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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."
No one wants to get hurt or need to call an ambulance, but it is a reassuring thought that a nearby ambulance service is available should you need it. However, due to increasing shortages of emergency medical technicians, ambulance services are trying to find ways to retain and get new EMTs to continue offering the best care possible. Local ambulance services have been impacted by the EMT shortage happening around the state.
During the holiday season many reflect on what they have to be thankful for. In the wake of tragedy, one Prescott woman and her children are finding their own reasons to be thankful. Gabrielle Hruska of Prescott is still in shock that her Monroe Street house in Prescott may be a total loss after a fire destroyed much of it Saturday, Dec. 2. Hruska said thankfully she and her two children, Sam (age 10) and Grace (age 19), were not home at the time of the fire, but sadly they lost their dog and cat in the fire.