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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.
HUDSON -- Xcel Energy is joining more than 80 gas and electric companies across the United States and Canada to protect customers from long-running scams that target utility customers. The collaboration will promote the first-ever North American Utilities United Against Scams Day today. The recognition day will be supported by a week-long campaign that will provide information to customers about what they should do if they suspect scam activity. The collaborative effort encourages the public to share prevention messages.
ELLSWORTH -- Educator Jesus Salas will present a talk and lead a discussion on Three Generations of Migrants: A Family History this week for the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s ShopTalk series. The discussion is hosted by the Ellsworth Public Library and the Ellsworth Senior Center and will focus on Salas’ stories of working alongside his siblings and parents, of being part of the migrant community and of the changes he experienced. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 312 W. Main St., Ellsworth
ELMWOOD -- Former Elmwood police chief and a founding member of both the Ellsworth and Elmwood EMS services died Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the age of 83. According to a tribute written by Mike Baker on the Elmwood Area Ambulance Service Facebook page, Eugene Helmer was a “pioneer” and “among the first licensed EMTs in the state.” Helmer retired as ambulance director at Elmwood in 2001, but Baker’s post reminded people that his influence on Pierce County EMS services will live on.
ELLSWORTH -- The 11th annual Wine & Wishes fundraiser event for St. Francis School will kick off at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at the St. Francis Parish Hall in Ellsworth. This year’s theme, Run for the Roses, will transform the Parish Hall into sights reminiscent of the Kentucky Derby with regalia featuring thousands of beautiful red roses.
PLUM CITY -- As we approach Nov. 8, there are probably many who will be relieved to vote and move on to Nov. 9. Yet, the American Democracy depends on...
SPRING VALLEY -- The next Spring Valley Stagehands production is a play that reflects on the lives of two veterans who return home to resume life on the farm. The show will purposefully run close to Veterans Day, and Legion and VFW post program directors have demonstrated an interest in seeing it. “The Drawer Boy” by Michael Healey, under the direction of Lori Peterson, will hit the stage Nov. 3 for a two-week run.
ELLSWORTH/RIVER FALLS -- The local organization, Basics for Local Kids, is gearing up for the seventh season of collecting and offering winter-wear to western Wisconsin kids in need. The group asks you to gather your gently used and new winter wear including coats, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and gloves in child and adult sizes, and drop them off at a collection box near you. Adult size items are needed for the teens. Your donation will give local kids an option to stay warm this winter.
RIVER FALLS -- The River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are partnering to present a moderated legislative candidate forum for Senate District 10 and Assembly District 30 at 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. A panel discussion will be moderated with prepared questions and written questions will be accepted from the audience and answered as time permits.
PRESCOTT -- As the school district settles into a routine after moving students into new learning spaces, the community has rallied to support the installation of playground equipment at the Intermediate School. The Intermediate School is now home to grades 3-5, as well as the district office and community education. While there are several options for outdoor education and recess, including basketball hoops, four square, hopscotch and a selection of sports equipment, the students will benefit greatly from playground equipment.