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Helping community members during the worst of times is what Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service (EAAS) members do. The new EAAS director plans to ensure members have the resources they need to best serve the community. Jessi Willenbring officially took over as EAAS director April 24, but had been serving as interim director since Dan Morth stepped down Feb. 4. Willenbring became a paramedic with EAAS in April 2016. She previously served as an EMT and a paramedic on the River Falls Ambulance Service. She also worked at Healtheast in St. Paul.
Community center rate increases, discussion on a letter that Spring Valley residents received, A Butchery Shoppe's possible expansion, and allowing access to Handy Andy Park for a winter renovation project dominated dialogue at the May 2 Spring Valley Village Board meeting. Village residents may have received a letter from the the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that says "notice of investigation" containing information about the construction of well No. 4 in the village. The letter also states that water rates could increase by approximately 64 percent.
Being a part of the community and helping people achieve healthy living is what one local man hopes he is doing for Ellsworth; he was recently recognized for his efforts. Kyle Kollbaum, chiropractor at Kollbaum Chiropractic in Ellsworth, received the Wisconsin Chiropractor of the Year award from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) on April 27.
On Feb. 21, police and Elmwood School District officials received a report of a student who had allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school. The possible threat was reported after afternoon bus routes Feb. 21. Following the incident, the Pierce County Sheriff's office and Elmwood police department determined there was no present risk to students or staff at Elmwood schools.
Camping is one way many people relax and enjoy the Wisconsin weather and outdoors. After six years of planning, John Grabrick (Big Dog Daddy), owner of Big Dog Daddy's Roadhouse in Bay City, has begun construction on Big Dog Daddy's Resort. The resort is approved for 42 campsites and 24 cabins. Grabrick said they will also be making a bathhouse and pavilion during the construction. "We will be moving at fairly rapid speed to get the first 17 [campsites] in," Grabrick said. "Get online sometime in June if not before."
Prescott High School recently released the names of the top 10 students from the Class of 2018. Ty Sanford Valedictorian Parents: Chuck and Erin Sanford College attending: UW-La Crosse Major: Biomedical Science Involvements: Football, wrestling, track, National Honor Society, LAFF (Life, Answers, Faith, Friends) Katie Burmood Salutatorian Parents: Steve and Janet Burmood College attending: Iowa State University Major: Criminal justice
Plans for the Vista Croix riverside development in Prescott continue to change as developers determine what is best for the area. Robert Campbell, business advisor to Riverboat Properties, LLC (who own the property), has been assisting Riverboat Properties since 2011. "The original plan for the property was a mixed use building including condominium units, restaurant and banquet/event space as well as onsite parking," Campbell said. "Market conditions have dictated a new approach that is primarily or completely residential with onsite parking."
Spring Valley Middle/High School recently announced its top 10 students in the Class of 2018.
Making sure students are given the best opportunities to be successful at school depends on many factors, from educational learning in the classroom to the their health. Prescott School District Nurse Marie Magnan said she sees school nurses working collaboratively with other educational professionals to help improve students' success in school. "It's [school nurse position] a huge support role for the wonderful educational professionals I work with," Magnan said. "[We] collaborate to make students do their best."
The new Pierce County Public Health Director and Officer is happy to move back to the area. AZ Snyder started with Pierce County on April 16. She grew up, went to school and graduated from Lino Lakes, Minn.; her parents moved to River Falls when she was a teenager. "I decided I wanted to come home, be near family," Snyder said. "I love this part of the country, this part of Wisconsin. When the job opened up I just knew I had to apply for it." Snyder went to college at Notre Dame and majored in anthropology.