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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A house fire at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at 166 S. Borner Street in Prescott is under investigation. The fire did not displace the residents, believed to be a rental property, according to Prescott Fire Chief Tom Lytle. The owners of the home are listed in property records as Craig and Amy Lubich. The weather was described as normal with no one home during the fire. Lytle said the fire was contained on the outside near the garage, with the garage not being affected.
With opioid overdoses still on the rise, the Spring Valley Police Department recently trained themselves on using Narcan, a narcotic overdose treatment used in emergency situations. The training is not a requirement for police officers, however Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois said that opioids could become a problem in Spring Valley someday and he wanted to be prepared. "I felt with the great opioid epidemic that it hasn't touched Spring Valley yet...I'd rather be prepared and never use it than need it and not be prepared," DuBois said.
After its third reading, the Prescott City Council passed an ordinance at recent meetings that would restrict certain areas around Prescott where signs can be placed. The ordinance would repeal and replace the previous one, adding language that would not allow temporary signs in the public right of way or political signs on residential property to not exceed 11 square feet nor can they be placed in the public right of way.
The 31st El Paso Days celebration was held in the township on Aug. 18-20 with great weather and even better fun. This year's theme was stagecoach lines, with an actual, classic stagecoach available to give festival goers a chance to enjoy history. The entire celebration was capped off by everyone's favorite, the grand parade, followed by a Wild West reenactment and greased pig contest.
Education wasn't something Dan McGuire necessarily knew he was destined for when he was growing up. McGuire was involved with athletics in school and worked at a lumber yard. In fact, McGuire thought he wanted to be involved with carpentry, until his father talked to him about education. "Once I got out of high school my dad talked to me and said 'ya know, I think you'd make a good teacher, I think you should give teaching a try,'" McGuire said.
At the El Paso Ranch, Ray Dohm and his trusty 13-year-old chocolate lab Daisy are surveying the land. Whenever Dohm hops in his John Deere Gator, Daisy is not far behind. On Sunday, Aug. 20, Dohm and Daisy will be hopping into a stagecoach at the El Paso Days grand parade, capping off El Paso Days. Together, the pair is serving at the El Paso Days Grand Marshals. Dohm farms on his ranch, but has also been the Shop Superintendent in Pierce County for 18 years.
After a closed session at the Ellsworth Village Board meeting Monday, Aug. 7, the board unanimously allowed the purchase of 1.98 acres of land in the East End Industrial Park to Kaufhold's Kurds, Inc. for $2. As part of a Vacant Land Offer to Purchase, Kaufhold's Kurds, Inc. will move from its current location, 440 N. Maple St., Ellsworth, to a location off of County Road C, across from the Ag Star Building. Kaufhold's Kurds General Manager Renee Drummond said the move is out of necessity, a mix of wanting to stay in Ellsworth and a need to expand.
It's that time of year again, when hundreds of revelers flock to a small township to enjoy El Paso Days. In its 31st year, the festival starts Tuesday, Aug. 15 with the El Paso Community Club golf tournament at the Spring Valley Golf Course. Registration begins at 1 p.m. with competition kicking off shortly thereafter. The cost is $50 per person with four-person teams vying for prizes of $200, $100, and $50 (for the teams that finish first, second, and third.)
For the third year in a row, Elmwood and Rock Elm United Methodist churches completed a mission trip for the Wildfire Project. The group consisted of five high school students and four adults from the Elmwood area. Araya Carson 15; Logan Christman, 15; Brooklyn Link. 14; Ryden Carson, 14, and McKenna Kazsinski, 14, were the students, while Adam Carson, Julie Hoyt, Cassandra Rupp, and Rev. Michael Weaver rounded out the adults.
Pierce County residents Verneal Johnson and Roger Klegin were named the Pierce County Most Admired Senior Citizens at the Pierce County Fair on Aug. 11. Johnson has lived in Pierce County for over 80 years and has been a member of the Ellsworth Senior Center for over 20 years and serves as the Birthday Coordinator.