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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At the 67th annual Pierce County Dairy Banquet and Program, awards were given to area farmers and 4-H members Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Elmwood Auditorium. Schroeders Family Farms won the Milk Quality Excellence award and High Herd award, while Dale Hines was given the Dairy Service Award. Peter Kimball, former Vice-Chair of the Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee, now Chairperson, was given the Most Improved Herd award. Nellie Mark claimed this year's Spot's Trophy. Jay Richardson, of Son-Bow Farms, donated $8,111 to the Pierce County Food Shelf.
It all started when Darcie Larrieu was looking for a way to raise money for her daughter's trip to London for a cheerleading competition. After pondering what to do, Larrieu got an idea and decided to approach Bill Reed and Richard O'Neil. She approached them because they all have one thing in common. They love Halloween. The first ever Spring Valley Scare was created four years ago, first in a yard, now at the Spring Valley Community Center on the village's main street, McKay Avenue.
"This kind of thing it doesn't happen every lifetime, my hands in your hand we're going to make this spirit to come alive." - "Come Alive" Jourdan Hines sees the sunny side of things. The title track off his debut album "Come Alive" symbolizes his optimistic side through a pop-folk-bluegrass fusion that is sure to warm the spirits of anyone.
At its monthly board meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, Bay City Village Board members talked about possibly surveying parcels of land the village owns. Trustee Jesse Hohmann began the discussion by examining his concerns with the property lines identified through the Pierce County interactive map that show the parcels' land area. Hohmann said that many of the village's property lines go through homes or onto streets and that a surveyor should come take a look.
Growing up, Delton Hoyt didn't necessarily see himself as a police officer, but when he entered college and began taking classes, things began to click for him. "It's always seemed like the path that was right for me," Elmwood Chief Officer Hoyt said. "Every day that I was there, it felt more and more like, this is what I'm supposed to do." Hoyt was hired in July to become the sole police officer in the village of just under 900 citizens after his predecessor, Michael Shaffer, resigned in February.
For three years, Carissa Langer has been learning the ins and outs of the Prescott Public Library. She began as a shelver and worked her way up to being the newly appointed Prescott Library Director. Langer has held her new role for just over two weeks and said she's been enjoying her new position thus far. Former director Jane Enright retired in September after 12 years of service. "It's just a very versatile place to work," Langer said. "Great environment, the people here are awesome and there's just so much that it has to offer."
At the monthly Ellsworth Village Board meeting, Ellsworth Village President Jerry DeWolfe declared Oct. 15-21 Friends of the Library Week. As part of the Friends of the Library Week, an open house will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 at the Ellsworth Public Library (312 W. Main St.) filled with prize drawings, a chance to adopt a Golden book, and a prize drawing for a bag of books. Friends of the Library President Pam Enger said the money raised will help fund a new space for the library, programs, the senior center, and other various causes around town.
Shane Elsen may be young, but he's been working on cars for a long time. Lisa Elsen, Shane's mother, describes her 18-year-old son and husband, Jason Elsen, as kind of gearheads. On Aug. 10, Shane was working on his 1996 Caprice Classic, a "junk car" according to his parents. The car was hydrolocked and was unable to turn the key over. Shane pulled out the spark plugs and ignition fuse. The family garden hose was running charged and ready to go, set next to the Caprice Classic, just in case it might go.
A group of dedicated town of Clifton residents trying to bring a more reliable broadband service to their township are seeking 500 signatures showing support for their cause. The group, named the Clifton High Speed Internet Coalition, was established in March 2017, and is currently at 402 signatures after a recent door-to-door push by members. An electronic survey has been available as well for those interested since June.
The Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation community has welcomed Karl Swedberg as its new administrator. Swedberg has spent the past 20 years in administration roles in Minnesota and most recently in North Dakota. On why he decided to join the healthcare field, Swedberg said he'd rather be able to work with people. "I have a preference for working with humans over things," Swedberg said. Along with working with people, Swedberg said the group he gets to work with closely has a "vast wealth of experience" to share.