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Feb. 14 may be known to many as the day of love because of Valentine's Day, but to some this day represents the love given for those that donate an organ, eye or tissue. Besides Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor's Day. Organ donor recipients from all over the United States have been given a second chance at life when they receive a life saving organ.
The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) held its annual meeting Jan. 30, 2018, to recognize local businesses for their contributions to Pierce County. PCEDC Board of Directors President Michael Fronmueller welcomed everyone to the event, held at the University Center at UW-River Falls. PCEDC Executive Director Joe Folsom spoke to attendees about his return to the area and being ready to help Pierce County. He wants to have open communication with the public and be able to collaborate on ideas for the betterment of the county and its entrepreneurs.
Many knew, respected and cared for former UW-River Falls College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) professor and assistant dean Gerald "Doc" "Jerry" Matteson who died at the age of 82 on Jan. 9, 2018. Matteson began his career at UW-RF in 1966 and retired in 2000, although he came back after retirement to help. He served 18 years as the CAFES Assistant Dean from 1976-1995. "I worked closely with him for probably about 30 years," said Gary Rohde, former Dean of CAFES. "He was a high energy person, dedicated, took his work seriously."
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers a tour along the Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. Dennis Donath, Pierce County commissioner on the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, said in Wisconsin the Great River Road stretches 250 miles along Highway 35. Besides Wisconsin, the Great River Road goes through nine other states including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Prescott is home to a new business that will be officially opening its doors on Monday, Jan. 29. Rishihesh Ram Motilall, president and chief executive officer of Diversified Manufacturing Corporation (DMC), said the business was incorporated in 1987 and has been in business for 30 years. The company manufactures and labels a variety of products.
Prepare to laugh and have a good time as the Great River Road Theatre of Prescott performs "Lie Cheat and Genuflect." Play director Judy Johnson said the audience will be laughing throughout the entire play, which was written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane. She and cast members added some of their own ideas to keep the audience laughing. "It just has some real funny things about it," Johnson said.
Local January caucuses have determined candidates for surrounding village and town boards. Spring elections will be held April 3, with primary elections preceding on Feb. 20 if necessary. The following seats will go before voters in April: Bay City Village Board: Iincumbent Norman Baker will face Steven Meixner for trustee seat number 2, while incumbent Davis Niebeling is running unopposed for trustee seat number 4.
While 1 in 68 children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this was not always the case; 20 years ago cases of autism weren't as prevalent. Lauri Moreland of River Falls said when her 28-month-old daughter, Lindsey Moreland (who will be 24 years old this month) was diagnosed with autism, it was not something with which she or her husband Todd were familiar. "We [Todd and I] had never heard of autism," Lauri said.
Impacting the community and helping out is exactly what the Girl Scouts are preparing young women to do. River Falls High School Junior Evelyn Okal has been in Girls Scouts since she was 5 years old. She said the Girl Scouts has taught her to be part of the community and has shown her how to make a difference. In the spring, she is hoping to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award for her contribution to the community. Prior to being able to apply for this award, she first had to receive the Bronze and Silver awards.
Being aware of dangers around you is a hard task when they're invisible. Radon is one of those deadly dangers that you cannot see or smell but it could be in your house. January is National Radon Action Month and Keith Bergeson, Dunn County Health Department Environmental Specialist and coordinator for Radon Information Center in Western Wisconsin, said January is a good time for people to test their homes for radon. He said homes tend to have the highest levels of radon in the winter months, so this is the best time for people to test their homes.