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Each year El Paso Days focuses on a specific industry or business in the town's history to honor at its yearly festival. For the 32nd annual El Paso Days Aug.16-19, families of former milk haulers will be representatives as grand marshals. Wayne and Bonnie Peterson will represent Wayne's father Helmer Peterson, who hauled milk throughout the area for about 40 years from 1930-1970. Farmers like Helmer would drive their trucks through any conditions to make sure milk from the area could get to the creamery in Ellsworth every day, all year long.
Gov. Scott Walker visited the Hudson Fleet Farm on Friday afternoon to encourage Wisconsin families to participate in the state's first sales-tax holiday that runs through Sunday. Certain items are sales tax-free until Aug. 5, including school supplies, clothing and computers and computer supplies. Other items like diapers, baby clothes, costumes, wedding apparel and more will also be sales tax-free.
In the early 1990's, Elmwood resident John Eager's desire for finding the "best cup of coffee" led him to begin roasting his own coffee in a steel pan in his home oven. He eventually moved up to buying a 1910 Royal #5 Coffee Roaster from the East Coast, and had to give away coffee to friends because he could only drink so much of what he made. Eager now is in his 17th year of operating Highland Hollow Coffee and Tea Company on Main Street in Elmwood. He taught himself how to make his wide variety of organic coffees.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors spent the majority of its July 24 meeting discussing their upcoming vote on borrowing over $8 million for Pierce County Highway Department improvements in 2019 and 2020. The vote will come at the board's August meeting, in which a super majority vote of ¾ of the board is necessary to accept the proposal. Any members who are absent from the meeting will count as a no vote.
The Best in Show award at the July 22 Beldenville Old Car Club Car Show and Swap Meet went to John Lindstrom of Cottage Grove, Minn., who brought their 1946 Ford Business Deluxe. The other results include: Class 100: 1900-1939 Best in Class: 1939 Cadillac Fleetwood, Grody and Joyce Berres, Maplewood, Minn. 1st: 1936 Ford Deluxe Cabriolet, Frank and Laurel Klein, St. Cloud, Minn. 2nd: 1937 Chevy Master Deluxe, Gary Thurber, River Falls. 3rd: 1930 Ford Model A Roadster, Robert Sebion, Spring Valley.
The extraterrestrial will be on display for the 40th straight year when UFO Days hits the streets of Elmwood July 27-29. The summer festival began in 1978, only a few years after multiple reports of UFO sightings occurred around the area. This earned Elwood the title of "UFO Capital of Wisconsin," which it will look to capitalize on in this year's celebration.
The Old Beldenville Car Club held its 41st annual car show and swap meet Sunday, July 22 at the Pierce County Fairgrounds.
Lonnie Feuerhelm was a big part of the Ellsworth community. He was a board member for the Pierce Pepin Cooperative, Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County and the Ellsworth Community School Foundation. However, his many accomplishments weren't always on display. "The more I find out about him, he did a lot of things in the community that probably went unnoticed to the public," Roger Wiff, one of Feuerhelm's fellow directors on the Pierce Pepin board, said. "He wasn't the kind of guy out blowing his own horn."
Danielle Ellingstad has been working in the healthcare field for about a decade, but her newest stop at Atrium Post Acute Care in Ellsworth may be her last before a big change in her career plans. Ellingstad lives in Elk Mound, and she graduated with a bachelor's degree in vocational rehabilitation with certification in social work from UW-Stout. However, she is currently in the process of getting her Master's Degree in school social work from UW-Madison, where she will graduate in the spring.