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ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Deer Advisory Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Ellsworth High School Library to discuss recommendations for preventing the spread and responding to other chronic wasting disease issues on both a statewide and local level. Unlike the annual spring CDAC meetings during which quota and permit level recommendations are determined, the January meeting will focus specifically on CWD in Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd.
PLUM CITY -- Since 1979, Plum City High School band alumni have come together once a year to dust off their instruments and test their memories for a single night of pep band music. Merlyn Aude has directed the event since its inception; he began his teaching career in Plum City in the Fall of 1976.
PRESCOTT -- With a collaborative community effort, senior citizens in Prescott gained a valuable space for meetings and social gatherings. Space located in the lower level of Malone Intermediate School now serves as a new Prescott treasure officially named “The Gathering Place.” The Prescott Foundation recently provided a $3,000 grant and the City of Prescott provided a $5,000 grant to cover costs for upgrading previous classroom space and future programming options.
TOWN OF HARTLAND -- Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in the “Finding Your Roots” series by the Pierce County Historical Association offering readers a glimpse of Pierce County’s pioneer history, by township. The township of Hartland was organized in November 1857 from part of Isabelle Township. Off to a slow start, it was a year later that an organizational meeting was held at the home of Joseph Sleeper.
RIVER FALLS -- UW-River Falls alumnus Richard Moldenhauer has been named the 2016 recipient of the National Nyswander/Dole “Marie” Award presented by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) for his extraordinary service in the opioid treatment community. Moldenhauer was presented the award at the National AATOD Conference in Baltimore, Md., in November.
STOCKHOLM -- Back in the old country – Sweden – people have always celebrated Christmas, or “Jul,” throughout the entire month of December. Not to be outdone by its namesake, the village of Stockholm will offer its own version of Swedish holiday traditions, “A Stockholm Swedish Christmas,” continuing through Dec. 17.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson and Patrol Superintendent Al Thoner offer the following advice for safe winter driving and answer frequently asked winter driving questions. Why don’t the plows run all night? For county highways, the Pierce County Highway Department follows the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) policy for the state highways in Pierce County, for which the department does the plowing and maintenance.
PLUM CITY -- At its September meeting, the Plum City Board of Education named the district’s new superintendent of schools. Effective Dec. 20, Dr. Ronald Walsh will replace Mary Baier,...
TOWN OF ELLSWORTH -- Ellsworth Township was sectioned off from Martell Township on March 3, 1857 as Perry Township. The name was changed to Ellsworth Township during the Civil War and is named after Elmer E. Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed. The first board of supervisors included P.M. Simons, Caleb Bruce and Wilson Kinne. The first Post Office was set up in Ellsworth in 1860 with Seelah Strickland as the first Postmaster.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- Diamond Bluff had the earliest settlement by a European of any place in Pierce County. Before 1800, a Frenchman arrived and named the area “Monte Diamond,” or Mount Diamond. He married a Native American woman and lived near Monte Diamond until his death in 1824. The area was called the “Old white man’s prairie” by the local Native Americans. The backstory to this Frenchman is difficult to sort out as to what is fact and what is fiction.