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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.
Sheila Harsdorf Age : 60 Address : Town of River Falls Job : Legislator, former dairy farmer Education : River Falls High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Family : One son
PLUM CITY -- I have been fortunate in my career to work in some quality K-12 school districts. One of the reasons I decided to come to Plum City as...
WESTERN WISCONSIN -- An art colony is something that forms spontaneously. It may begin with someone looking for a simpler life and another artist comes along to help with the move and finds the area attractive and affordable. Back in the 1970s, artists and friends from the Twin Cities discovered the nearly abandoned village of Stockholm. Big brick homes and old wooden farmhouses offered affordable housing, land was cheap and the young artists were thrilled to find such a beautiful place to make their own.