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A Pierce County man recently received the unexpected news that a living kidney donor had been found for him and it was someone close by. Prescott native Rob Mooney, who lives outside of Spring Valley and has lived in River Falls, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014; it progressed to stage 4 renal failure in 2017. He was placed on two different transplant lists in September 2017, one for just a kidney and one for a kidney and pancreas. But he knew the immediate need was for a kidney.
As National Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, there are still improvements that can be made to help sexual assault victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said community to community public transportation would benefit sexual assault survivors. While some communities have transportation within their individual community, there isn't transportation from one community to another.
St. Croix County sheriff's office and North Hudson police department are working with Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence to start a new program in the area to help domestic violence victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a tool that law enforcement officers can use while responding to domestic violence calls that can help them evaluate victims' situations.
An alleged threat to the Spring Valley School District was investigated by the school district and Spring Valley Police this week. According to a news release from Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois Wednesday afternoon, April 4, police investigated a threat made on social media to "shoot up the school." The threat contained no specific time or date for the incident.
The Spring Valley Stagehands have been busy practicing for their upcoming production since mid-January. The musical they will perform combines singing, dancing and humor to keep the audience entertained throughout the entire show. Director Ethan Hayes, of Ellsworth, chose this year's musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." This is the first production Hayes has directed, though he has taken part in six previous shows at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre.
Elmwood School District is continuing to investigate a report of a student saying he/she was going to bring a gun to school. The district electronically released a statement to parents and staff and posted the statement on their school website over the weekend of Feb. 24.
In the wake of the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., local schools look to community and families to help keep students safe. "The event on Wednesday is a nightmare none of us want to experience," Hudson School District Superintendent Nick Ouellette said. "As a school community, we are all committed to ensuring the practices and protocols we have in place are the best they can be. Student and staff safety is paramount to that commitment."
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.