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CAPITOL REPORT: Group launching a second recall effort against Vos

The strange election-year recall effort targeting the longest serving speaker in Wisconsin history has gotten stranger. The group seeking to recall Robin Vos has now launched a new attempt targeting …
Chief Gordon Young with 2023 Officer of the Year Steven Thomas.

2023 Officer of the Year honored

RIVER FALLS – The 2023 Officer of the Year was honored at the March 26 River Falls City Council meeting: Steven Thomas. Chief Gordon Young touted Thomas for promoting the department’s …

Code enforcement: River Falls has taken proactive approach

RIVER FALLS – Tyler Galde, planning and engineering technician, updated the River Falls City Council recently on how code enforcement is going in the city. In June 2021, the council …

Leaving a legacy: New scholarship at UWRF will assist aspiring teachers

RIVER FALLS – The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received funding for a new endowed scholarship designed to benefit students from Hudson with a love of education.  The …

Tarnation Tavern wins 2024 Burger Battle!

RIVER FALLS – We're excited to announce that this year's winner of the 2024 River Falls Rotary Burger Battle is Tarnation Tavern! This was one of the tightest battles we've ever seen with …
Government

Village President column: Charting a path forward

In recent times, the call for Village Board members to "listen to the residents" has echoed persistently throughout Ellsworth. Yet, amidst these demands lies a perplexing question: which segment of …
Crime

Speeding stop turns into cocaine, meth bust

Daryale D. Harris
A Minnesota man pulled over for speeding in Prescott failed to hide his cocaine and meth stash after being arrested and taken to Pierce County Jail. Daryale Donte Harris, 28, Apple Valley, …
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Business

Wellhaven Senior Living is under new ownership

Wellhaven is located at 119 Union St. in River Falls.

RIVER FALLS – Wellhaven Senior Living in River Falls will be under new ownership, effective April 1, 2024. The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) has made the decision to sell Wellhaven in order …

Local sports
The play at second is not in time as Addison Nelson slides in safely in Spring Valley's 8-4 win over Elmwood-Plum City.

Cardinals take down Wolves in home opener

The Spring Valley Cardinals softball team defeated the Elmwood-Plum City Wolves in their home opener on Thursday by a score of 8-4. It was a game that was both closer and more of a blowout than it …
Molly Janke was recognized for her athletic and scholastic achievements at an award ceremony and banquet in Hammond.

Ellsworth Wrestling Hall of Fame announces 2024 inductees; Janke, Brand are MBC Scholar Athletes

The Ellsworth Wrestling program announced this year's Hall of Fame selections this week, and they are Mark Matzek, Jerad Erlandson and Chuck Foy. Each of these men have been a big part of the …
Lillia Gray shoots for the net in the first place Wildcats’ 1-0 loss on Saturday, their first of the year.

Wildcats’ soccer seeking ticket back to state

The River Falls Wildcats girls’ soccer team lost 1-0 against Onalaska in their home opener on Saturday. River Falls had their chances in Saturday’s game, namely with the ball loose …
Wildcat Will Benedict is a senior this year and will be one of the leaders of the team.

Early spring gives area golf teams a head start

The Prescott Cardinals will tee off their Middle Border Conference golf season on Monday in Altoona. With the weather improving, casual players may find themselves beginning to look wistfully at …
Diego Schmitt logs a great performance with four shutout innings of work and nine strikeouts in Spring Valley's home opener against the EPC Wolves.

Spring Valley outscores EPC 9-1 in commanding victory

The Spring Valley Cardinals defeated the Elmwood-Plum City Wolves by a score of 9-1 on Thursday in Spring Valley. In a game where they got down early, the Wolves’ pitching settled down and the …
Head Softball Coach Nick Johnson outscored Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau and St. Croix Falls by a combined score of 26-2. The Cardinals pounded Redbird and Saints pitching and the pitching duo of Ella …
The River Falls High School’s hockey program that made it to the Frozen Four in the state tournament this year for the second time in history will be looking for a new head coach after Cam …
The Ellsworth Panthers track and field team took third place in their second meet of the season at the Eau Claire North Varsity Indoor Invitational, held at the University of Wisconsin on Friday and …
The Ellsworth Panthers defeated the River Falls Wildcats on opening day in River Falls on Monday by a score of 5-1. On a chilly April Fools home opener, the Wildcats got behind the 8-ball right away. …
Community

‘Workout of the Day’ event to honor fallen military

RIVER FALLS – Area residents of all ages are invited to participate in an April 27 “Workout of the Day” event honoring fallen military members. Called Manion WOD, the annual …

