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ELLSWORTH -- If you’ve ever attended the Minnesota State Fair, then chances are you’ve visited The Original Deep Fried Cheese Curds booth. Owner Dick Mueller and his family were the first to introduce deep fried cheese curds to the event in 1975. This spring Dick announced his plans to retire and it was hoped that he could pass the business on to his son, Tom, who would continue the tradition at the fair.
A 28-year-old man was listed in critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester Sunday night after suffering injuries in an apparent fight at the Border Lounge just after midnight...
Summer’s short enough in the Badger State without an uncharacteristically cool start like the one this past June and a downright cold snap late last month.
The 12th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival was a smashing success over the weekend as attractions included music, pedal pull, parade and cheese curds.
ELLSWORTH -- A home-based business is what Judy Ortwerth had in mind when she thought about keeping busy in retirement. And Judy's Sweet Treats may happen at her Ellsworth home someday, Ortwerth said. But due to the generosity of Cheryl Johnson at the local Rock N' Roll Café, the retiree has been able to get her venture started much earlier than she originally imagined. "Cheryl offered to have me come in and do some baking," Ortwerth said. She now uses the cafe's downstairs kitchen Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.
ELLSWORTH -- Jason Nilssen is being welcomed into the Our Family brand at the same time he's adding Ellsworth's supermarket to his family's grocery businesses. Early this year, Nilssen switched the main supplier at his store in Baldwin, Wis., to Nash-Finch, which has long served the outlet here most recently known as Hinck's Economart.
ELLSWORTH -- Construction jobs are to be done on separate sections of Highway 35 in Pierce County this spring and summer. The targeted portions of what's also known as the Great River Road are in the far southeast corner of the county and on the west side, according to information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Eau Claire office. One job is a new undertaking and the other is a continuation. The new project is just outside of Prescott, said Wendy Maves, Northwest Region Project Manager.
ELLSWORTH -- A lot of her childhood can be found in the pages of the children's book Tammy Cloutier wrote. Cloutier's idea for "Firefly Freddie" came from her memories of encountering many of the bugs on her family's property while she was growing up in Texas, she said. As for the writing it contains, she inherited that skill from her father, Ron Browne, who enjoys being a writer. "He's written the poems we send back and forth at Christmas," she said. In fact, the Ellsworth resident credits her dad's influence on a dedication page in her book, aimed at ages 2 to 10.
BAY CITY -- Future development near Red Wing Regional Airport is drawing interest from a newly formed joint airport zoning board. The board, comprised of 16 members and a chairperson from entities affected by the airport, is exploring options for officially zoning the area rather than running under a conditional use permit. In Wisconsin, the Towns of Hartland, Isabelle and Trenton as well as the Village of Bay City each have two representatives on the board, along with Pierce County.
ELLSWORTH - Back-to-school items dominated the Ellsworth School Board agenda Monday. The board approved increasing school meal prices. Breakfast prices for the coming school term will be $1.60, up from $1.50. Lunch prices will be $2.20 at the elementary level and $2.40 for grades 5 to 12), also up by 10 cents. Supt. Barry Cain said the increase was necessary because of rising commodity costs. The board also accepted a public records request fee of 15 cents per page, requiring prepayment for requests with an estimated cost of $5 or more.