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Putting their hearts and souls into their music, The Claudettes are bringing their performance to Liberty Tree Farm in Stockholm on May 27. The Claudettes will perform 6:30-10 p.m. Johnny Iguana, who plays piano, sometimes sings and is a songwriter, said the crowd should expect to see and hear a great performance. "We have very strong musicians and singers in this band, but that's all worthless without lots of heart, soul, humor, tears; we put a lot of emotion into our shows," Iguana said. "The shows are rollercoasters of sound and emotion."
The Elmwood High School Class of 2018 celebrated its commencement ceremony Friday, May 18 at EHS.
Two Spring Valley farm owners have had a lot of publicity lately as one of their new arrivals made its appearance in mid-April. Tina Vanasse, who owns a farm outside of Spring Valley with her husband Mitch, said she was going out to do a routine check on the herd on April 19 when she found a surprise. "All the sudden there was a little clump," Vanasse said when she first spotted what turned out to be an albino calf. "All the sudden it poked its head up and I realized it wasn't a clump of snow."
Downed tree causes power line issues An officer responded to a tree that fell across road and damaged power lines on HIghway 35 in Maiden Rock at 9:21 p.m. May 7. The officer helped with emergency lights and shutting down the highway until highway and utility crews could make the road safe. Stolen vehicle Officers assisted St. Croix County Sheriff's office with a traffic stop concerning a stolen vehicle at 5:27 a.m. May 11 on 890th Avenue / Highway 63, Baldwin. A subject was arrested and transported to St. Croix County Jail.
When smoke and flames are blazing in a house, business, or field the community relies on local firefighter volunteers to get the fire under control and keep people safe. Ellsworth Fire relies on volunteers to staff the fire department and Ellsworth Fire Chief Brent Langer said the department is fortunate to have so many people dedicated volunteers. Recently, Ellsworth Fire sponsored nine new volunteers to take classes through Chippewa Valley Technical College to become state-certified firefighters.
During medical emergencies, people expect an ambulance to be available and able to handle the call. However, at the Ellsworth Village Board meeting on May 7, board members heard about staffing issues not only facing the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service(EAAS), but many area ambulance services. Finding paramedics to staff ambulance services is becoming increasingly tough to do.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee met on May 7 to hammer out county employee dental benefits for 2019, highway construction funding, and full-time comprehensive community service employees. The common thread: More money is needed to fund services and projects. Road project funding
The Ellsworth Village Board held a special meeting Monday, April 30 to address questions raised during a 2017 audit of village finances concerning the balances in the capital equipment and repair and the general funds. Rob Ganschow, partner at Wipfli LLP, was at the meeting to give information about the audit. He said fieldwork for the audit was done in late January 2018. He said in 2012 the capital equipment and repair fund was started "for the village to maximize state funding."
After almost 29 years of teaching special education at Spring Valley Elementary School, Alice Monett will retire after this school year, but said she plans to stay involved with the school going forward. Monett started her teaching career working at both River Falls and Ellsworth school districts. At that time, a River Falls elementary school guidance counselor told her that if she wanted to have her pick of full-time positions she should take a special education course. So Monett became licensed in special education.
Helping community members during the worst of times is what Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service (EAAS) members do. The new EAAS director plans to ensure members have the resources they need to best serve the community. Jessi Willenbring officially took over as EAAS director April 24, but had been serving as interim director since Dan Morth stepped down Feb. 4. Willenbring became a paramedic with EAAS in April 2016. She previously served as an EMT and a paramedic on the River Falls Ambulance Service. She also worked at Healtheast in St. Paul.