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If it weren't for the record-breaking winter earlier this year, the town of Ellsworth would already be settling into a newly restored T-Bar, a once-popular bar and grill on Highway 10, enjoying a drink and a menu full of smoked foods. Brian Furlong, owner of Reasonable Contracting, along with his brother Billy Furlong and cousin Scott Furlong, took up the project of giving the building new life after it was foreclosed and left empty for nearly five years. Together the three Furlong men from the Ellsworth and River Falls area make up Furlong Holdings LLC.
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.
The following is a summary of the Tuesday, April 16 Pierce County Board of Supervisors meeting Resolutions unanimously approved • An annual amendment of fees for the services of the county medical examiner and deputy medical examiner were approved on the first reading to go on to second reading. These fees are increased each year in line with Wisconsin state statute. The following are proposed: • Autopsy Summary Report - currently $26.07, proposed $26.57 • Autopsy Report Complete - currently $78.19, proposed $79.68
The annual River Falls Pierce County Relay for Life was hosted at the River Falls High School April 5, bringing together people from all walks of life to support survivors and fighters of cancer. The local Relay for Life has touched local people's lives such as River Falls EMS worker Deanne Claypool. Claypool, also known as "Mama D," was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. She and her "ducklings"—other River Falls EMS workers—participated in this year's relay.
They may remember the voice, but they may never know the face. Community members around the world rely on the voice behind a 9-1-1 call every time they pick up the phone to dial for an emergency. Dispatchers on the other end of the 9-1-1 call are a vital piece of the puzzle that could save a person's life, either a community member or an emergency serviceman or woman, in a matter of moments. During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 14-20, dispatchers are thanked for their service.
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.)
The long-standing riverside Harbor Bar and restaurant just outside of Red Wing, Minn. is no stranger to annual flooding. The bar and restaurant, which also features a 32-slip marina, has been in operation since the 1960s on the Mississippi River. It survived some of the most devastating springtime floods which occurred in the late 1960s and again in the early 2000s that filled the place with 5 or more feet of water. This year the business is holding an unofficial amount of almost 2 feet of water which was last checked the first week in April, owner Brad Smith said.
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.
Angela Brenna knows what it's like to need support and maintain self-advocacy when living with a disability. The River Falls native, a former high school athlete, survived a life-changing car accident over 10 years ago while in college which left her paralyzed and in a wheelchair. But her experience and her desire to become an advocate for herself and others with disabilities led her to full-time employment with Center for Independent Living Western Wisconsin (CILWW), a Menomonie-based non-profit organization.
On Monday, April 1, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee voted 4-2 against the recommendation to add one full-time Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) social worker to the Pierce County Human Services Department. Those who gave negative voice were chair of F&P and county board Jeff Holst, vice-chair of F&P Jon Aubart and members Jerry Kosin and Bill Schroeder. Only two, Dan Reis and Human Services board chairman Michael Kahlow, voted in favor of the recommendation.