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PLOVER, WI — The Wisconsin Rural Water Association recently held its annual Technical Conference in La Crosse, Wis. Over 1,300 water and wastewater systems and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits. At the WRWA conference, Tom Early from the City of Prescott Municipal Water Utility received the association's prestigious 2017 District Operator of the Year award. This award is presented each year to individuals that demonstrate excellence in the field of waterworks operation.
MAIDEN ROCK — Approximately 120 eighth grade students from Ellsworth Middle School visited the Maiden Rock area May 5 to participate in a number of different earth science activities. The field trip was hosted by Fairmount Santrol and the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, Kiap-TU-Wish. This is the fifth year that the two groups have hosted students from the school's eighth grade classes.
PLUM CITY — The Plum City School District was notified this week that it was awarded a National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities under the Agriculture Appropriations Act.
The fifth-grade Math Masters team, performed very well in the annual Math Masters Tournament Friday, April 21, in Hammond, Wis. Cardinal time teacher, Kelly Johnson, from Malone Intermediate School, coached the three teams attending the event. A total of 17 western Wisconsin teams participated as individuals and teams on eight sets of mathematical problems. Malone's Team 3 members Anika Fredericks, Gracie Gujer, Owen Henderson, Austin Oie and Avery Pattridge placed 13th out of 17 teams.
Recently, I had the opportunity to join Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and others on a trip overseas to visit with U.S. service members and to talk with NATO allies in the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland and Estonia. At a time when Russia has taken a more aggressive stance, our NATO allies are looking to the United States to reaffirm our strong national security and economic partnerships.
Annual Youth Government Day took place Monday, May 1 at the Pierce County Courthouse in Ellsworth. Students from six schools participated, including Ellsworth, Prescott, Elmwood, Plum City, River Falls and Spring Valley. County Youth Government Day is a program adopted in Wisconsin in 1954. It provides boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in the operations of county government for one day.
Ellsworth Public Library is partnering with Ellsworth Middle School and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library to bring a series of Little Free Libraries to our communities. The library and the middle school simultaneously identified a need for better access to books in areas further away from the Village of Ellsworth. At the same time, Indianhead Federated Library System happened to be offering planning and financial support for community collaborations through the IFLS Community Engagement project.
The exceptional quality of meat products produced by JM Watkins of Plum City was recognized at the 78th annual Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention in Madison March 30-April 1. JM Watkins, owned and operated by Brandon and Erin Clare, received the following product awards: • Reserve Grand Champion, whole smoked turkey, Cured and Smoked Poultry Class • Reserve Champion, pepper bacon, Flavored Bacon Class
River Falls American Legion Post 121 has announced a new program designed to recognize as "Hometown Heroes" those men and women from River Falls and surrounding areas who are serving on active duty. Once the Post receives the information, each "Hero" will have his or her photo and name, along with branch of service and current duty station, posted on the Post website. Their Legion dues will also be paid while they are on active duty. In addition, these individuals will be highlighted on the Legion's electronic sign when arriving home on leave or when their tour ends.
This past week we celebrated the announcement that the District had been named one of 21 districts throughout the state to receive a "FabLab" Grant through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This $25,000 grant is a great step forward in establishing the FabLab at the high school over the next year.