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Organizers of Ellsworth's farmers market are making some progress in their quest to attract more buyers and sellers. If it's true the former will follow when the latter appear, Thursday afternoon's market included a positive development. One Menomonie family was represented among vendors at the East End Park market for the first time. Tina Yang said she heard about the local weekly sale and its need to grow participation through a friend.
SPRING VALLEY -- Brown and brook trout living in the Eau Galle River as it winds its way through Spring Valley are experiencing improved conditions. A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crew has undertaken the latest in a series of habitat restoration projects along the river, this one on a stretch behind the local elementary school and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
The real estate business has changed since Jim Nelson and Laura Canada started in it 11 years ago. While they used to get multiple offers on a single residential property, now they represent more properties than there are buyers for them, Nelson said Thursday. Online advertising has become a bigger part of their promotional efforts than ever.
When most area residents think of Gene and Clarisse Beckler, they think of their creativity in taxidermy. The Ellsworth taxidermist, who's assisted by his wife, has recently done custom mounts for some customers instead of the general public. She's contributed several bear and smaller animal rugs in the past. But both have other pursuits keeping them busy now, as well as in the public spotlight. Those are related to music--specifically, singing for him and playing accompanying instruments for her. "I like to sing at home, but not in public," Mrs.
A rollover accident near the far northeast village limits of Ellsworth Thursday resulted in minor injuries to the driver. Miranda Robey was transported to River Falls Area Hospital by the Ellsworth Ambulance Service after the accident was reported at 2:10 p.m. on Crosstown Road, just west of Railroad Avenue. The 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Robey left the road, entered a ditch along a corn field on the north side and rolled over. Robey, who was alone in the vehicle, walked to a nearby residence before being taken to the hospital.
Members of the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center were ready for the annual Rustad picnic Friday. Darlene and Curt Rustad hosted the event at their farm south of the village, near Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Attendees were treated to not only a picnic dinner, but the elaborately landscaped and decorated grounds around the farm's house.
PLUM CITY --- Take a look around Plum City's former post office building at a collection of the village's past. The building, historic in its own right, has been transformed into a "mini-museum" for the Plum City Sesquicentennial Celebration being held in conjunction with the annual American Legion Summer Festival next Thursday through Sunday.
PRESCOTT --- What better time than summer to stage a play with a fair at its heart? Members of the Great River Road Theatre Company of Prescott seem to think so, opening their production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" at Town Square Park across from the Prescott Middle School next week. The approximately 20-member cast was in rehearsals Wednesday. "It's a musical for the whole family," Judy Johnson of the company said. The play tells the story of two sisters and their boyfriends, with the 1903 World's Fair in St. Louis as a backdrop, according to Marvin Johnson, who plays the grandfather.
A proposal for the district to change health insurance carriers was heard by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Health Partners submitted the lowest bid among those providing quotes, which also included Medica, Superintendent Dan Kaler said.
Tammy Kincaid grew up in foster families. So it seems like the new Pierce County Human Services Department director was destined for a career in social services. Kincaid acknowledged Friday her own background was a factor influencing what's been her life's work. "At some point, everyone's lives cross the path of a social worker," she said, indicating the goal is to achieve a positive outcome and be able to move on. Although much of her past points to the work she's done, she didn't necessarily have a directorship in mind, Kincaid said.