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--Dan Wilcox, outdoor columnist Monarchs are the iconic North American summer butterfly; beautiful insects with dark orange, black and white wings. They are the only butterfly with long-distance annual migrations. Hundreds of millions of monarchs migrate from eastern North America to high-elevation oyamel fir forests in the mountains of central Mexico to spend the winter.
The Wisconsin Building Commission announced Wednesday it has approved $64.3 million in construction projects for UW-River Falls. The UWRF project, the largest approved Oct. 16, involves building the Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness and work on Ramer Field. At other campuses, two academic buildings are being renovated for $56 million. They are Harvey Hall at UW-Stout and the Clow Social Science Center at UW-Oshkosh. Dormitory renovations were also approved for UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater.
Summer’s short enough in the Badger State without an uncharacteristically cool start like the one this past June and a downright cold snap late last month.
A single mother, Carla Carlstrom has worked all of her life. But Carlstrom has had to take a break from her employment as a registered nurse at a Spring Valley health care facility after being diagnosed with lung cancer. A benefit for the River Falls area resident will be held this Saturday at the El Paso Basement Bar. "She thought she was having a stroke," Carlstrom's daughter, Carlavee, said Tuesday about an incident leading up to her diagnosis. The mother, grandmother and friend started having medical problems this past spring, according to information distributed for the benefit.
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.