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Flood Safety Awareness week is underway and the Pierce County Office of Emergency Management issued a notification outlining flood information and tips for safety. Gary Brown, Pierce County Emergency Management Director, said they are monitoring potential flooding. While some towns have not yet begun major efforts to prepare, Prescott has issued a preparation notice and already given residents access to sandbag assembly. To prepare for potential flooding:
Effective at noon Thursday, March 21, the following roadways will have weight restrictions: • County Road CC from U.S. Highway 10 to State Road 29 • County Road D from State Road 35 to U.S. Highway 10 Weight limits are 6 tons per axle and 10 tons per tandem axles under 8 feet apart. This list of roads is subject to change pending weather conditions.
Facilitating discussion and solutions for employing people with disabilities in the local workforce was the primary focus during a first-ever Pierce County Community Conversation (CC). Local businesses, employees with disabilities and citizens were represented at this solutions-based meeting held at the Ellsworth High School Library March 12. River Falls and Ellsworth school districts, Project SEARCH and the Department of Workforce Development have representatives who gather for County Community on Transitions (CCOT) meetings.
Two 21-year-olds from St. Paul charged with burglary of a building and felony criminal damage to property had their initial court appearance March 11. Lancealot P. Ogitchida and Dominic J. Tilsen allegedly broke into a Clifton township cabin Oct. 9, 2018, stealing alcohol and causing damages estimated at $4,500 to a door, window and a refrigerator. The men, who have relational ties to the owner of the cabin, were caught in photos taken by a trail camera. According to the Pierce County criminal complaint:
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Lennon Mornson peeks around the corner of the dining room in his Ellsworth home, giggling mischievously with a blanket cocooned around him. "Hello you, wanna come say hi?" his mother, Jessica DeVoe-Mornson, chuckles. She urges her 6-year-old eldest son to come out near her in-home photography studio. Lennon's little brother, 2-year-old Jude, seems to not be available for a photoshoot.
Situated along a quiet stretch of road lined with pine trees, the former Prairie View elementary school in Hager City was once a place for young minds. The school has now been given a new life dedicated to housing seniors wanting to live independently.
The March 12 collapsing of a roof on a storage shed used for the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival is just a "hiccup" in the planning stages. The incident won't derail 2019 festival progress, according to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Support Team. Paul Bauer, CEO of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, said the shed owned and located near the creamery is in a condition too dangerous to assess all the damage.
In the midst of a record-breaking winter where space to put more plowed snow is dwindling, local farmers and wildlife may have slowed down but they haven't backed down from everyday living. The National Weather Service has recorded between 6 and 8 feet of snow has fallen in total since September 2018 in west-central Wisconsin. More snow is predicted before spring has the chance to make an entrance. The unpredictable weather and long winters demand animals and people adapt, especially when snowfalls deem rural areas nearly impassable.
Minnesota-born and River Falls-raised Chaunté Shayne is flying through her 20's as an up-and-coming country singer. She was recently nominated for New Artist of the Year amongst four other Midwest-based artists and bands at the 2019 Midwest Country Music Awards which took place in Medina, Minn. on Feb. 17. The University of Wisconsin - River Falls business student balances her time at college and performing at various venues and recording her music, all the while sending a powerful personal message: "Always be a rebel and follow your dreams."
Homeowner Tony Plourde figures it was a miracle his family members weren't closer to the source of an explosion that rocked his house and set off a fire that burned it down. The Plourdes' house at W12314 852nd Ave. in the Clifton Township is a total loss after the night of a Feb. 23 explosion suspected to come from the furnace room, according to a news release from the River Falls Fire Department.