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Because of the people of Plum City, new library director Kayla Campbell said she knows the Plum City Public Library is where she is meant to be. Having worked at the Plum City library since 2012 and then being placed as interim director for Jacquie Pooler, who relocated, Campbell admitted she really didn't know she'd love working in the library prior to first working there. "It was one of those things that never crosses your mind. Then you end up here through circumstance and then you're like 'This is where I'm meant to be, I love this'," Campbell said.
About 95,000 people in the United States as of January 2019 are waiting on a list to receive a kidney, according to the U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation. Long-time Prescott resident Tom Swanson is one of those thousands in need of a kidney. Swanson is in the midst of a battle with Polycystic Kidney Disease, an incurable illness which runs in his family.
The following is a summary of the Tuesday, April 16 Pierce County Board of Supervisors meeting Resolutions unanimously approved • An annual amendment of fees for the services of the county medical examiner and deputy medical examiner were approved on the first reading to go on to second reading. These fees are increased each year in line with Wisconsin state statute. The following are proposed: • Autopsy Summary Report - currently $26.07, proposed $26.57 • Autopsy Report Complete - currently $78.19, proposed $79.68
As of Monday, April 15 the Prescott boat launch is reopened after the flood waters have begun to recede. The city posted on their Facebook page saying people wishing to use the boat launch must do so at their own risk and to launch carefully as waters are still higher than normal. City Administrator Jayne Brand said only six trailer parking stalls are currently open and the signage is free from the high water levels. "A lot of people are saying they have to go fishing," Brand said. Compost pile open April 27
The annual River Falls Pierce County Relay for Life was hosted at the River Falls High School April 5, bringing together people from all walks of life to support survivors and fighters of cancer. The local Relay for Life has touched local people's lives such as River Falls EMS worker Deanne Claypool. Claypool, also known as "Mama D," was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. She and her "ducklings"—other River Falls EMS workers—participated in this year's relay.
They may remember the voice, but they may never know the face. Community members around the world rely on the voice behind a 9-1-1 call every time they pick up the phone to dial for an emergency. Dispatchers on the other end of the 9-1-1 call are a vital piece of the puzzle that could save a person's life, either a community member or an emergency serviceman or woman, in a matter of moments. During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 14-20, dispatchers are thanked for their service.
Children in the Ellsworth area appeared Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Pierce County Fairgrounds wearing winter jackets, hats and mittens to gather up dozens of colorful Easter eggs in the snow. The Ellsworth Funsters hosted the annual event and also gave out prizes, such as bikes, to winners of a raffle. Bags of candy were handed out and the Easter Bunny took complimentary photos with children brave enough to sit on his lap.
Spring Valley residents appeared at a village board meeting Monday night, April 8 to express their concerns about the recent burning of the debris pile in the industrial park. The debris pile has existed on Westland Drive for nearly 20 years and was being used and burned every few years before new housing developments were built nearby, Village Board President Marsha Brunkhorst said. Chair of the Public Works committee Andy Vorlicek decided the pile, which was growing too high to reach the debris at the top to haul out, should be burned about a week ago.
High waters and spring flooding isn't a foreign concept to Hudson's Lakefront Park and surrounding areas along the St. Croix River, but 2019 still found its way into the records. This year it was reported by the National Weather Service (NWS) the St. Croix River near Stillwater crested higher than it has in over 25 years, reaching 88.48 feet. (Hudson Star-Observer previously stated that river levels are not recorded by NWS at Hudson but are generally similar to Stillwater's numbers.)
For the first time in Pierce County Hunger Prevention Council history, the Pierce County Food Pantry in Ellsworth is honoring a volunteer for National Volunteer Week April 7-13. Norman "Norm" Canfield was named the valued volunteer by the Council board. Canfield has dedicated nearly four years every week or more to the pantry. "I just can't go sit down somewhere with nothing to do," Canfield said. He retired in 2013.