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Prescott is down to a single finalist for its police chief position after interviewing six initially in December. The finalist is set to undergo psychological testing later this week, and depending on the results of the test, the city will offer a final contract to the person, said City Administrator Jayne Brand in an email. Current interim Office Chief Doug Ducklow's contract expires in January 2019, giving the new chief a transition period with Ducklow still at the department.
With Christmas only weeks away, communities throughout Pierce County are getting in the holiday spirit early with events that feature Santa Claus and other activities for kids. On Dec. 8, families and kids were able to swing by Milk and Cookies on the Farm with Santa at the Ti-Shi Dairy Inc. / Colbenson Family Farm for tractor pulled rides around the farm, milk and cookies and to see Santa Claus. Just a few hours later they could take the short drive to Spring Valley's Christmas in the Valley event for a chili contest, holiday parade and for pictures with Santa Claus.
Pierce County's "Shop With a Cop" program is back for its fourth year, set to give children in need a ride with law enforcement officials and a roughly $100 shopping spree at Shopko. The annual program is set for 4-8 p.m. at Ellsworth Elementary School. Fifty kids will be paired with an officer to do various activities at the school together, and later will ride with officers to go on a short shopping spree for Christmas gifts for family and themselves.
The price tag of a possible new Ellsworth Public Library dominated conversation at a village committee's informational meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4. About 25 village residents attended the meeting, where plans and costs, which would be split between the village and $2 million in library fundraising, for a new library were discussed. The costs ranged from $7.5 million for renovating the existing library on 312 W Main St., to $3.7 million for a variation of renovating the BMO Harris Bank building at 388 W Main St.
Pierce County jailers are getting protections back, a move that Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove hopes will help the county retain employees. At a Dec. 3 Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, the committee brought protections back. The protected status gives collective bargaining rights and other benefits like an earlier retirement to nine of the county's 15 jailers, and any newly hired jailers in the future.
A 90-day trade battle truce between the United States and China has given some relief to Pierce County Information Services, the county government provider of technology services.
Ellsworth extended its impact fee reduction and finalized a monthly $4 hike in recycling fees for residents at its December village board meeting.
A Nov. 12 Ellsworth house fire displaced a family of four and left the home unlivable. Melody Mason and her three children rented the home — located at W5127 330th Ave. — and were not harmed in the fire. Heavy smoke damage and the fire rendered the home a total loss, and killed the family pets. "I woke up to the sound of windows exploding," Mason said. Mason said she had laid down for a nap, before waking to the sound, called 911 and escaped through the home's window.
A recycling fee hike for Ellsworth residents moved one step closer to implementation at a November village committee meeting.
In October, Pierce County brought on its first-ever dementia care specialist, mirroring a state effort to combat a growing dementia problem. Elmwood area resident Amy Luther is one of 24 dementia care specialists throughout the state which covers 34 of Wisconsin's 72 counties; three of the specialists are based in tribal areas. The state-funded positions are part of an increased focus by the state to address a growing dementia issue.