A Look Back

Posted 9/22/21

Compiled by Joseph Back 10 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Sept. 22, 2011 School Board approves $1,300,000 tax and revenue anticipation promissory note By Louis Garcia The Prescott School District School …

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A Look Back


Compiled by Joseph Back

10 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Sept. 22, 2011

School Board approves $1,300,000 tax and revenue anticipation promissory note By Louis Garcia The Prescott School District School Board approved a $1,300,000 tax and revenue anticipation promissory note from M & I Bank – one of four banks to provide a bid, and the one with the lowest interest to ensure the district has enough cash flow for the 2011 school year.

The money is needed because even though the school’s fund balance is in the positive, the cash flow is negative.

Interest on the borrowed money is set at 0.614 percent, resulting in a total interest cost of less than $9,000 for the entire year, Superintendent Roger Hulne said at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.

“There was a time when it would have cost us $50,000 or more,” Hulne said. “This is as low as it’s been.”

Last year, the school district borrowed $1.5 million (story continues) Library offers great return to community By Louis Garcia It’s library month, and after a presentation to Kiwanis earlier this month by Prescott Library Director Jane Enright, one thing is clear: Prescott residents are using the many services available to them quite frequently, but library cuts may be coming.

The potential problem could come from a change in funding. Maintenance of Effort was the former funding formula in Wisconsin state statutes, and had been in place since the ‘70s. It worked by averaging the previous three years of funding, and that total was what municipalities had to pay in the upcoming year for funding.

“This year the new governor (Gov. Scott Walker) threw that whole funding formula out,” Enright said. “I don’t know for sure what to expect now, because in lean times it seems like when there are cuts…sometimes we’re considered an unessential service, and when it comes to cuts we’re often the first place to look…” (above stories continued on Wisconsin Badgerlink, accessed for free with a library card) Don’t Miss The St. Joseph’s Parish Annual Fall Festival Sept. 25!

281 Dakota St. – Prescott Bingo, Cake Walk, Children’s Games, Treasure Jars, Theme Baskets, and more!

25 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Jan. 11, 1996

Quote of the Week: “It’s time to set our priorities and give the taxpayers something they can use: a fishing dock, a hockey rink, basketball courts and fixing up our parks.”

Diane House, City Council member New owners plan major changes for Li’l Heifer By R. E. Herman Gary Holmgren was no stranger to Prescott when he and his wife Kim decided to purchase the Li’l Heifer bar last month.

He had been in town many times driving the St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Super Crewe of ’92 fire truck during Prescott Daze and docking here when he boated along the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

In fact the Li’l Heifer holds a special place in the couple’s hearts as the Li’l Heifer was one of the places they visited on their first date. Now two-and-one-half years later, the couple is married, expecting their first child in March and starting a new life in Prescott…(story continues)

70 years ago THE RIVER FALLS JOURNAL Jan. 11, 1951

Community News Notes Gathered for the Journal by an Excellent Staff of Correspondents.

JERUSALEM CORNER Locals Mrs. Edwin T. Morrow, Reporter Mr. and Mrs. Larry Carlson (née Verna Mae Matzek) are the happy parents of a son, Gary, who arrived on Jan. 5.

Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Fred Morrow and Charles visited her mother, Mrs. Holden Day, at Hudson on Sunday.

Mrs. and Mrs. Ralph Matzek and Douglas of Maiden Rock were dinner guests of Mrs. and Mrs. Ed Matzek on Sunday.

Raymond Kusileks were host and hostess in the “500” club on Friday evening.

Mrs. Ed Morrow attended a shower for Mrs. James Stouffer at River Falls on Wednesday afternoon.

CLAY CORNERS Locals Mrs. Anchor Lund, Reporter Mr. and Mrs. Jay Anderson and family visited at the Wm. Stokes home Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Marvin Helgeson entertained at a Saturday party at the Melvin Howe home Thursday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Lund and Allen visited at Anchor Lund’s Thursday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Anchor Lund and boys visited at J.B. Ofstie’s Sunday afternoon. It was Mrs. Ofstie’s birthday.

PLEASANT HILL Locals Mrs. E. Kirchner, Reporter Edward Hauth helped with butchering a beef at Ray Hauth’s on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kirchner and Charlie Kirchner visited Monday at A. B. Johnson’s.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Allers attended a party at the Felix Huppert home Saturday evening.

The Herman Maiers are having several improvements made on their home, including a new bathroom.

Charlie Kirchner received word this week of the birth of a great grandson, born to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Carlson of Minneapolis, Minn. Mrs. Carlson was formerly Verna Mae Matzek.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kirchner, Norman, Carol, and Charlie Kirchner were supper guests Saturday evening at Ralph Kirchner’s in St. Paul, Minn.

115 years ago PIERCE COUNTY HERALD Aug. 2, 1906

OLIVET Locals Mrs. Eaton and son Roy of Oregon City are visiting her father, Rev. Welch. Ernest Welch of Minneapolis visited over Sunday with his grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Welch. Mrs. Oliver Coon went to Duluth to see her mother. Rev. Welch is a little better at the present writing PLUM CITY Locals A bowery dance was held at Forest Park last Saturday evening.

Plum City ball boys played against Porcupine last Sunday.

FARGO Locals Farmers are busy harvesting their barley crop.

Married—In Red Wing, July 26, 1906, Geo. Dopkins of this place to Miss Ella Walker of_Beldenville.

Sherwood Freeman of Danville, Ill., is a visitor here, the guest of R. S. Wilcox. Rev. Flora of Menomonie held services here Sunday afternoon.

160 years and one month ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL

Lute A. Taylor, Editor Aug. 14, 1861 War letters:_Sixth regiment Correspondence.

CAMP CUTLER, near Harrisburg July 31, 1861 Dear Lute: Our Regiment arrived here last night at 12 o’clock and_stretched immediately on the_ground with nothing over them but the blue sky and nothing under but their blankets. Our_journey here was one perfect ovation—beginning at Milwaukee and ending only at our_destination. The boys had been paid in gold and silver_at Madison, and seemed to have more_money than they knew what to do with. Over $27,000 were paid to our Regiment, and as a_consequence the boys had a jolly time, buying everything they wanted along the road. A_splendid dinner was served us at Milwaukee and a fine supper in Chicago. We_proceeded from_Chicago the same evening by the Fort Wayne Road and arrived in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning_at daylight, going immediately from thence by the Pennsylvania Road to this place. In Chicago_we marched through the principal streets and Company B was cheered and complimented on_all sides for its soldierly bearing and correct marching….The tents were pitched this morning,_and what was a mere stubble field last night is now changed into a beautiful white_(tent)_city,_where we will abide until tomorrow, when we shall again take up the line of march for Harper’s_Ferry. The 5th Wisconsin is here, and will take the same route….One day’s rations were issued_today, consisting of crackers, cheese and ham. Strict camp life has begun, everything being_done in strict military style. We have not received our arms, but expect to in a few days. More_anon.