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Feb. 14 may be known to many as the day of love because of Valentine's Day, but to some this day represents the love given for those that donate an organ, eye or tissue. Besides Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor's Day. Organ donor recipients from all over the United States have been given a second chance at life when they receive a life saving organ.
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers a tour along the Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. Dennis Donath, Pierce County commissioner on the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, said in Wisconsin the Great River Road stretches 250 miles along Highway 35. Besides Wisconsin, the Great River Road goes through nine other states including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
While 1 in 68 children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this was not always the case; 20 years ago cases of autism weren't as prevalent. Lauri Moreland of River Falls said when her 28-month-old daughter, Lindsey Moreland (who will be 24 years old this month) was diagnosed with autism, it was not something with which she or her husband Todd were familiar. "We [Todd and I] had never heard of autism," Lauri said.
The small town of Spring Valley has welcomed the owners and workers at A Butchery Shoppe into their community as the new business opened its doors Dec. 18. A Butchery Shoppe is owned by Fadra Greene, Kevin Olson, Dale Volkert and Robert Kramer. Greene said they have already been well received in the community, calling response "great." "The outpouring of support from this community and the surrounding communities this week [week of opening] has been amazing," Greene said. "Word travels fast in small towns and there is quite a buzz right now."
As the Christmas season passes and people begin to start the clean-up from the holidays, for those that had a real Christmas tree, now they have to decide what to do with it. According to the National Christmas Tree Association website, there may be many different options depending on where a person lives. One of their recommendations is to set the undecorated tree outside.
Plum City residents have welcomed back the original owners of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC as they re-opened the bakery on Dec. 8. Gwen Glaus and husband Todd originally opened Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC in 2004 and retired from the business in 2016. However, when the opportunity arose for them to reopen the bakery they seized the opportunity. "We didn't want the building to sit empty," Gwen said. "Didn't want to see business in a small town close."
This past July the Pepin County Fair celebrated its 140th anniversary, but to many that is now bittersweet as 2017 was the fair's last year. Christina Hager, Chair of the Pepin County Fair Association, said after much discussion about continuing the Pepin County Fair, the decision was reached to combine their fair with the Buffalo County Fair. She said the biggest reason is because they want to give the youth a chance to make more out of their fair participation.