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The Basics for Local Kids program is giving away winter-wear items to local kids ages 0-18-years-old. Gently used and new coats, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens and gloves donated by community members will be available. The second winter-wear distribution will take place in Ellsworth on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Seyforth Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds.
The Pierce County Land Conservation Department is offering several varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees as well as shrubs for spring planting. Orders will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
PRESCOTT - Prescott is about to become famous for cooking the world's largest bratwurst. A 52-foot, two-inch sausage was grilled up and served at a charity fundraiser during the weekend. Pat Ptacek, whose family owns the Prescott IGA grocery store, came up with the super-long brat as a unique way of marking the store's 100th anniversary. He said it began as a meat market, so the world-record brat fit perfectly into the celebration, which was held during the weekend. The World Record Academy is expected to certify the new record this week.
Several ambulances were called, and seven people were taken to hospitals with undetermined injuries following a minor accident Sunday evening, reported Pierce County sheriff's Deputy Adam Olson. "Multiple ambulances were requested due to the high volume of patients," according to the deputy. The accident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Hwy. 10 just east of County Road OO in the town of Trimbelle when a 2013 Ford Econoline van with several occupants sideswiped a guardrail. According to the deputy, there was minor damage to both the guardrail and the van, which was driven by Kenny Vang, 44, St.
The Elmwood FFA will hold its first annual Plowing Bee Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Bill Tiffany Farm. Plowing will start at 10 a.m., stop for lunch and continue at 1 p.m. The farm is located at E737 330th Ave., Elmwood. The costs are $10 per tractor to plow or disk all day and $5 for lunch. There's a five-bottom plow maximum, and the newest tractor year is 1975. Proceeds will go to the Elmwood FFA. The FFA is also offering a 1949 John Deere B for sale for $3,000.
Looking for some family fun? Mark your calendars for Family Fun Day at Have A Heart Inc. on Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include children's games and live music, free food will be offered. Have a Heart Farm is located on Hwy. 29 between River Falls and Prescott. Food, children's games and live music.
PRESCOTT -- Four people were transported to area hospitals from a fire scene between Prescott and Ellsworth Sunday while firefighters from two departments worked to snuff flames that heavily damaged a garage and an nearby vacant dairy barn at a Hwy. 10 farmstead. Fire broke out in a two-story garage on a farmstead about 3:30 p.m.. The farm is located on the south side of Hwy. 10, at the crest of a hill, about a mile west of the Valley Bar in the town of Oak Grove.
A benefit for Kelly Geister will be held from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Ridge Top (formerly Franke's and The Virginian), located between Ellsworth and Prescott on US Highway 10. Geister was diagnosed in June with Pseudotumor Cerebri, a painful condition where her body produces too much spinal fluid, putting pressure on her spinal cord and brain. One of the side effects is blindness.
On Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7, the Fall Fresh Art Tour will return to this area. Traveling along the Great River Road, just voted as the most beautiful drive in the U.S. (by The Huffington Post), at the peak of fall's fiery colors, the Fresh Art Tour gives participants the opportunity to have an art adventure in one of nature's remaining unspoiled regions. In the area along the rivers, people will tour the Villages of Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin, and Southern Pierce and Pepin counties.
PRESCOTT-- The World Record Academy will be notified after October 6, when Ptacek's IGA grocery store hosts its annual Octoberfest, but this year they are also celebrating their 100 year anniversary. As one of the last standing independent grocery stores in Wisconsin, Ptacek's holds a fall event, but this year they are attempting to grill a 53-foot long bratwurst, complete with a bun.