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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There are some high schools in the United States where the person next to you might be a stranger. At Elmwood High School, the junior class won't have any trouble with that. On Saturday, April 29, every single member of the junior class will be on the prom court. This can happen because the class is made up of 10 students. Many said they're used to having such a small class, since it was that way before high school. One student said the class acts "like siblings most of the time."
The Spring Valley Village Board approved an option that would place 16 lots in the Red Fox development property at its April 20 board meeting. The board had the choice of selecting between having 16 or 17 lots, with variations in size being minimal, except for Lots 12 and 13. In the 16-lot option, Lot 12 totals 87,180 square feet, or 2 acres in size. In the other option, there would be 17 lots, splitting Lot 12 in half. Trustee Mary Ducklow favored having 17 lots over 16 to give people more options to choose from.
April 25 was proclaimed "Fab Lab Day" by Gov. Scott Walker in the state of Wisconsin, with the Ellsworth School District receiving a $25,000 grant to go towards the creation of a Fab Lab. Ellsworth was one of 69 school districts to apply for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation grant, but only 21 were selected to receive it.. The WEDC gave a total of $494,809 to the 21 school districts. The maximum amount of money that could be given to schools was $25,000 with two or more districts being eligible for $50,000.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved replacing all 1.5-inch, 2-inch, and some 4-inch water mains with 6-inch mains when it takes over the problem-ridden Huppert Water Utility. The board also approved abandoning the well/ tank that Huppert Water currently utilizes. The cost will be $473,450. A second option, replacing all 1.5- 2- and 4-inch mains would have cost $637,000. The 4- inch mains on Golf Course Lane will remain in place.
At the Ellsworth Village Water and Sewer Committee meeting Monday, April 10, board members again asked for community input on two options in regards to upgrading the infrastructure of the Huppert Water Utility when it transitions to village ownership. The two options presented were: • Replace all of the 1.5-inch, 2-inch and 4-inch water mains and abandon the current well and tank. All the mains would be changed to 6-inch, with a net cost of $637,000.
At the Bay City Village board meeting Wednesday, April 12, the board unanimously approved the replacement and installation of a new dock at the Bay City Campground that will cost $15,750. The current dock has been taped off, restricting entry due to concerns over its safety, according to Doug Whaley at the Public Works Department. Whaley presented the board with three options: one, fix the current dock; two, purchase a dock that will be the same length as the current one; or three, pull the entire dock out and install a new one.
SPRING VALLEY—In 1994, Kenneth Lasure and his family arrived in Spring Valley when he took a position as the middle/high school principal. Lasure finished the last few months of the school year, moving from Black River Falls where he was a high school assistant principal. At the April 10 Spring Valley School Board meeting, a meeting he's attended for decades, Lasure presented the school board with a letter that said he will be stepping down from his position in June as the elementary school principal after 23 years.
PRESCOTT—Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) held a town hall meeting at Prescott High School on April 12, taking questions and hearing concerns from her constituents. The crowd was mostly welcoming to the senator with around 60 residents coming, along with most of the high school. Prescott High School social studies teacher Jeff Ryan invited Baldwin to speak at the school; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke to his class the previous day. Johnson did not hold an open town hall, rather a question and answer session with students.
TOWN OF DIAMOND BLUFF -- A fire that broke out at a rural Prescott business was still smoldering six hours after it started Saturday morning, shut down a state highway and drew more than 10 departments to respond. Scanner traffic reported a fire at roughly 11:15 a.m. April 15 at River City Metals & Auto Salvage (N3941 State Highway 35), which is located south of Prescott in the town of Diamond Bluff.
When Rick Kornmann was elected to the Ellsworth School Board 18 years ago, he was given some advice from another board member. The advice was a quote from Theodore Roosevelt. It's famously known as "The Man in the Arena," an excerpt from a speech he gave in Paris in 1910. The quote talks about how someone who criticizes only, but doesn't act, doesn't deserve credit, but rather the one who places themselves "in the arena" will be heralded whether they fail or triumph.