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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The 2017 Cheese Curd Festival was held on June 23 and 24 in East End Park in Ellsworth. The Festival had everything from live entertainment to, of course the namesake of the festival itself, delicious cheese curds. There was live music such as Brooke Thoen, The Swamp Kings, CCC4, Papa Dweeb and Claire, Chaunté Shayne, and many more. Children could play on haystacks, play on the jungle gym, and even roll around in a box full of corn kernels that would have normally been filled with sand.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was in Pierce County on June 24 with his motorcade. At one of his short stops, Walker visited Freedom Park in Prescott. Walker pulled off with his large group of bikers and listened to a presentation from Gail Buhl from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. Buhl, the education program manager at the center, showed of a bald eagle from the center and spoke about the dangers of lead in fishing and hunting to bald eagles and gave some facts about them as well.
It starts with milk. Not just any milk. The best milk. For years, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has been making some of the best cheese curds in the world; the secret is the milk. CEO Paul Bauer said the Ellsworth Creamery gets 1.9 million pounds of milk per day between its two plants (the other is located in Comstock). "We don't have a lot of milk holdover," Bauer said. "Literally it could come off the truck and be in a milk vat in the same hour."
As a part of the proposed Glen Park renovation project, the City of River Falls hosted an open house at the Glen Park event shelter Wednesday, June 14 in order for community members to learn about and comment on upcoming design and improvement options. This event was the first of two open house opportunities for residents to give feedback and meet with people working on the project.
In its second year of existence, the Prescott Hall of Fame will induct a former teacher and a United States Air Force Captain. The Prescott Hall of Fame Committee will induct Dallas Eggers and Brady Behrendt Sept. 30. Eggers, a 1970 Prescott High School graduate, was a Milken National Teaching Award winner and taught for almost three decades at PHS. Over his lifetime, Eggers has been a member of many organizations including Prescott Historical Society, Prescott Cable Commission, Freedom Park Board and Prescott Community Recreation Board.
Up-and-coming country singer and songwriter Chaunté Shayne will be performing at this year's Cheese Curd Festival. Shayne, a River Falls native and 2013 River Falls High School graduate, has been pursuing a music career for the past year. Throughout high school, Shayne was involved in multiple choir groups and thought about becoming a musician at an early age because her father Hardy White, who is her manager, made singing "look cool." Shayne describes her music as "powerful" and hopes that she can inspire women to "speak their minds."
Ellsworth Community and Prescott school districts will say goodbye to several longtime employees this summer as they retire, taking on the world of traveling, gardening, grandkids and more. Those who answered a Pierce County Herald retirement survey have their answers published below. Erin K. Marcks Position: Speech Therapist for Early Childhood Years with the district: 32 Retirement date: Summer 2017
For close to five months, the Elmwood Village has been without a police officer that worked strictly for the village. At the monthly board meeting June 12, that fact has changed. Village Board member Neil Boltik, who heads the Police Committee, recommended hiring David Hartl, an officer with 20 years of experience in the Milwaukee Police Department.
At their monthly board meeting, Clifton Town supervisors saw the small Town Hall filled with residents trying to find a way to bring better broadband services to the township. Village Chair LeRoy Peterson called out to the crowd saying that, before they hear from the Clifton Broadband Coalition, that people interested in commenting should do so in a courteous, orderly manner. " I'm going to limit it to three minutes per person," Peterson said. "We've got a big group here and I don't want to be here all night."
On June 14, the Wisconsin State Assembly will recognize Ellsworth resident Tasha Schuh as a "Hometown Hero." Schuh was nominated by Rep. Warren Petryk, R-Eleva, because of Schuh's "resilience and positive community impact after a tragic accident in high school that left her a quadriplegic," according to a press release sent out by Rep/ Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna. Schuh said when she found out she was going to be recognized as a "Hometown Hero," she had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn't dreaming.