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Sisu Play Café, located at 120 N. Main St. in River Falls, features unique climbing structures and a cozy playhouse.

Sisu Play Café opens downtown River Falls

RIVER FALLS – Every child needs a place to play where they feel comfortable, whether that’s a neighborhood park or a smaller setting such as downtown River Falls’ new Sisu Play …

Redaction costs threaten police video access

The bill moved with lightning speed. It was introduced last December, passed the state Senate in January and the Assembly in February, and was signed into law by Gov. Tony Evers in March. 2023 …

Superintendant Column: Go Panthers!

My name is Brian Nadeau and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the next superintendent of the Ellsworth Community School District.    My wife, Amy, and I enjoy spending time …
A layout of the selected option for the design of the Ellsworth High School construction.

Ellsworth SB hears update on middle school and high school construction design

The passage of a facilities referendum in April brings with it a large construction project, and the Ellsworth School Board heard updates on the design process at the middle and high schools during …

RW man convicted in fireworks stand armed robbery attempt

A Red Wing man has been convicted of one felony in connection with an attempted armed robbery last summer of a Trenton fireworks stand.   Taten Brooks New Holy, 25, was convicted of felony …
Government

Pierce County residents organize to show local opposition at DNR Public Hearing for proposed CAFO expansion

ELMWOOD — Last month, the DNR conditionally approved a proposal by Breeze Dairy Group to almost quadruple the size of their industrial dairy operation in the Town of Salem, Ridge Breeze …
Crime
Riley LaCroix

Man convicted in EMS student shooting death

An 18-year-old Bay City man has been convicted of homicide resulting in the death of an Ellsworth Middle School eighth grader last year. Riley James Lacroix was convicted of felony homicide by …
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Business

Prescott counselor, coach has passion for helping others

Maria Shea, owner of Awaken Counseling and Coaching, lives in Prescott. She has worked in mental health for 30 years.

Maria Shea, Prescott resident and owner of Awaken Counseling and Coaching, has been in the mental health field for nearly three decades. "I've been in the business for almost 30 years, private …

Local sports
Former Ellsworth head coach Mark Matzek shared his thoughts on the new hire as well as the keys to success in the future.

Matzek passes torch to Huppert as next coach of historic program

After the first four coaches helped build and sustain a historic program with eight Wisconsin Team State Championships, Carson Huppert is set to become the fifth head coach of Ellsworth wrestling. …
Seniors Ella Stewart capped off their Prescott softball careers by leading the Cardinals to the WIAA State Championship.

Late-season adversity built Cardinals into state championship team

“It’s been an unbelievable ride, girls.” Those were the opening words of an emotional Cardinal Coach Nick Johnson as he addressed his WIAA Division 3 State Softball Champion …
Ella Stewart was on fire on the mound for the Cardinals throughout the WIAA State Tournament. She allowed just three Laconia hits in the title game and struck out 55 batters through nine tournament games.

Cardinal energy after rain delay propels team to WIAA Division 3 Softball title

The Prescott Cardinals took advantage of a break in the action Saturday and emerged from the 1-1/2 -hour rain delay with energy and momentum that culminated three innings later with the team’s …
Barrett Temmers has been selected as Middle Border Conference 1st Team as WBCA Northwest All District 2nd Team this season.

Shots from the hip: Cards win first softball state championship

After winning the WIAA Division 3 State Championship last week the Cardinals say goodbye to senior pitcher Ella Stewart. The Cardinals rode the right arm of the soft spoken, respectful, and …
River Falls' Maggie Johnson shields the ball from Onalaska's Natalie Tevis, stopping the Hilltoppers' offense in the second half of Saturday's Division 2 sectional final game.

Wildcats headed back to WIAA State Tournament

The resilient Wildcat girls’ soccer team is taking its game to the biggest stage in the state, as they defeated Onalaska by a 1-0 margin Saturday afternoon to punch their ticket to the WIAA …
Prescott Foundation granted $10,000 to Landmark Conservancy in June to support the land purchase of Pine Coulee.    Located in Prescott, Pine Coulee is approximately 76 acres of …
PLUM CITY — The Plum City Blues fans showed out and so did the team for a pair of home wins over the Ellsworth Hubbers 4-0 Saturday and the Prescott Pirates 9-4 Sunday. Sunday’s game …
SPRING VALLEY — Nine innings of one-run ball from Cal Smith kept the Spring Valley Hawks alive as the game went to extra innings, and Derek Myer sent the Hawks flying out of the dugout with a …
Ellsworth Class of 2024 graduate Logan Brand was rewarded for his work as a dairy farmer, student and athlete, receiving the honor of Wisconsin Dairy Male Athlete of the Month by Dairy Farmers of …
Community

50th anniversary combines fresh events with fan-favorites at River Falls Days

St. Croix Central’s marching band at the inaugural River Falls Days parade in 1974.
River Falls Days is back and brighter than ever with its 50th anniversary, boasting the theme “Shimmer & Shine,” spanning from July 11-14. “It really plays into the classic …

Senior Gathering Place activities

I am hoping all Gathering Place members got their email from Penny Peterson regarding the continued closing of the Gathering Place due to construction. With the 4th of July holiday, things slowed …