Ellsworth Senior Center activities: April 10-17

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: Come and join the  Pool Players …

Plum City Care Center Chatter for April 10

The wintery spring weather continued this week, but we didn’t care as we stayed warm Monday morning with Monday Movers seated exercise group! Stacey and Noel led residents in gentle arm and leg …

Prescott Senior Gathering Place activities

PRESCOTT – Welcome spring and welcome April! We hope you were able to join us this past Tuesday April 2 for the annual meeting and catered lunch. Keep in mind that Gathering Place does …

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: Come and join the  Pool Players …
Education
Carter Allen

Prescott Community Club Students of the Week: Carter Allen & Dominic Weise

The Prescott Community Club Student of the Week for April 3 was Prescott High School freshman Dominic Weise, nominated by band teacher Jason Canfield. “Dominic is involved in our HS Garage …

Features
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kristie Smith and Pastor John Lestock introduce Taylor Johnson and her two children at the Panther Drive groundbreaking in Ellsworth Wednesday, March 27.

Habitat breaks ground on Ellsworth home

ELLSWORTH – The late March snowstorm and icy temperatures didn’t stop St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity from holding a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, March 27 on Panther Drive in …

Opinion
Columns

My View: Planning a journey

I’m due for a vacation. It’s been almost a year since I took some time off and I think it was about five years before we embarked on a journey into the wilderness last summer. …

Rep. Warren Petryk: Stay prepared, Severe Weather Awareness in WI

April 8-12 is Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. During this week Wisconsin Emergency Management and the National Weather Service are partnering to raise awareness of the need to …

Woodworking again: Interminable garden bounty

One of the many lessons we’ve learned among the joys and sorrows of being unquashable planters, is that if you’re devoted to putting seeds in the ground and oohing and aahing at the …

Sen. Jeff Smith: The people's work undone

Last Tuesday the 2 nd of April was the spring election. It was clear based on the referenda questions on ballots throughout Wisconsin that something isn’t right. Headlines throughout the past …

From the editor's desk: When childhood was fun

I don’t think it’s any secret that our kids are growing up much differently than we did. I’m sure I grew up much differently from my mom and uncles, who grew up in the 50s and 60s. …
A photo of crocuses in Chris Hardie's yard. Some of them were planted years ago by his mother.

Back Home: Spring captured in a flower

One certainty that I have learned over my long years is that nature moves at her own pace. Yes, we’ve done our worst to mess with the climate and destroy ozone, but nature slowly responds …
Letters
Letter to the editor: Shame on RF athletic director, school board
To the editor, Welcome to a generation of entitled kids and the parents who made them that way: an era in which a school board and an athletic director can fire a reputable coach with great …
Letter to the editor: Response to Bauer ad
Dear Mr. Bauer, I recently read your insert in the Pierce County Journal, and I must admit that I was taken aback by the information (or should I say misinformation) you presented in your …
Letter to the editor: Bergseng gets my vote
To the editor, We need to keep Dean Bergseng with his knowledge and tenure on the Pierce County Board! Dean has a long history of being active in local and county government. He is currently …
Letter to the editor: They did it for us, let’s do it for them
The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.piercecountyjournal.news: first name: Meghan last name: Smith address: 128 Monroe ST N …
Letter to the editor: High horses
To the editor, I should apologize for my lack of perspicacity as it relates to my understanding of the theory that highly educated people can think more analytically. Perhaps I should endeavor …
Obituaries
Allen Clark
Allen Clark, age 86 of Prescott, died peacefully, Saturday, March 23, 2024 at his residence. Allen was born on Nov. 20, 1937 in Ladysmith, Wis., the son of Edward Wilson and Lenora (Nelson) Clark. He …
Allen Clark
Allen Clark, age 86 of Prescott, died peacefully, Saturday, March 23 at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial for Allen will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in …
Kathleen Finstad
Kathleen Ann Finstad, age 76, died peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday March 23, 2024, at River Falls Area Hospital. Kathy was born July 17, 1947 and grew up in Bay City, Wis., before …
Roger Girdeen
Roger W. Girdeen, age 87, a lifelong resident of Ellsworth died peacefully, Friday, March 22 at the Ellsworth Health Services Nursing Home. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date. …
Robert 'Bubba' Gwidt
Robert “Bubba” Ronald Gwidt, born on Feb. 28, 1951, in Pulaski, Wis., passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on March 15, 2024 at his home in River Falls, Wis. Throughout high school in …
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