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The loss of a major sponsorship has brought about the restructuring of the Special Olympics Wisconsin. Kelly Kloepping, director of marketing and communications for the organization, says eight positions have been eliminated from offices around the state. These losses come in the face of an estimated $300,000 deficit for this year. She says the shortfall stems primarily from the end of ShopKo's Charity Golf Classic. Kloepping says these losses will not affect the services offered by Special Olympics.
A New Richmond man has been convicted of possession of child pornography. Lawrence Wayne Mattison, 60, 1498 County GG, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of child pornography on July 6. Judge Edward F. Vlack ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing hearing for Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Additional charges of exposing genitals and sexual assault of a child were dismissed, but will be read into the record for purposes of restitution. The criminal complaint said sheriff's deputies responded to a child sex assault complaint on Feb.
Ione L.Gilbertson, 91, of Maiden Rock, WI died Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 14th at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church in Maiden Rock. Visitation will be Thursday, July 13th from 4-7:00 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock, and also one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in the Maiden Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.
The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County sends a huge appreciation to the mail carriers and residents of Pierce County for participating in the May 11 Letter Carriers' National "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Mail carriers left donation bags and information at residences and a few days later they picked up donations left by you - the residents. These donations required additional lifting by mail carriers, almost 13,500 pounds to Pierce County food pantries.
TO THE EDITOR: Dear Pierce County Residents: Over the years, the Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) has reached out to the population of the county requesting assistance in preserving local history. Renovation of the Lawrence Photo Studio and property in Ellsworth (house portion) is done to the extent the PCHA is moving into the building. Funds to do that big job came from a variety of sources, including cash donations by many citizens. However, there remains a big job to be done: the reworking of the interior of the business area of the building.
TO THE EDITOR: The Pierce County Historical Association extends sincerest appreciation to local residents who visited us at the Freier School during the county fair. So much help was received in identifying photos in the some-20 notebooks. About 75 percent or better were identified, or close, thereby saving literally hundreds of volunteer hours doing the job.
Rosella Catherine Hendrickson, age 92, of River Falls, Wis., died Tuesday, March 19, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Rosella was born on Aug. 8, 1920, in River Falls, the daughter of Peter and Amelia (Fisher) Cernohous. She graduated from River Falls High School in 1937. She then attended River Falls Normal School, now University of Wisconsin - River Falls, and earned a rural school teaching certificate.
Joan C. (Killian) Thom of Prescott, Wis., died on Monday, March 11, at the Kinnic Health and Rehab in River Falls, Wis. She was born on April 12, 1933, to Raymond and Clara (Hrdina) Killian in Big River, Wis. She graduated from River Falls High School. She married Louis Thom on March 24, 1956, at St. Bridget in River Falls. She worked at the River Falls Area Hospital as a medical transcriptionist for 35 years. She enjoyed reading, traveling, bird watching, and bingo.
Jean M. Epstein, age 84, of River Falls, Wis., died Sunday, March 3, at the River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral services for Jean will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls. Visitation will be for 1 hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Elvin William Kulenkamp, age 60, of Spring Valley, Wis., died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 24, at his home in Spring Lake Township. Elvin was born Dec. 28, 1952, in St. Paul, Minn., to Alferd and Carol (Garrison) Kulenkamp. Elvin attended Taylors Falls School, graduating with the class of 1970. Elvin enjoyed music and sang in the high school choir. He was very intelligent and graduated near the top of his class. Elvin worked with his dad and his mom on their farm in Spring Lake Township. He later purchased the farm and also worked at Cady Cheese.