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An 83-year-old River Falls man was scammed out of $7,150 in March 2015 after agreeing to have check-up work done on a lightning rod protection system by a construction business which turned out to be a fraud. Two men and one female were responsible for the crime done under the business named P.M.C. They had approached the River Falls victim stating they were taking over the business owned by their grandfather who originally installed the system which now needed work.
Squeaky, savory, soft and salty—classic cheese curds have made Wisconsin famous. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, partnered with Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Chippewa Valley Technical College, found a way to capitalize on a curd's flavorful potential ahead of the annual summertime Cheese Curd Festival in Ellsworth. At a first-ever May 15 Cheese Curd Festival Showcase, nine Cheese Curd Festival vendors showed up to test their creative curd skills. The competition was held at CVTC's new culinary kitchen in Eau Claire.
The Caspers' kitchen is a photo album. Each cupboard serves as a large frame for 8.5-by-11-inch printed photographs of a smiling man in an Army uniform. Though it sits empty, Melinda Casper glances over at her 14-month-old son's highchair seat at the head of the kitchen table, a symbol of his presence in the house. "We reference dad all the time," she said, smiling. "He knows who dad is, he knows his face, he knows his voice, he knows that he is someone important to us." There's a glint in her eye that tells of longing and anticipation.
Since 1979, Pierce County Public Health Department has offered home care service to local seniors and those with disabilities, allowing them to remain cared for in their homes. But with the lack of increases in reimbursement rates and the recent depletion of reserve funds, Pierce County Board of Health voted to close the program at a May 8 meeting. "This is a big decision that is on the table for us to make," Board of Health Chair and County Supervisor Ruth Wood said.
Students in elementary and middle school with developmental conditions were invited to participate in the Friendship Games Friday, May 10 at Baldwin-Woodville High School King Field track. Baldwin-Woodville elementary and middle schools hosted the 2019 Friendship Games, participating in modified Olympic-style races along with 10 other area schools. Glenwood City, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Clear Lake, Hudson, Durand, Osceola, St. Croix Central, Amery and River Falls were on the roster to participate.
Ellsworth resident Tina Gipford said she would never consider her husband's ex-wife Erin Gipford to be the stereotypical "crazy ex-wife" as depicted by Hollywood. On the contrary, Tina and Erin have gotten close over the last decade since Erin's divorce from Shawn Gipford in 2005. Some parents and friends have commented on their unique relationship: Erin photographed her ex-husband's marriage to Tina in 2006 and the split family even lived on the same street in Ellsworth for some time after the divorce.
Ellsworth High School graduate Bryce Frion knew he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since the eighth grade. His neighbor Steve Albarado, now Chief Deputy of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and former jail supervisor, played a part in guiding Frion through his secondary education and into a corrections officer position for Pierce County. Since graduating from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2018, Frion has been hired by the sheriff's office as a full-time corrections officer.
Pierce County should expect more road closures due to construction this summer than is typical, Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said. About 19 highway projects being started this year through the county are funded through a $8,055,000 bond which was approved by the county board late summer of 2018. Most projects will be started this year, but many larger projects will begin in 2020, Johnson said. The Department of Transportation is also working on projects within the county this year.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the St. Paul District will be accepting public comment on the new draft of the Eau Galle Recreation Area master plan Environmental Assessment until May 17. The draft, which is a strategic land use document serving to outline responsible stewardship of resources, was released on April 17 and comments were open for submission beginning the same day. An initial draft outlining potential changes and improvements to the Eau Galle Recreation Area was open for public comment in April 2018.
In less than two months, it is expected that tens of thousands of cheese curd fans and curious tourists will flock to Ellsworth's East End Park June 21 and 22 to experience all that will be offered at the ever-growing Cheese Curd Festival. This year, various new ideas have been conceived in the planning process which will bring a vamped-up version of the festival to downtown Ellsworth, with a larger footprint beyond the 2018 space.