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It's 1937. Algot Anderson will be attending first grade at Clay Corners school. He walks to the country school on 690th Strett in River Falls that has no running water or electricity. In the school yard during recess, an older boy accepts defeat after he loses a coin toss. He is now designated as the swing-a-round operator. Six other children cheer as they take a seat on the wooden slabs that are chained up to the apparatus. Anderson chooses his seat, bending his elbows to hold on to the chains with his arms.
Chicken keeping in residential zones was favored by the Pierce County Board June 25 after the ordinance amendment unanimously passed the first reading. The board will vote on the second reading of Ordinance 19-01 amendment to chapter 240 regarding zoning at the July 23 board meeting. The following amendments were unanimously approved: Section 240-35: Agricultural uses • Cultivation agriculture
Andy Blok, project manager with JT Engineering, Inc. called State Highway 29 to Prescott a "rough ride" at a Prescott Kiwanis meeting June 27 before outlining the roadway improvement project expected to be done in 2021. Seven inches of concrete will be replaced with the same amount of asphalt for a little over a 5-mile stretch on Highway 29 from U.S. Highway 10 to the south junction of County Road QQ. The project is estimated to cost a little over $5 million, Blok said, with 20% state funded and 80% federally funded.
Prescott police are still investigating a June 29 vehicle pursuit near County Road F and Highway 29 where one suspect was taken into custody. Names and further details cannot be released until the pending investigation is complete. According to Prescott Chief of Police Eric Michaels: A Prescott police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a moving violation at 9:56 p.m. June 29 when the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit began.
The Pierce County Register of Deeds (ROD) office is taking steps toward making their efforts more efficient and safeguarding decades of records by undertaking a large project. With their hard work underway, the Pierce County ROD was recognized with an Impact Award by the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association (WRDA) June 7 at a conference in Minocqua. The award came as a "complete surprise" said Julie Hines, Pierce County Register of Deeds, as Pierce County was the only recipient of the award. It was also the WRDA's first time giving an office this award.
John DuBois spent six years building a relationship with the tight-knit Spring Valley community as the police chief of Spring Valley Police Department. On July 5, DuBois will say goodbye as chief and transition to an instructing position. He will be a faculty member in the criminal justice associate degree program at Rice Lake's Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
Forty-three firefighters were certified in managing propane emergencies after participating in a classroom and full-gear training session June 19. Teams from Ellsworth, Spring Valley, Prescott, Lund and River Falls fire departments were required to learn how to fight live propane fires, with some flames spouting 20 or more feet in the air from ignited propane tank props.
Around 30,000 people flooded the streets of Ellsworth's East End Park, downtown and Broadway Street June 21 and 22 to participate in activities and chow down on over 5,000 pounds of cheese curds at the 2019 Cheese Curd Festival. The economic impact is estimated to be in excess of $2.5 million, Kim Beebe from the Executive Support Team at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce said. This year's two-day festival drew about the same numbers in the crowd as last year's Beebe said, though there likely may have been more.
River Falls youth and families showed up with smiles and celebrated 2019 Town 'N Country Day June 9 despite getting little sunshine. In honor of agricultural heritage in the River Falls area, the annual event welcomes the community to participate in activities, listen to live music and chow down from Dick's Fresh Market food stand. Future Farmers of America students from River Falls High School invited children to pet farm animals in the Dick's Fresh Market parking lot while St. Croix County Collector's Association gave children the opportunity to sit on tractors.
Since January, the Plum City American Legion and the Pierce County Historical Association have been shaking their heads at a mysterious hand-painted curtain found tucked away in the Legion's ceiling. Electricians who were working on the Legion on Pine Avenue near the ceiling discovered the 18-foot-wide art: A large curtain of canvas fabric intricately painted with many advertisements for local businesses in Plum City, Durand and Arkansaw, which border a landscape painting of a lake, some trees and wildlife.