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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.
Todd Krause, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, reported flooding updates at a March 13 Pierce County Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. Krause said while much snow has already melted, any forecasted significant rains will impact the severity of potential flooding. Factors contributing to this year's flooding originate from having a wet autumn season and record-breaking snowfalls and low temperatures this winter.
The transition between high school and the adult world—whether that involves the pursuit of a college degree or the workforce—isn't always an easy one for graduates. But for graduates and those up to the age of 30 with disabilities facing this transition period, there's an opportunity to develop skills and further life education with Project SEARCH. Madison "Maddie" Olson, a 2018 Ellsworth High School graduate, has been one of seven interns with disabilities this year for Project SEARCH since September 2018.
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Lennon Mornson peeks around the corner of the dining room in his Ellsworth home, giggling mischievously with a blanket cocooned around him. "Hello you, wanna come say hi?" his mother, Jessica DeVoe-Mornson, chuckles. She urges her 6-year-old eldest son to come out near her in-home photography studio. Lennon's little brother, 2-year-old Jude, seems to not be available for a photoshoot.
Situated along a quiet stretch of road lined with pine trees, the former Prairie View elementary school in Hager City was once a place for young minds. The school has now been given a new life dedicated to housing seniors wanting to live independently.
In just the past year, the Pierce County Department of Human Services saw a doubling of the number of welfare cases requiring children to be taken out of their homes due to safety. There were 40 of these cases in 2018, called Temporary Physical Custody (TPC) cases which required 54 children to be displaced. Seventy-five percent of these 40 TPC cases involve the presence and use of methamphetamine in the children's homes.
Taking center stage will be actors and actresses as young as 9 years old at Spring Valley Stagehands community theater beginning Feb. 28. Spring Valley students Kenny Cosgrove, 12; Evah Butts, 10; Kaitlyn Matthys, 9; and William Webb, 9 will star as the four main stars in "Boxcar Children." The endearing play is based on the classic books by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
Wisconsin is known as the dairyland, Packerland and especially most recently, a winter wonderland. But now it has the privilege of being the land from which national royalty hails. Twenty-year-old Maiden Rock native Hannah Sjostrom has the sweet responsibility of being named the 2019 American Honey Queen after competing against three other states. Sjostrom said she won her title after a week-long "job interview" at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow in South Carolina, where her knowledge of beekeeping and communication skills were tested.
Children ages 12 and younger are invited to ice fish 11 a.m. to noon for free on Feb. 23 at Roger Nelson's Pond on County Road A. All fishing gear and some training will be provided by President of the Ellsworth Funsters Paul Johnson and the rest of his group for this fifth annual fishing tournament. Nearly $2,000 in prizes will be given out which include full fishing gear packages and a boy's and girl's bike. Those who catch the smallest fish and the largest fish will be given prizes, with lots of other prizes given in between.