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DURAND — The Pepin County Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting and spring education event at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the Durand-Arkansaw Junior-Senior High School cafeteria. Richard Cornell, author of "The Chippewa — Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway," the featured speaker, will talk about his canoe travels on the river and writing his book. This event is free and open to the public.
All Pierce County educators for grades 5-12 are encouraged to build environmental awareness into their lesson plans at the beginning of each school year to prepare students for the annual Pierce County Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest hosted by the Land Conservation Department. Participating students gain an appreciation for natural resource conservation and environmental quality protection or enhancement. They also gain some understanding and knowledge about local agencies involved with environmental issues, confidence in public speaking and leadership skills.
Julie Hines, Register of Deeds for Pierce County, announced that applications are now available at the Register of Deeds Office, as well as the UW Extension Office of Pierce County for the 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years. The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug.12, 2018 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pierce County Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that Chris Edgar was re-elected to the FSA County Committee for his second three-year term. Peter Kimball will serve as an alternate. Edgar will represent Local Administrative Area #1 which includes Clifton, River Falls, Martell, Gilman, and Spring Lake townships. The 2018 Pierce County FSA Committee includes Tim Colbenson, Chris Edgar, and Greg Andrews. Carolyn Feske is currently serving as advisor.
To deter impaired driving, the Prescott Police Department will participate in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative Dec. 15 through Jan. 1. To help prevent impaired driving, Prescott police will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin in the initiative, which continues through New Year's Day.
Nearly 1,100 farmers and agriculturists from across Wisconsin attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's 98th annual meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, Dec. 1-4 in Wisconsin Dells. Delegates from Pierce County included Laura Benitz of Maiden Rock, Peter Kimball of River Falls and Kevin Knutson of Beldenville. Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will guide the legislative agenda for the state's largest general farm organization in 2018. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process.
Starting Sunday, Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running federal court-mandated TV and print ads highlighting the negative health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as how the tobacco industry designed cigarettes to be more addictive. These ads are a result of a 2006 federal court ruling which ordered the tobacco companies to issue corrective statements after finding that they had deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking and industry plans to market tobacco to kids. Some of the statements included in the ads are:
Ten Ellsworth High School Class of 1947 classmates celebrated their 70th reunion Sept. 27 at the West Wind in River Falls. The Class of 1947 was blessed with 66 graduates. Many good musicians, sports leaders and home ec cooks were in our class. We had great teachers and Mr. Bjorge, the principal, took un on a senior trip to Canada. We all behaved (so so, ha ha) and loved the outing.
Wisconsin has two lucky players from the Wednesday, Sept. 27, Powerball drawing. Each player matched four out of five numbers plus the Powerball which earns them the $50,000 prize. Winners at all prize levels have 180 days from Wednesday's drawing to claim their prizes. The winning numbers were 8, 10, 21, 23 and 25. The Powerball was 22 and the Power Play number was 3. The winning tickets were sold at: • Kwik Trip at 2008 Stout Road, Menomonie • Team Oil at W2555 State Road 29, Spring Valley
United Way St. Croix Valley launched its 2017 campaign Sept. 15. The annual fundraising campaign funds local nonprofits, school programs and targeted initiatives serving residents in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. This year's campaign theme is "We Fight for Strong Communities," which emphasizes United Way St. Croix Valley's support for the health, education and financial stability of all people within the three-county area.