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This Friday, Western Wisconsin Working for Tobacco-Free Living (W3TFL) is asking the public to join in World No Tobacco Day, according to information from the Pierce County Public Health Department. This day, organized by the World Health Organization, strives to help fight the single most deadly and expensive cause of preventable disease on the planet and hopes to raise awareness of the destructive force of tobacco.
Prescott Police have apprehended two juveniles responsible for a series of thefts from motor vehicles and criminal damage to property incidents throughout the city since April 29, Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko announced. The juveniles, who are 14 and 17 years of age and live in the city, took property out of parked unlocked motor vehicles at nine locations throughout the city between April 29 and May 12. Police have recovered approximately $3,500 worth of stolen property, including a laptop computer, cellular telephones and other electronic devices.
A Cannon Falls, Minn., woman and her three passengers -- including a six-year-old girl -- were taken to Red Wing Mayo Medical Center Monday afternoon, May 27th, after her Honda sport utility vehicle was rear-ended while waiting to turn across traffic on Hwy. 63 near Hager City. Pierce County sheriff's deputy Mike Vodinelich said in a press release that Sara J. Niebur, 42, was stopped on Hwy. 63 northbound, waiting to turn left across traffic onto 830th Avenue near Mister Sippi's, when her 2006 Pilot was struck from behind by a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Scott D.
Three cyclists from Minnesota were airlifted from two separate motorcycle accidents which occurred within about an hour of one another Sunday evening on Hwy. 35, south of Prescott. Pierce County authorities said Jacob Adelmann, 29, of Dundas and his passenger, Tiffany Crump, 24, of New Market were both ejected after Adelmann lost control of his motorcycle, entered the ditch and both individuals struck a pile of downed trees. Both Adelmann and Crump were injured and airlifted from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The Ellsworth Lions Club will hold its fishing contest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Nugget Lake Park. The contest is for children 16 and under. Every child who attends will get a prize. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: largest crappie, largest sunfish and smallest fish. The contest entrance fee is $5 per child. Tickets can be purchased from any Lion or at the park the day of the contest. There is also a park entry fee. Children should bring their own fishing equipment and must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing may be from shore, off the dock or from a boat.
Stating the problem is easy. Finding the solution isn't. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone to deny that drunken driving is a huge problem in Wisconsin. But so far we've made little or no progress in reversing the deadly and embarrassing statistics. Statewide, 225 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2011, the most recent year for which nationwide statistics are available. That year 2,984 were injured.
Two large oak trees were removed from the south Pierce County Courthouse lawn Wednesday morning. The county put out a press release Wednesday, explaining why: --The removal is part of a larger, comprehensive project dealing with several issues of concern to the county's Building Committee.
A group between 20-30 participated in a protest Tuesday morning to save the two oak trees that have stood on the Pierce County Courthouse front lawn for generations.
A 23-year-old River Falls man died late Saturday night in Ellsworth after he fell from the rear door of moving bus as came into the village on Hwy. 10. Joel K. Velure apparently fell from rear fire escape door of a "party bus" operated by Kilimanjaro Taxi Service of Hudson.
SPRING VALLEY--The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, closed its Highland Ridge Campground at the Eau Galle Dam and Recreation Site in Spring Valley due to excessive storm damage. The park received more than 14 inches of heavy snowfall, resulting in excessive tree damage. The Corps is in the process of evaluating the number of damaged trees and will work to restore the site's safety.