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Prescott residents will have the opportunity to hear about important efficiency updates to the Malone Intermediate and Elementary School buildings at a public hearing Aug. 16. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Intermediate School library, 1220 St. Croix St., followed by the regular school board meeting. A second opportunity to learn about these improvements will happen at the school district annual meeting Aug. 30. This meeting will also occur at the Intermediate School library. A presentation outlining improvements, funding costs and savings estimates will be included.
The Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library dedicated their newest Little Free Library at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, east of Ellsworth on Highway 72, on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce was there with their ribbon and big scissors to make it official.
A view of Dexter Street, just south of the new Prescott High School, reveals a "diamond" in the rough. In fact, several baseball diamonds are beginning to appear where the Prescott Community Recreation youth sports fields are being developed.
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services was proud to sponsor area high school students to the Youth Leadership Congress at the UW-River Falls campus July 26-28. Eight area students joined about 120 other teens from Wisconsin for the event. Attending this year's congress were Jasmine Place (Ellsworth High School); Cade Budworth, George Wazlawik and Erik Zielinski (Prescott High School); and Nikolas Blaubach, Nathan Fuller, Sylvie Parks and William Tuchtenhagen (River Falls High School).
Prescott School District is pleased to welcome Trent Probst as the assistant principal at Malone Elementary. A graduate of UW-Whitewater in 2011 and Cardinal Stritch in 2016, Probst has been in education for six years. For the past two years, he worked in the Somerset School District as a physical education teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment, which included assistant principal duties. He was also the assistant football coach and assistant baseball coach.
The following incidents were investigated by the Ellsworth Police Department July 24-30. Arrest Nathan Magnuson, 33, River Falls, was arrested for a probation violation in the 300 block of West Main Street at 3:35 p.m. July 26. Email hacking Ellsworth High School Principal Mark Stoesz reported to police that a teacher's email had been hacked by someone trying to request money at 1:13 p.m. July 27. Stoesz said no money was transferred. Almost home
So much has been happening in the library this summer and now it's time to turn outward! In addition to participating in National Night Out on Aug. 1 and attending a ribbon-cutting at St. Paul's United Church of Christ for one of our six Little Free Libraries on Aug. 2, here's what else is on the library calendar for the month of August.
Elmwood's UFO Days, held July 28-30 saw the return of two popular events for the first time in 20-plus decades: the carnival and the paper plate drop. Highlights of the festival included a breathtaking fireworks show Saturday night, the paper plate drop, which showered recipients with coupons and prizes Friday night, plus the crowning of the 2017 Elmwood Royalty court and recognition of grand marshals Donna Lien and John Bates, who led the Grande Parade Sunday.
Over the past two weeks I have received some great photos to use for the mural that will be in the new Ellsworth Elementary School lobby opening in January. I have also had the pleasure of talking with some local photographers about their work. Through the month of August we will be working to design the mural based on the pictures we have available or find through more contacts.
Prescott School District welcomed Kyle Igou four years ago as the high school assistant principal and athletic director. It was his first administration role following a solid background in teaching and coaching. He has become a familiar face to many students, parents and staff members throughout the district since fall of 2013. Igou helped guide the transition to a new high school and has been instrumental in helping the district achieve objectives set at the high school level. This fall, he will continue his career path as the Prescott Middle School principal.