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An 83-year-old River Falls man was scammed out of $7,150 in March 2015 after agreeing to have check-up work done on a lightning rod protection system by a construction business which turned out to be a fraud. Two men and one female were responsible for the crime done under the business named P.M.C. They had approached the River Falls victim stating they were taking over the business owned by their grandfather who originally installed the system which now needed work.
Squeaky, savory, soft and salty—classic cheese curds have made Wisconsin famous. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, partnered with Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Chippewa Valley Technical College, found a way to capitalize on a curd's flavorful potential ahead of the annual summertime Cheese Curd Festival in Ellsworth. At a first-ever May 15 Cheese Curd Festival Showcase, nine Cheese Curd Festival vendors showed up to test their creative curd skills. The competition was held at CVTC's new culinary kitchen in Eau Claire.
Students in elementary and middle school with developmental conditions were invited to participate in the Friendship Games Friday, May 10 at Baldwin-Woodville High School King Field track. Baldwin-Woodville elementary and middle schools hosted the 2019 Friendship Games, participating in modified Olympic-style races along with 10 other area schools. Glenwood City, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Clear Lake, Hudson, Durand, Osceola, St. Croix Central, Amery and River Falls were on the roster to participate.
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.
High waters and spring flooding isn't a foreign concept to Hudson's Lakefront Park and surrounding areas along the St. Croix River, but 2019 still found its way into the records. This year it was reported by the National Weather Service (NWS) the St. Croix River near Stillwater crested higher than it has in over 25 years, reaching 88.48 feet. (Hudson Star-Observer previously stated that river levels are not recorded by NWS at Hudson but are generally similar to Stillwater's numbers.)
Agencies, advocates and professionals will be gathering outside the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson for a first-time event called Hands Around the Courthouse in honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in April. The April 16 event, running 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take place just a week after National Crime Victims' Rights Week, for which the event will bring awareness as well. The St. Croix County Citizen Review Panel (CRP) is hosting the event along with Victims of Crime Advocates.
A Nashville-style songwriter showcase which features local artists monthly will be celebrating a one-year anniversary at Ziggy's Restaurant in Stillwater from 6-11 p.m. April 17. The Half Moon Rising: Songwriter Showcase, named for the shape of the stage at Ziggy's in a half moon, has welcomed over 40 songwriters and musicians this past year to play every third Wednesday at Ziggy's. "This is our one-year anniversary party, lots of artists that have performed in the last year are coming back to play," Ben Tomandl, sound engineer for the showcase, said.
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.