Ellsworth Senior Center activities

The Ellsworth Senior Center would like to invite all senior citizens ages 50 and greater to the following events to be held at the senior center:   Pool Players meet every Monday and Friday …

RiverFest celebrates the St. Croix River

HUDSON – RiverFest a “Party with a Purpose” invites you to join the celebration of the St. Croix River on July 16-20 in Hudson. While the goal of RiverFest is to get people out to …

Horsin’ Around Golf Scramble Benefit has special meaning for organizer

RIVER FALLS – Round up some friends and grab your clubs for Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs “Horsin’ Around” Golf Scramble on Saturday, July 27 at the Pheasant Hills Golf …
Education

CVTC budget approved, expenditures down nearly 3%

EAU CLAIRE –  The  Chippewa Valley Technical College District Board approved the 2024-25 budget as proposed during its meeting on Thursday, June 27.   The budget calls for total …

Features
Community members enjoy hot dogs at the Fourth of July celebration in Diamond Bluff.

Volunteers help Diamond Bluff host community events

Festivals and community events have grown to extreme popularity in the Midwest, bringing people together in both the most and least populated communities. In Diamond Bluff, a group of volunteers have …

Opinion
Columns

Jerome 'Junior' Theis

Jerome Allen ‘Junior’ Theis, age 73, lifelong resident of Ellsworth died July 6, 2024, of natural causes. A Celebration of Life for Jerome Theis will be on Saturday, July 27 from 5 p.m. to Dusk, …

Sheila Kitttleson

Sheila Marie Kittleson, 68, long time resident of Red Wing, MN formerly of Prescott, WI passed away peacefully at United Hospital, St. Paul, MN on June 6, 2024, after a brief and courageous battle …

Back Home: What's the deal with dancing

I did a two-step quick-step and a bossanova   A little victor sylvester and a rudy valentino   You should have seen me moving   Right across the floor   Hand …

From the editor’s desk: How birthdays evolve

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 44 years on earth, it’s to have no expectations for holidays and celebrations. I don’t mean that to sound cynical and negative. In my …

Sen. Jeff Smith: Beware of amending the Constitution in August

If you plan to cast a ballot in the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 13, you need to know what to expect. Your ballot may not even have a single contested race of candidates for state legislative …
Letters
Letter to the editor: Say NO to Ridge Breeze CAFO expansion
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.piercecountyjournal.news: first name: Joyce last name: Thompson address: 2310 Aurora Cir …
Letter to the editor: A huge thank you!
To the editor, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone in our church and our community that helped with the fundraising for the upgrades to the Our Savior's Church …
Letter to the editor: Vote 'no' Aug. 13
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.piercecountyjournal.news: first name: Jim last name: Camery address: W11860 County Road FF, …
Letter to the editor: Biden admin. Title IX changes are dangerous
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.piercecountyjournal.news: first name: Brady last name: Penfield address: 617 S Main Street …
Letter to the editor: Why distaste for Van Orden?
To the editor, In the June 12 letters, Mr. Evenson showed quite a distaste for Mr. Van Orden. Has he ever met the guy? Why is Mr. Evenson showing Van Orden’s shortcomings? And a true …
Obituaries
Frances Dusek
Frances “Fran” Elaine Dusek, 86, of River Falls, WI, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at River Falls Area Hospital. Born on Sept. 21, 1937, Fran was the eldest child of Ray and Marie …
Judith Gerrish
Judith Ann Gerrish, 85, of Warner Robins, Ga. and formerly of River Falls, Wis., passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a brave battle with Lewy Bodies Dementia. Born Dec. 10, 1938, in …
Robin Rongitsch
Robin Dale Rongitsch passed away on June 19, 2024, at her home at the age of 63. She was a resident of Red Wing, Minn. Born Oct. 1, 1960, she was the loving daughter of Lytle and Mary-Etta (Keetley) …
Jessie Nadeau
Jessie A. Nadeau was born to Jess and Margaret Nadeau on June 26, 1931, in rural Pierce County, Wis. Late in her childhood, they moved to a farm in Beldenville. Jessie spent the rest of her life …
James Halverson
James Clifford Halverson, 92, of Red Wing, died Thursday, June 27, 2024 at the Ellsworth Health Services Care Center. He was born April 15, 1931 to Clifford and Vivian (Straub) Halverson in Maiden …
Web Extras
There’s a rare and devastating cancer affecting young adults: One woman’s tips on how to cope with a difficult diagnosis
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Election analysis for U.S. richest and poorest counties, 2016-2022
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You can save cold cash and still keep your home cool.
Navigating the Heat to Keep Power Bills Cool
(NAPSI)—The heat of summer doesn’t just mean it’s time to drink more water or eat ice cream to keep cool. It also means an increase in air conditioning and energy to cool your home. The U.S. …
5 tips to staying on track for students headed to college in the fall
Chalkbeat lists the five things students can do this summer to make it easier for them as they head to college in the fall.
You can save cold cash and still keep your home cool.
Navigating the Heat to Keep Power Bills Cool
(NAPSI)—The heat of summer doesn’t just mean it’s time to drink more water or eat ice cream to keep cool. It also means an increase in air conditioning and energy to cool your home. The U.S. …