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Pierce County mailed a survey last week to help 17 towns here gain public input as they develop "Smart Growth" plans, required statewide by 2010. The 35-question Community Attitudes Survey form, featuring mostly multiple-choice answers, was expected to arrive in the mailboxes of rural landowners by the end of last week. They're asked to watch for it, take a few minutes to complete it and return it as soon as possible, no later than Friday, Jan.
TOWN OF TRIMBELLE --- They resemble two-dimensional wall art, but Milton Riemenschneider's hand-carved wooden renderings of subjects ranging from wildlife to outdoor scenes stand in three-dimensional depth as a testimony to time and patience. The woodcarver has over 30 hours invested in some of his work, and that's with the benefit of 20 years of experience, he said Thursday. Using a scroll saw, he painstakingly cuts raised details into the oak, butternut or other woods serving as the basis for each of his wall hangings.
Dan Webster's a senior at Ellsworth High School, and already he's a veteran blood donor. Webster won't attend the American Red Cross Bloodmobile's visit to Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth on Monday, Jan. 8, but it's not because he isn't a regular giver.
TOWN OF EL PASO -- Looking ahead to retirement, Larry Brenner wondered how he could take advantage of the scenic countryside around his Town of El Paso home. Brenner had bought his 300 acres in a valley along the Rush River in 1994, moving there and completely renovating what he called a "shack" on the property.
Doris Hines and Dorothy Seifert suspected they had achieved fame as the subjects of a TV newscast feature last year. Little did the Ellsworth twin sisters know the spot would ultimately be honored for excellence.
Participation and collection numbers from this fall's Clean Sweep at Pierce County's recycling center in Ellsworth were slightly lower than those from the same event the previous fall. Two-hundred-thirty vehicles were surveyed at the Clean Sweep conducted by the Pierce County Solid Waste Department on Sept. 16, according to a report from the department.
What began as an item on the menu of John Kaufhold's former local restaurant has spread to eateries, taverns, supermarkets and other hospitality places and events, not only around this two-state region but across the nation. If Kaufhold's product was a different appetizer or side dish, it might be said the demand for it has mushroomed or even blossomed. But the veteran Ellsworth businessman isn't dealing in those capped vegetables or onions that bloom like a table centerpiece.
The Pierce County Snowmobile Council's picking up where the sheriff's department left off. The council will conduct snowmobile safety classes beginning next month, according to President Brian Pieper. "As a council, we decided to take this on because Officer Brad Verges is no longer available (to organize the classes)," Pieper said Friday. Preparations began in the past month, he added. The council will operate the classes essentially the same as the sheriff's department has in the past, he said. Members have recruited three people who've already been certified to teach the classes.
Amy Miller relocated her Trimbelle River Studio and Design business to the former State Farm Insurance building on Ellsworth's main street this fall. The enterprise was previously housed in a structure between Heartfelt Gifts and Guardianship Diversified Services in the village's west business district. Miller said Friday this has been a "big year" for her, with the move plus the unveiling of her new book, "Stenciling the Arts and Crafts Home." She's also been on-the-road for many of her workshops and shows.
TOWN OF EL PASO --- An El Paso native hopes to host the public at weekly gatherings in the vineyard he's developing on part of his 300-acre property in the town. Larry Brenner, an account executive with a Twin Cities radio firm, said Thursday rezoning related to his Vino in the Valley proposal has cleared the local planning commission and was to receive action at the town board meeting early this week.