of educators and knew her chosen career when she was quite young. Hernandez and Prax are students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Hernandez is studying physics, while Prax is in elementary education. The chance to teach children and guide a generation was all the convincing they needed to explore education as a career.
Sláinte. A fitting saying for the Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. It means “health” in Irish Gaelic. Paired with the word mhaith, it translates to “good health”, a common toast used by the Irish and present at the company as well. Dustin Dodge owns the brewery located downtown in River Falls, and said he and his brewmaster Mike O’Hara have Irish backgrounds they celebrate.
Drug abuse epidemic Ron Schmidt can remember the cook houses in Pierce County. Schmidt has been Pierce County human service director for four years. He still remembers procedures followed when children were affected by these cook houses. "We saw the burning meth house that would catch fire, endanger children, cause toxicity where we literally had drug endangered children protocols where we would decontaminate kids," Schmidt said. "They'd be showered, they'd be cleansed. Making sure there was no residue of meth on them."
Ellsworth School Board On Monday, March 6, the Ellsworth School Board voted to demolish Prairie View Elementary, sell the property on which it sits and sell the Lindgren property for the second time in two months. After receiving interest in the Prairie View property (with the building) after the Feb. 13 school board at which the board voted the first time to demolish Prairie View, Ellsworth Superintendent Barry Cain presented the board with two options:
TOWN OF ISABELLE -- A propane truck overturned early Monday morning after being struck by a car in the town of Isabelle. Dispatch notified the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office of the two-vehicle crash causing at 7:47 a.m. March 13 near County Road EE and 170th Avenue, just outside of Bay City.
PRESCOTT -- Dr. Carl Calabrese wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t even decide he wanted to become a chiropractor until he was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. When Calabrese was a high school student in Spring Valley, Minn., he suffered an injury while pole vaulting for his school’s track team.