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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.
The afternoon of June 28, 2017, will be remembered by many in Pierce County for the devastation left from an afternoon tornado that left a path of destruction through Martell, Beldenville and Spring Valley. Gary Brown, Pierce County Emergency Management director, said total damage in Pierce County from the tornado was estimated at $2,152,000. "The majority of the damages were to private residences and some businesses," Brown said. "Since the majority of the damages were private in nature insurance covered most of these costs."
As the Christmas season passes and people begin to start the clean-up from the holidays, for those that had a real Christmas tree, now they have to decide what to do with it. According to the National Christmas Tree Association website, there may be many different options depending on where a person lives. One of their recommendations is to set the undecorated tree outside.
Dr. Frank Springer spent much of his life taking care of the people in Elmwood and his presence will be greatly missed by family, friends and former patients who all cared deeply for a man that showed an entire town his compassion and love. He died after a short illness Dec. 22. He was 94. Being a doctor was a calling for Dr. Frank (as he was commonly known) and a profession he thought would make his mom proud.
Plum City residents have welcomed back the original owners of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC as they re-opened the bakery on Dec. 8. Gwen Glaus and husband Todd originally opened Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC in 2004 and retired from the business in 2016. However, when the opportunity arose for them to reopen the bakery they seized the opportunity. "We didn't want the building to sit empty," Gwen said. "Didn't want to see business in a small town close."