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TOWN OF TRENTON--An inspection of the Hwy. 63 bridge spanning the Mississippi River between the Town of Trenton and the City of Red Wing by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) last month shows the bridge is in good condition. "The bridge is in good shape overall," Structure Maintenance Engineer Greg Haig of the DOT District 6 office in Eau Claire said Friday about the inspection findings. Other than some minor surface rust, the continuous overhead truss-type of span exhibited no problems, Haig said.
BELDENVILLE -- An energy-saving exhibit has been added and a sight campaign will again be supported when the 19th annual Apple Festival is held at Circle K Orchard in Beldenville Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. Special displays and information on a dual energy program are a new attraction at the festival this year, according to orchard owner Wilson Mills.
MAIDEN ROCK--Those who enter the former Maiden Rock Schoolhouse these days shouldn't expect to attend classes, but to enjoy recess. That's because the well-known community fixture has been changed from a place for getting an education to a getaway for relaxation and recreation. Owners Gary and Jennifer Peterson opened the Maiden Rock Inn, a bed-and-breakfast there, last month. Their renovation of the structure, ongoing for the last 14 years, is still a work in progress, they agree.
A mill rate of 8.36, a change of 2.57 percent from the past year, was included in the budget proposal at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. The mill rate for 2008-09, representing tax per $1,000 of valuation, compares to an 8.15 rate recorded for the '07-'08 year. A total school tax levy of $7,685,749 is also shown in the budget proposal for the coming year, a change of 5.81 percent from the $7,263,451 levy in '07-'08.
Help is on the way for area manufacturing companies, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce was told Thursday. Representatives of the Northwest Wisconsin Outreach Center, based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, will meet with interested manufacturers next month, according to Bill Warner of the Ellsworth Industrial Development Council.
Pierce County has been in an enviable position this summer when it comes to growing crops. Field conditions for farmers here have shown a marked improvement over the last two years, when extreme heat and dryness threatened the harvest. "I'd say the weather has been just about perfect," Soil Conservationist Jon Krauss of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department said Thursday. For the most part, the county has gotten rain when it's been needed and temperatures haven't been overly hot, Krauss said.
Sharlene Kreye occasionally gets a preview of her future. For example, Kreye played a nurse in an Ellsworth High School production of "South Pacific" before she knew nursing would be her career. "I decided to be a nurse halfway through my senior year," she said Wednesday, remembering her final year as a student at EHS.
PLUM CITY--John Burg was convinced after advancing through three Boy Scout ranks he could become an Eagle. After all, achieving Scouting's highest honor would just mean more of the commitment he'd already made.
BELDENVILLE--Kristi Robinson is putting the skills she learned for a trade to a decorative purpose. Robinson has taken her knowledge of welding, cutting and shaping from past metal fabrication work and applied it to the metal arts.
The Ellsworth School Board got a preview Monday of the preliminary budget to be presented at the district's annual meeting later this month. Superintendent Barry Cain emphasized all the budget numbers are estimates, at this point. "We'll have much more solid figures in October," Cain said, explaining property valuation information from the state should be available by then, along with finalized enrollment, factors affecting the budget. Meantime, the preliminary version shows an ending fund balance of $3,003,140, he said.