A garden full of color and life may simply seem like a nice addition to a landscape, but one like the Grow to Share Community Garden in River Falls has the power to end hunger and harvest generations of inspiration for the outdoors and healthy eating. For people who may not have access to fresh and locally-grown foods or struggle to buy them on their own, the community garden at the end of Hanson Drive provides much-desired nutritious produce each summer. Volunteers tend the garden and harvest the vegetables nearly twice a week.
After allegedly stealing and operating three different pickup trucks, resisting a Pierce County Deputy and damaging a squad car radio antenna wire, Joseph Edward Anthony Smalley of Wabasha, Minn. was arrested in the Town of Oak Grove on Friday, Aug. 10. Smalley has been charged with two felony counts of operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, taking and driving a vehicle without owner's consent and abandoning the vehicle, resisting an officer and criminal damage to property. According to a criminal complaint:
Over $13,000 was raised during a motorcycle and car ride benefit fundraiser for Elmwood boy Owen Weber, 3, who has been fighting a rare liver cancer since June of this year. Family friends and owners of Waverly's Full Throttle Saloon, Kevin Arnoldy and Erin Geraets, organized the benefit which took place Aug. 11 in Elmwood. The money will help support and fund Owen's family for expenses not covered by insurance. Riders enjoyed a 115-mile trip across Wisconsin's scenic routes and came back to a silent auction.
After receiving a call from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 9, an Ellsworth man returned home from work to find that his vehicle was stolen and another person's belongings were inside his house. The man accused, Ronald William Marshall of Minneapolis, was arrested in River Falls by River Falls police that same day for operating the Ellsworth man's motor vehicle without his consent and criminal trespassing. According to a criminal complaint:
A grant awarded to the village of Plum City on Aug. 3 of $500,000 will be put toward a $2 million renovation project for the wastewater treatment plant. Work is set to begin this spring, Plum City Village President Doug Watkins said. The plant in need of updating was first built in the 1980s. Plum City, along with 32 other Wisconsin municipalities, were awarded grant money by Gov. Scott Walker from Community Development Block Grant Public Facility and Planning Funds.
East End Park in Ellsworth hosted their annual National Night Out on August 7, an opportunity for community members, law enforcement and emergency responders to rally together for some good outdoor fun. This was the 35th National Night Out and is also considered "America's Night Out Against Crime". Games, food donated by Nilssen's, live music provided by The James Zackary Band and photo ops with Smokey the Bear and other characters were enjoyed by people of all ages.
Spring Valley Village Board members discussed former Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy Robby Joel Jaeger's court case during the board's Aug. 2 meeting. Jaeger pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor theft in exchange for a deferred judgment on his first count, felony theft during his July 31 sentencing. He will receive two years probation for each of his misdemeanor counts, running concurrently. The felony would be re-filed if Jaeger is revoked from probation, commits new crimes or fails to pay restitution in the 60 days after the amount is determined.
Two young boys stood and walked to the podium when Ellsworth Village Board Chair Gerald DeWolfe called for public comment on non-agenda items at the monthly meeting Aug. 6. Anthony Madsen and Alex Pazdernik proposed the idea of building a skate park, possibly at Summit Park in an unused area by the volleyball courts. The park, modeled after Prescott's well-maintained park, would bring members of the community together and allow people of all ages to skateboard, scooter or bike, Pazdernik said.
Pierce County Libraries will not be receiving more county funds this year to carry out expansion plans for technology resources and community outreach. The motion to provide the libraries with a reimbursement increase of 5 percent to bring the total to 85 percent failed at the Finance and Personnel Committee meeting on Aug. 6. The second motion to keep the reimbursement at 80 percent passed.
In the midst of a rising methamphetamine problem in Pierce County, District Attorney Sean Froelich asked the Finance and Personnel Committee to take action at the monthly meeting Aug. 6 and provide support to handle the number of cases he receives.