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Despite the continuing heat and drought last week, local agriculture officials were optimistic area farmers can still salvage some crops from this growing season. Representatives of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department and the county's Farm Service Agency (FSA) office admitted the lack of soil moisture has growers here concerned.
Matching local employers with Ellsworth High School students participating in special programs was a mission discussed by EHS APEX Instructor and Work Release Coordinator Dave Berg with local chamber of commerce members Thursday. "Ellsworth High School offers students several different programs that teach employment skills and career exploration," Berg said. "An important part of these programs is to provide students with a work experience." The school board and administration has committed to doing a better job of making such skills available, he said.
TOWN OF ISABELLE--Farmers are often considered gamblers because they depend on factors out of their control for their livelihoods, primarily the weather. In 1997, Bruce Albarado gambled by bringing cows back to a dairy farm in the Town of Isabelle that had been idle for 20 years. "People told me I was crazy," Albarado said Friday, explaining he turned to farming after tiring of his former job at the tannery in Red Wing. In true gambling spirit, the local native has now had to ask what the odds are of a development like the one that happened in his barn one morning last week.
Pierce County officials feel they're ready to protect the public if an emergency occurred at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant near Red Wing, based on their participation in an every-other-year exercise held last week. Although the final report of evaluators from the Department of Homeland Security isn't due for two months, Pierce Emergency Management Director Gary Brown was pleased with how activities proceeded under their observation Tuesday and Wednesday. "It looked good," he said Thursday about the exercise involving almost 100 people, though admitting his was only a preliminary assessmen
TOWN OF TRENTON--An idea planted by her grandmother took root with seven-year-old Gillian Welsch and grew until the Town of Trenton youngster recently realized a successful harvest. Last month, Welsch donated 10 inches of her hair to the Locks of Love program. The national organization provides custom, vacuum-filled hairpieces from donated hair to people in need who are financially disadvantaged. Chopping off the tresses that previously cascaded down Welsch's back was done at Shear Perfection in Red Wing, where such cuts are free to program donors.
PRESCOTT--Veteran Director Judy Johnson of Prescott's Great River Road Theatre is about to realize one of her long-held dreams. Johnson's in charge of the theatre company's production of "Oklahoma," opening this week in Town Square Park near Prescott Middle School.
Plumbing difficulties resulted in water damage and a mess to clean up at BoJo's Creations in Ellsworth's west business district last week. The floral and gift shop was closed at the end of the week after the damage was discovered upon opening up Wednesday, according to owner Bob Larson. Dirty water came through the ceiling from an apartment above, soaking the shop's main floor and basement.