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While 1 in 68 children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this was not always the case; 20 years ago cases of autism weren't as prevalent. Lauri Moreland of River Falls said when her 28-month-old daughter, Lindsey Moreland (who will be 24 years old this month) was diagnosed with autism, it was not something with which she or her husband Todd were familiar. "We [Todd and I] had never heard of autism," Lauri said.
Impacting the community and helping out is exactly what the Girl Scouts are preparing young women to do. River Falls High School Junior Evelyn Okal has been in Girls Scouts since she was 5 years old. She said the Girl Scouts has taught her to be part of the community and has shown her how to make a difference. In the spring, she is hoping to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award for her contribution to the community. Prior to being able to apply for this award, she first had to receive the Bronze and Silver awards.
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.
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."
This past July the Pepin County Fair celebrated its 140th anniversary, but to many that is now bittersweet as 2017 was the fair's last year. Christina Hager, Chair of the Pepin County Fair Association, said after much discussion about continuing the Pepin County Fair, the decision was reached to combine their fair with the Buffalo County Fair. She said the biggest reason is because they want to give the youth a chance to make more out of their fair participation.