Zach Dwyer is a senior journalism student at UW-River Falls. He is an intern reporter for RiverTown Multimedia during the summer of 2018 covering features and sports. He was previously a news intern in the summer of 2017 for the Red Wing Republican Eagle.
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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 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.
When Shawn Spriggle was about 7 years old, he clearly remembers an old car being put up on a semi trailer for advertising for Norm Gilbertson's car shop in Bay City. "I thought it was such a neat car, I wanted to get one myself," Spriggle said. Nearly 25 years later, Spriggle bought his 1958 Edsel in North Carolina when he was stationed in Virginia in the Navy. He bought the classic car in 2012 and was part of a car club in Virginia before he returned to the area, where he knew he wanted to join another one.
The River Falls City Council and School Board met for their yearly combined council meeting on Monday night to discuss a variety of projects and challenges that will affect the city and the district in the coming years. One of the success stories is the River Falls High School pool, which will see renovations after the swimming season ends around March 1, 2019. The project will cost about $1 million and is possible because of a successful referendum vote in April 2018. Council members and school board members both described the pool as in bad shape.
A semi crashed into a power pole at the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 10 in Prescott around 11 a.m. on Monday. Xcel Energy reported that over 600 people lost power. Zach Dwyer / RiverTown Multimedia
SPRING VALLEY — Ethan Hayes may only be 21 years old, but he has been involved with the Spring Valley Stagehands since before he was a freshman in high school. He will get his second chance at directing a play this month as the community theatre will present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on July 19-22 and 26-29.
The St. Croix County dairy judging team has had success at state and national levels in the past and is looking to expand that success in 2018. The team meets weekly starting in March or April until member compete at districts, where they see if they can advance to the state or national level. Senior members, which include freshman in high school and older, compete in teams of four to grade cows.
The Great River Roads Theatre will perform Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" beginning July 12 in the Prescott High School Auditorium. Judy Johnson has been directing for 25 years with the Great River Road Theatre, and she will be co-directing with Courtney Lamb this year. Lamb has been acting in plays under Johnson's leadership since age 5 and now has her first chance to direct with the Great River Road Theatre.