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Continental Ballet Company and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will combine efforts again this year to stage the classic "Nutcracker Ballet" at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2 p.m. Dec.
Morris Day and The Time, described as "masters of cool," will present a concert of funk music at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Created by Prince, the group is best known for a mix of danceable funk-rock music and the flamboyant personality of lead singer Morris Day. Day went to school with Prince and was in his first band, Grand Central. The popularity of Morris Day and The Time grew when Day was cast in the feature film "Purple Rain" as antagonist to Prince.
PEPIN -- Three holiday films, two for children and one for the adult set, will be shown Dec. 20 at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center, located at Second and Main streets. A free matinee for kids and families is set for 4 p.m. Films will be "The Red Balloon" and "White Mane," both G-rated classics from French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. Screen time for the double feature is 72 minutes. "The Red Balloon" is a deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale about a young boy who discovers a stray balloon that seems to have a mind of its own.
One of the first novels ever written in English, in 1740, was a humdinger named "Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded," by a London businessman Samuel Richardson. Richardson was in the stationery business, selling fancy paper to rich women, who needed to send out thank you notes.
Ellsworth 4, Osceola 2 BAY CITY -- The Panthers won their second game in a row to improve to 2-1. In the decisive second inning, Ellsworth opened with back-to-back singles and loaded the bases with one out. One Osceola error and two walks later, the Panthers had a early 3-0 lead. They tacked on a run in the fourth and allowed two runs in the sixth to get the final outcome. Elliot Jensen started and pitched four shutout innings to collect the win.
ELMWOOD, Wis. -- Pepin's Molly McIntosh did everything she could to keep the Lakers in the game, but her defense let her down in the late innings Friday in an 8-2 loss against Elmwood. Leading 2-0 after four innings, McIntosh very nearly retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth. Instead, miscues resulted in a four-run rally in back-to-back innings. The seven Pepin errors led to all eight runs. "We had just a total mental breakdown, we completely came unglued," Pepin coach Matt Bellerive said.
Ellsworth High School Principal Charles Buckel is one of six finalists for superintendent in the Cochrane-Fountain City (Wis.) School District. Interviews will conclude Wednesday, and the School Board could make a decision shortly thereafter, according to interim Supt. C.L. Lehman. The district considered 21 applicants. The new superintendent will be announced once he or she accepts the post. The individual will take over July 1.
ELLSWORTH -- A mother on the way to the hospital with her sick baby stopped to get help at Speedway Wednesday morning, but the baby died. "The baby wasn't breathing," Shari Duhrkop, manager of the local convenience station and store said Friday. Duhrkop said she called 911 and soon had two ambulances plus the private vehicles of several emergency medical technicians arrive at the business in the village's midway district.
PLUM CITY -- Ashley Hinrichs' 20-point, 10-rebound performance Tuesday night in a 42-39 victory is the main reason the No. 3 Blue Devils didn't suffer back-to-back WIAA Division IV playoff losses to No. 6 Eleva-Strum. Last season the Cardinals -- as the No. 3 seed -- knocked out the No. 6 Blue Devils in Eleva. "We really didn't play our best, but we played well enough to make it through," Hinrichs said. Fellow sophomore Amanda Daleiden added 10 points for Plum City, and also stepped up as the Blue Devils' No.
Nancy Ortwerth dared to challenge her boss because she thought she could do a better job running the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Voters agreed, electing her 7,832-6,108 over Everett Muhlhausen. "It looks like it's going to be a whole new adventure," Ortwerth said shortly after midnight today. The 40-year-old DARE officer got her start working in the Ellsworth Police Department in 1989, where she patrolled and helped with investigations.