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When someone you love is living in fear and anxiety it is hard to see that person struggle to make it through each day. Not knowing what is going on can make the situation worse. Deb Ryan, of Prescott, said when her mom told her she was hearing terrible things happening next door to her, Ryan's first response was that her mom should contact the police. Ryan said her mom would tell her an entire story that sounded believable, so she was worried these things were really happening.
Watching as a parent gets older and struggles with day-to-day living can be difficult, but watching as that parent suffers from the added stress of Alzheimer's can be even worse. Karen Meyer, of Ellsworth, watched as her mom, Violet Magadanz, also from Ellsworth, showed signs of memory loss. Meyer said her mom was able to hide her memory issues from most. "People with Alzheimer's, [like] in case of my mom, can conceal it [Alzheimer's] so well," Meyer said. "They tried to do memory tests at the [doctor's] office and [she] said why are you wasting my time with games."
A Pierce County man recently received the unexpected news that a living kidney donor had been found for him and it was someone close by. Prescott native Rob Mooney, who lives outside of Spring Valley and has lived in River Falls, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014; it progressed to stage 4 renal failure in 2017. He was placed on two different transplant lists in September 2017, one for just a kidney and one for a kidney and pancreas. But he knew the immediate need was for a kidney.
Cancer: a six-letter word, that means something different to so many people. For those who have survived cancer, the word has taken on a whole new definition after their personal experiences. As June 3 is National Cancer Survivors Day, we know many who have battled cancer, won and now supply hope to those going through similar battles. From that first cancer diagnosis to learning about the disease, facing treatment and possible surgeries, to many survivors the term "cancer" takes on a much bigger meaning beyond "abnormal cell growth." Pearson's childhood
An alleged threat to the Spring Valley School District was investigated by the school district and Spring Valley Police this week. According to a news release from Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois Wednesday afternoon, April 4, police investigated a threat made on social media to "shoot up the school." The threat contained no specific time or date for the incident.
No matter what life has in store for her, one Maiden Rock/Plum City area native said she believes there is always something positive to find in every day. Lisa Roberts said she was raised to be positive and keep a positive outlook on life no matter what obstacles were put in her way. "I think there's a lot more negative than there should be," Roberts said. "I feel it's very important to stay positive no matter what the challenges you are facing." Roberts has faced physical challenges her whole life but hasn't let that stop her from doing good.
Elmwood School District is continuing to investigate a report of a student saying he/she was going to bring a gun to school. The district electronically released a statement to parents and staff and posted the statement on their school website over the weekend of Feb. 24.
Not only does the new coffee place in Ellsworth offer a place to get great coffee but it offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for the entire family. Matt Bronk opened The Twisted Oak Coffee House on Broad Street in Prescott in December 2014; his second location recently opened on Main Street in Ellsworth in February 2018. Bronk said Ellsworth made a great choice for his second location; so far he has been happy with the decision to open his second coffee house in the county seat. "I think Ellsworth really needed some good coffee," Bronk said.
In the wake of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., local schools look to community and families to help keep students safe. "The event on Wednesday is a nightmare none of us want to experience," Hudson School District Superintendent Nick Ouellette said. "As a school community, we are all committed to ensuring the practices and protocols we have in place are the best they can be. Student and staff safety is paramount to that commitment."
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers a tour along the Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. Dennis Donath, Pierce County commissioner on the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, said in Wisconsin the Great River Road stretches 250 miles along Highway 35. Besides Wisconsin, the Great River Road goes through nine other states including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.