Matthew Lambert joined the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal in December 2016 covering government, school board, and writing features about the community. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.
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Shane Elsen may be young, but he's been working on cars for a long time. Lisa Elsen, Shane's mother, describes her 18-year-old son and husband, Jason Elsen, as kind of gearheads. On Aug. 10, Shane was working on his 1996 Caprice Classic, a "junk car" according to his parents. The car was hydrolocked and was unable to turn the key over. Shane pulled out the spark plugs and ignition fuse. The family garden hose was running charged and ready to go, set next to the Caprice Classic, just in case it might go.
The public comment time at the Ellsworth School Board meeting on Oct. 9 was utilized by three individuals that are hoping the board will reconsider a decision to demolish Prairie View Elementary School and sell the lot on which it sits. Norm Baker, of Bay City, submitted a bid proposal to the board, with a dollar amount and conditions attached, to purchase the building from the school. Baker, along with three other local investor, are looking to turn the school into a senior living facility. On Aug. 14, the board rejected the group's plea for reconsideration 4-3.
After crossing over the Red Wing Bridge following U.S. Highway 63 to enter into Wisconsin, just across from the Woodshed Bar & Grill is a large sign with a faded brown color from the many winters and weather it's endured. The sign welcomes people to Wisconsin, even with a catchy tagline that reads "Open for Business." Underneath that massive sign is a garden. It's well maintained with a variety of colorful flowers that distract from the brown, weathered sign.
St. Paul's United Church of Christ (W5706 Highway 72, Ellsworth) will be celebrating its 150th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 24 with a special service, an authentic German meal and a special presentation about the church's history. UCC Conference Minister Franz Rigert will be overseeing the 10 a.m. service, followed by an authentic German meal at 1 p.m. A special ceremony will be held to commemorate the 150th anniversary.
Beldenville couple Josie and James Erlandson noticed their 19-month-old daughter, Marlee, had an irritation on her right eye near the end of April. "People were telling me that it looked like a bug bite or that she hit her head," Josie said. "Allergies was another one because it's that time of year." Josie didn't subscribe to these notions, believing there might be something else going on. Her fears were confirmed when Marlee was at day care, where another parent, who is a veterinarian, spoke up.
It's that time of year again, when hundreds of revelers flock to a small township to enjoy El Paso Days. In its 31st year, the festival starts Tuesday, Aug. 15 with the El Paso Community Club golf tournament at the Spring Valley Golf Course. Registration begins at 1 p.m. with competition kicking off shortly thereafter. The cost is $50 per person with four-person teams vying for prizes of $200, $100, and $50 (for the teams that finish first, second, and third.)
While Elmwood may not actually see little green men in flying saucers, that won’t stop the fun of the annual four-day UFO Days festivities July 27-30. It all starts with the communitywide garage sales July 27 while the next day begins with the food, beer tent and souvenir stands opening up. On July 28, the medallion hunt begins with the first clue posted at the souvenir stand at 7 p.m. while additional clues will be posted the following morning.
A single-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 63 between Ellsworth and Red Wing around 8:56 a.m. Thursday, July 20. The vehicle appeared to be traveling southbound just past Lindgren Early Learning Center, near a residence at N3447 U.S. Highway 63, Hager City.
It starts with milk. Not just any milk. The best milk. For years, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has been making some of the best cheese curds in the world; the secret is the milk. CEO Paul Bauer said the Ellsworth Creamery gets 1.9 million pounds of milk per day between its two plants (the other is located in Comstock). "We don't have a lot of milk holdover," Bauer said. "Literally it could come off the truck and be in a milk vat in the same hour."
An email scam attack that was sent Wednesday afternoon, May 3, is affecting Google accounts. The email invites users to click on a Google Doc link, which then spreads the phishing scam to the user's email contacts.