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All Pierce County educators for grades 5-12 are encouraged to build environmental awareness into their lesson plans at the beginning of each school year to prepare students for the annual Pierce County Environmental Awareness Speaking Contest hosted by the Land Conservation Department. Participating students gain an appreciation for natural resource conservation and environmental quality protection or enhancement. They also gain some understanding and knowledge about local agencies involved with environmental issues, confidence in public speaking and leadership skills.
The following incidents were investigated by the Ellsworth Police Department Dec. 18-Jan. 7. Arrests • Stephanie Peabody, 21, Ellsworth, was arrested for a probation violation at 3:02 p.m. Dec. 18 at 310 W. Main St. She was taken to the jail without incident. • Andrew Krech, 35, Ellsworth, was arrested for a probation violation at 11:26 a.m. Dec. 19 at 310 W. Main St. • Jon Dahl, 37, Red Wing, Minn., was arrested for a probation violation at 1:31 p.m. Dec. 19 at 310 W. Main St.
Julie Hines, Register of Deeds for Pierce County, announced that applications are now available at the Register of Deeds Office, as well as the UW Extension Office of Pierce County for the 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years. The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug.12, 2018 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
Prescott High School sophomore Anna Mercord is the Jan. 10 Prescott Kiwanis Student of the Week. She was nominated by science teacher Jason Brazzale, who said "Anna is willing to participate in class, respectful of her classmates and works well in group as well as individual activities. She is consistently producing high quality work and grasps scientific principles. Bravo, Anna!"
The South Pole Experiment Contest, some refer to as the South Pole Challenge, invited students to design an experiment that could work in their hometown, but would give a different result if repeated at the South Pole.
To deter impaired driving, the Prescott Police Department will participate in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative Dec. 15 through Jan. 1. To help prevent impaired driving, Prescott police will join law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin in the initiative, which continues through New Year's Day.
Nearly 1,100 farmers and agriculturists from across Wisconsin attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's 98th annual meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, Dec. 1-4 in Wisconsin Dells. Delegates from Pierce County included Laura Benitz of Maiden Rock, Peter Kimball of River Falls and Kevin Knutson of Beldenville. Farm Bureau delegates adopted the policies that will guide the legislative agenda for the state's largest general farm organization in 2018. Resolutions were submitted by delegates as part of a grassroots policy development process.
Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson and Patrol Superintendent Al Thoner offer the following advice for safe winter driving and answer frequently asked winter driving questions. Why don't the plows run all night? For county highways, the Pierce County Highway Department follows the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) policy for the state highways in Pierce County, for
Starting Sunday, Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running federal court-mandated TV and print ads highlighting the negative health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as how the tobacco industry designed cigarettes to be more addictive. These ads are a result of a 2006 federal court ruling which ordered the tobacco companies to issue corrective statements after finding that they had deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking and industry plans to market tobacco to kids. Some of the statements included in the ads are:
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