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Signs of being conservation-minded are evident around Randy Bredahl's farm. There have been such signs at the farm along County Road FF in the town of Clifton for a long time. One of the dams at the place dates back to 1936, said Bredahl, who was named this year's Outstanding Conservation Farmer by the Ellsworth Lions Club and Pierce County Land Conservation Department. "My dad had a conservation plan," he said, referring to the late Raymond Bredahl.
Ross Christopherson always wanted to build something. Turns out, Christopherson built a career with the Pierce County Highway Department. It began 29 years ago on the grading crew as a handyman and ended last week in the head office, as highway commissioner. Being appointed commissioner in 1993 wasn't a development he'd expected. Just the way things worked out, he said.
Since the days of Henry Ford, automobiles have been manufactured on an assembly line. With assembly line-like precision, members of the Beldenville Old Car Club make their annual car show happen.
A pharmaceutical collection was introduced and a record number of vehicles plus a record amount of waste were recorded at this spring's Pierce County Clean Sweep. The mid-April event attracted 397 vehicles, an increase of 78 over the 319 attending in the spring of 2007, according to a report from the county's solid waste and recycling department. The 397 vehicles this year delivered a record-high combined total of 33,657 pounds of waste from households, farms and businesses, which is an increase of 10,932 pounds over the previous year's spring event. Meantime, a total of 53 pounds of pharma
A project rewarding patrons for their energy conservation efforts was promoted at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services' annual meeting earlier this month. "Energy Sense" was introduced last summer to help electric members save energy and money, and preserve the environment, according to information distributed to the members.
ELLSWORTH -- While much of supplier Dairyland Power's generating capacity originates with coal-fired plants, renewable energy is playing an ever-increasing role in operations, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services President and CEO Steve Healy told the local co-op's annual meeting audience late last month. All states mandate renewable energy as part of utilities' generation, Healy said during the meeting in the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium.
Cell phone users encountering emergencies can take advantage of Pierce County's new wireless 911 system. Pierce officials, who've been working to bring 911 to wireless callers here for about four years, entered phase two (the final phase) of the project in January, according to Lt.
The St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force, dealing with drug investigations in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties, won't receive federal grant funding for next year. Pierce County Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen said Thursday the task force applied for $99,741 in funds through the Office of Justice Administration (OJA), but the amount it has been recommended to receive in 2006 is zero.