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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.
Willow River State Park guests were able to enjoy Art Along the Willow on June 3.
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. “Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body,” according to Wikipedia.
Completing a marathon, half-marathon or a 5K can give someone a feeling of accomplishment and make a person proud to have completed a goal she may have thought impossible. In September, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence is hoping to help many women achieve and accomplish their goals to complete a half-marathon or 5K.
One River Falls High School senior extended his volunteer work and shared his prom with residents of Our House Senior Living in River Falls. Robin Sordahl, a senior at RFHS, has been volunteering at Our House Senior Living in River Falls over the past few months. He said he can make the residents' day when he is there and he likes doing that. "The residents are always happy to have visitors," Sordahl said. "My grandma is 93 years old and lives with my family, so I have a lot of experience."
As National Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, there are still improvements that can be made to help sexual assault victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said community to community public transportation would benefit sexual assault survivors. While some communities have transportation within their individual community, there isn't transportation from one community to another.
A possible school threat in the Prescott School District was reported Friday, April 20 around 5:20 p.m. According to Prescott Interim Police Chief Rob Funk they received a report that a juvenile had made some type of threat while he was out in the community. Funk said both Prescott police and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded and followed up on the threat.
St. Croix County sheriff's office and North Hudson police department are working with Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence to start a new program in the area to help domestic violence victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a tool that law enforcement officers can use while responding to domestic violence calls that can help them evaluate victims' situations.
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.
The Spring Valley Stagehands have been busy practicing for their upcoming production since mid-January. The musical they will perform combines singing, dancing and humor to keep the audience entertained throughout the entire show. Director Ethan Hayes, of Ellsworth, chose this year's musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." This is the first production Hayes has directed, though he has taken part in six previous shows at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre.