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Twenty-five emergency service units from the area organized June 14 to educate local families and attendees on safety tips for various activities and first response situations. This event, called Community Safety Day, has added 15 service units since its inception in 2015, according to Brad Jorgenson, Assistant Director of Emergency Medical Services for Spring Valley Area Emergency Services. For the last three years, the event has taken place at Syverson Practice Field near the dam in Spring Valley after moving from Spring Valley High School.
A Prescott man is being charged with strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment and disorderly conduct after verbally abusing, threatening and strangling a woman, according to Prescott police. 35-year-old Eric P. Keeler had been reportedly drinking all day May 19 and threatened the woman by making statements about murdering her and her family before strangling her in a bedroom. Keeler's daughter walked into the room, prompting Keeler to release the woman.
River Falls youth and families showed up with smiles and celebrated 2019 Town 'N Country Day June 9 despite getting little sunshine. In honor of agricultural heritage in the River Falls area, the annual event welcomes the community to participate in activities, listen to live music and chow down from Dick's Fresh Market food stand. Future Farmers of America students from River Falls High School invited children to pet farm animals in the Dick's Fresh Market parking lot while St. Croix County Collector's Association gave children the opportunity to sit on tractors.
It was Spring Valley High School sophomore Jordan Arriola's first time performing CPR in the real world. Arriola had learned CPR when he was a freshman at Spring Valley High School, just last year, in a health class. Because of Arriola's quick and brave response to begin chest compressions on his father Jose Garcia in their home after Garcia collapsed in the bedroom, a life was saved on March 25, 2019.
Since January, the Plum City American Legion and the Pierce County Historical Association have been shaking their heads at a mysterious hand-painted curtain found tucked away in the Legion's ceiling. Electricians who were working on the Legion on Pine Avenue near the ceiling discovered the 18-foot-wide art: A large curtain of canvas fabric intricately painted with many advertisements for local businesses in Plum City, Durand and Arkansaw, which border a landscape painting of a lake, some trees and wildlife.
In 2014, National Public Health funding was still below pre-recession levels with expenditures almost 9% lower per person than they were in 2008, according to a 2015 study by the Public Health Economics. Wisconsin, however, is especially low on the per-capita expenditures totem pole, according to a 2014-2015 analysis of State Investment in Public Health by Trust For America's Health. Wisconsin only spent $15 per capita in 2014-2015 on public health, ranking 40th in the nation, just above Minnesota which spent $14.60 ranking 41st.
For 39 years Brian Koenig, Prescott High School's technology education teacher, has seen students come into his classroom to learn design, carpentry and industrial skills. Some have left PHS ready to build a future through further education in anything from engineering to architecture to construction. "It's fun for me to have kids who dive in and work," Koenig said. "We're really blessed to have the equipment we do at Prescott High School."
With the approach of summer comes annual road construction in Wisconsin. Pierce County will see one project nearing its end in June and a new project underway, for which construction began May 28. On Highway 10 from Hastings to Prescott, the $1 million construction project comprising a bridge rehabilitation, concrete surface and floor repair, joint replacement and polymer overlay which began in September 2018 is scheduled to be complete in June.
Their group may have formed by accident, but their volunteer work is always done with a purpose. Nearly three years ago Vicki Olson, St. Joseph Parish School sixth grade teacher, organized an informational meeting for older students who would volunteer to help work childcare during Home and School meetings. "They interpreted that meeting completely differently, they said, 'we want to start a volunteer group in Prescott'," Olson said. "I wasn't going to say no to them, it was exciting. It was completely driven by them, I ended up in it as a default."
Five Ellsworth High School students have proven the common office item Post-It Notes can be used for more than your to-do list. Through a vocational art class, the students creatively completed two life-sized murals Friday, May 17 using over 1,000 Post-It Notes to create images of the comic book superhero Spiderman and the cartoon Sonic. Both of the characters represented in the art have movie trailers, Spiderman: Far From Home and Sonic the Hedgehog, which were recently released.