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ARKANSAW - "Making the Best of Pepin County Better" is this year's theme for the annual Pepin County Fair takes place this weekend at the county's fairgrounds in Arkansaw next Arkansaw Elementary School. Admisssion to the fair is free along with the inflatables, kids train ride and games. The fair begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday. This year's fair will feature a petting zoo and pony rides from Fantasay Corral from Baldwin. There will also be the first Pepin County Fair Agriculture Olympics taking place at 2 p.m.
MARTELL - A motorcycle-deer accident injured a rural Spring Valley man yesterday morning on Hwy. 29 just west of its intersection with Hwy. 63. Michael Fritz, 42, was traveling westbound on his 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when it struck a deer that entered the roadway around 10:12 a.m. After impacting with the deer, the motorcycle overturned, ejecting Fritz. Fritz was transported to River Falls Hispital by the Ellsworth Ambulance Service with undetermined injurie. The Ellsworth Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
Ellsworth's 12th annual Cheese Curd Festival began late Friday afternoon and evening. For the second year in a row the festival is taking place in East End Park in East Ellsworth. The band Midnight Special was the featured entertainment. This year's festival theme is "Fiesta con Queso!" for the Cheese Curd capital of Wisconsin. Saturday's schedule features a full day of events. The Cheese Curd Fest website has a list of them here: http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/cheese-curd-festival.html
A mid-afternoon heavy downpour from a storm system (which dropped lots of hail in the Plum City area) Thursday couldn't keep the Pierce County Fair from a strong opening day of its 129th edition at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. Once the storm was shaken and dried off the fair proceeded with judging for sheep and swine and exotic animals along with the horse judging, which will go on through all three days of the fair.
ARKANSAW - A panel of law enforcement officials from Pepin County and the state Department of Corrections tried their best to reassure deeply concerned residents of Arkansaw Wednesday evening at Arkansaw Elementary School they will be able to handle a new resident in the community, a violent sex offender who is going to be released in the next two weeks. The meeting was held for public information on Kerry Abbot, 50, who will soon be released from maximum security institution for the criminally insane in Mauston and has been placed in Pepin County, the place where he admitted to nine actual-o
MADISON - After giving up a takedown in the third period of his semifinal match at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament, River Falls wrestler Logan Cudd made sure to tell himself there was only one way he could wrestle to win the 125-pound, Division 1 match and get to the finals. "I said to myself this is my senior year and I'm not going to stop until I've won," Cudd said.
BAY CITY - A one-vehicle accident outside Bay City Friday evening was fatal for a Bay City man. Lyle Feenstra, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Pierce County Medical Examiner Sue Dzubay for undetermined injuries. The accident was reported at 9:06 p.m. The vehicle was heading eastbound on 170th Ave., about four-tenths of a mile west of 670th Ave. in Isabelle Township. It entered a ditch on the south side of the road and struck a tree.
PLUM CITY - A Hager City man was injured in a snowmobile accident just south of Plum City Saturday evening.' According to Pierce County Sheriff's reports, 24-year old Troy Minder lost control of his snowmobile riding trails approximately a half-mile south of Plum City near CTH. U around 9:20 p.m. The sled left the trails and landed in Plum Creek. A friend of Troy's who also operating a sled, pulled him from the creek and brought him to CTH.
The Pierce County Department of Health has ordered the old Ellsworth Senior/Junior High building closed Thursday and deemed non-occupancy status after FDA officials and U.S. Marshals seized contaminated foodstuffs from the building Tuesday. "We have received public health complaints about the building and we are in the process of conducting and investigation," Sue Galoff of the Pierce County Health Department said.