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Since January, the Plum City American Legion and the Pierce County Historical Association have been shaking their heads at a mysterious hand-painted curtain found tucked away in the Legion's ceiling. Electricians who were working on the Legion on Pine Avenue near the ceiling discovered the 18-foot-wide art: A large curtain of canvas fabric intricately painted with many advertisements for local businesses in Plum City, Durand and Arkansaw, which border a landscape painting of a lake, some trees and wildlife.
Five Ellsworth High School students have proven the common office item Post-It Notes can be used for more than your to-do list. Through a vocational art class, the students creatively completed two life-sized murals Friday, May 17 using over 1,000 Post-It Notes to create images of the comic book superhero Spiderman and the cartoon Sonic. Both of the characters represented in the art have movie trailers, Spiderman: Far From Home and Sonic the Hedgehog, which were recently released.
Wisconsin welcomed a newcomer to the area from Unity, Maine in August 2018 to hold an executive managerial position at the ever-growing Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. 2016 Unity College graduate Stephanie Tardiff said since moving here and settling in to her caving- and ecological-central career, she has loved it and doesn't plan to leave soon.
Artistic talent, some coffee grounds, a pencil and a picture of herself earned Ellsworth senior Nadia Sigler $1,000 at a state-wide art competition. Sigler, with the help of her art teacher Adam Nirmaier, submitted her self-portrait created with pencil and coffee grounds to the annual Youth Art Month competition. Youth Art Month is put on by Wisconsin Art Education Association. Her work was awarded at the State Capitol Celebration in Madison at noon April 5.
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.
Jenica Giese could have been described as a shy turtle in her shell, living life within a bubble, before she got involved at Ellsworth High School. Now, as a graduating senior, Giese is aspiring to be a source of inspiration for students coming into high school and those journeying through their high school career.
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.
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.
About 95,000 people in the United States as of January 2019 are waiting on a list to receive a kidney, according to the U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation. Long-time Prescott resident Tom Swanson is one of those thousands in need of a kidney. Swanson is in the midst of a battle with Polycystic Kidney Disease, an incurable illness which runs in his family.
The long-standing riverside Harbor Bar and restaurant just outside of Red Wing, Minn. is no stranger to annual flooding. The bar and restaurant, which also features a 32-slip marina, has been in operation since the 1960s on the Mississippi River. It survived some of the most devastating springtime floods which occurred in the late 1960s and again in the early 2000s that filled the place with 5 or more feet of water. This year the business is holding an unofficial amount of almost 2 feet of water which was last checked the first week in April, owner Brad Smith said.