Pierce County, WI News



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Connect with your future workforce and keep our talent local! This school year, all Wisconsin public school district middle school and high school students are participating in academic and career planning.  Called Career Cruising, this software allows students to input information to help identify interests and potential careers that tie to those interests. The second part of this software, called Inspire, provides an opportunity for employers to connect with students on potential careers within their organizations and provide information on existing work-based learning and career-readiness programs making it easier for students’ to engage in those opportunities aligned to the careers and career...
Linking up with your future workforce.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

“Our Ellsworth middle school and high school students are participating in academic and career planning along with schools throughout Wisconsin.  Career Cruising enables them to identify their interests and careers leading to those interests”, said Jon Dodge, Principal, Ellsworth Middle School. A part of this career exploration process is connecting students to employers within their community on potential careers, obtain information on existing work-based learning and career-readiness programs.  This connection, called Inspire, with local employers will make it easier for students to engage in opportunities aligned to the careers and career pathway areas of interest. “Inspire provides an opportunity for employers to...
Pierce County Revolving Loan Fund - Affordable business financing when the bank loan does not cover the need.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

As a business owner or entrepreneur seeking capital to start, purchase, or grow your business venture, your financing request to your conventional lender falls short of meeting your capital needs. Your lender is willing to provide for a portion of those needs but not the full amount.  You can demonstrate through a well-documented and supported business plan/proposal your needs and the ability to repay the proposed loan. Where do you turn to fill the gap? For Pierce County based ventures the Pierce County Revolving loan fund may be a financing tool to enable you to meet your needs. The Pierce County...
A Destination for the Perfect Day

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Every now and then, it is possible to have the perfect day. A day where the sun is shining, the views are spectacular, the food devine and every sip of wine transformative. These are the days we live for and they are easy to come by at Vino in the Valley. Nestled in the heart of the Rush River Valley, this outdoor dining experience is more than a restaurant. It’s an experience and a destination. Owners Larry Brenner and Julie Karlstad love to entertain, welcome guests and share all that they love about their corner of Wisconsin. They had a vision...
New campground to have sites available by June

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Camping is one way many people relax and enjoy the Wisconsin weather and outdoors. After six years of planning, John Grabrick (Big Dog Daddy), owner of Big Dog Daddy's Roadhouse in Bay City, has begun construction on Big Dog Daddy's Resort. The resort is approved for 42 campsites and 24 cabins. Grabrick said they will also be making a bathhouse and pavilion during the construction. "We will be moving at fairly rapid speed to get the first 17 [campsites] in," Grabrick said. "Get online sometime in June if not before." Of these first 17 campsites, Grabrick said 14 will be seasonal spots. The...
Duffy visits Hudson, River Falls projects

Thursday, May 03, 2018

By Rebecca Mariscal and Mike Longaecker Today at 12:01 p.m. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, left, tours continued construction at the Hudson High School with Superintendent Nick Ouellette on Tuesday, May 1. The new space will provide new features for learning and security. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2 School safety was a highlight as U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy toured the construction work at Hudson High School, one of several stops he made Tuesday in Hudson and River Falls to view the communities' recent projects. The new high school in Hudson will have a variety of different safety measures in its design, Superintendent...
Retail Merchandising Workshop Proven Display Tactics & Visual Merchandising Techniques

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Proven Display Tactics & Visual Merchandising Techniques Ellsworth, Wisconsin, April 19, 2018 Presenters: Lyn Falk, Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer Associate Member, International Interior Design Association National Main Street Consultant Strategic Partner - Redevelopment Resources President, Retailworks, Inc lfalk@retailworksinc.com, 414.840.1244 Kim White Display Director Display Artist Interior Designer Color Specialist kwhite@retailworksinc.com, 262.853.8708  Your Brand! Aka: Signature Look Image, Identity Store Personality Uniqueness Factor YOUR story Your brand represents everything about your business. It's a customer’s emotional and cognitive interpretation of what he/she sees and experiences while in your business. It begins with your store's name and identification system, is reinforced through your business's website and social media outlets, and is communicated through...
Fresh ideas for area business owners offered through workshop

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is bringing an exciting workshop to Ellsworth for the benefit of all storefront small businesses in the region. "Attractive Storefronts and Interior Spaces" will be presented by Lyn Falk of RetailWorks, Inc., an award-winning branding, design and display firm headquartered in Milwaukee. Falk's expertise in retail design, business, science, consumer behavior and environmental psychology help her build healthy, purposeful and productive spaces that move hearts, minds and merchandise. "As much as we might not want to admit it, first impressions are everything," said Kim Beebe, Ellsworth Chamber executive...
New business looks to spark creativity in Ellsworth

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

For the artistic and creative or those who wish they were more so, a new business in Ellsworth may help people get in touch with their creative side. Kayleen Jakes, owner of Brush Strokes Paint Party, opened a related business in Ellsworth called Brush Strokes Art Supply in March. She held a grand opening celebration Thursday, April 5. Some in the area may be familiar with Jakes' painting party business. She said she started that business about four years ago. After listening to her customers, she decided to branch out into an art supply store. "Mainly I get feedback from customers at painting...
CCFBank announces new location to open in Ellsworth

Friday, April 06, 2018

EAU CLAIRE — CCFBank announces the addition of a new location at 218 N. Broadway in Ellsworth. Pending regulatory approval, the new location will be open for business in May. "The CCFBank team is really excited to join the business community in Ellsworth," East Region President Tyler Tomesh said. "Having grown up in, and being based in northwest Wisconsin, it's very rewarding for me to see CCFBank help serve and support similar sized communities within this region." CCFBank currently has 21 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. "We are putting together a great team of bankers to serve the Ellsworth community. With...
A Conversation with Joe: Impacting Your Profits Through Effective Use of Your Accounting Software

Friday, March 30, 2018

How have you defined the role of your bookkeeping and accounting system in your small business or farming operation? Have you elevated it to be an integral part of your business management toolset or is it just a means to cover those payroll and tax duties? Do you generate periodic financial statements from your accounting system on a regular basis and not just when you need them for your banker? Effective use of the information gathered by your accounting system can improve your bottom line. Start with regular preparation of your financial statements consisting as a minimum of your balance sheet,...
Downtown Prescott adds new restaurant in Lucille's

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Prescott residents and visitors will soon have another food option in town, but that comes with a transition. One door closes, another one opens, as the saying goes. Kimberly Braun plans to open Lucille's where the Brickyard Pub and Eatery is currently located at 216 Broad St. The Brickyard served its last meal Saturday, March 10. Braun said she plans to open Lucille's by April 3. The name Lucille is one that is very close to Braun's heart. "Lucille is my maternal grandmother's name," Braun said. "She worked in the kitchen and my grandfather was a chef. She passed when I was a...
Impacting your profits through effective use of your accounting software.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How have you defined the role of your bookkeeping and accounting system in your small business or farming operation? Have you elevated it to be an integral part of your business management toolset or is it just a means to cover those payroll and tax duties? Do you generate periodic financial statements from your accounting system on a regular basis and not just when you need them for your banker? Effective use of the information gathered by your accounting system can improve your bottom line. Start with regular preparation of your financial statements consisting as a minimum of your balance sheet, statement...
Plum City helps students advance early on

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Providing the next generation of students with a solid educational foundation is what the Plum City Head Start Program is trying to do for students. The Plum City Head Start program started in the 2017-18 school year and Plum City 4K-12th grade principal Mike Kennedy said Plum City's Head Start program is unique. While in most schools, Kennedy said the Head Start Program is a separate class for children who qualify, Plum City has integrated the program into its 4-year-old kindergarten classes. Students that qualify for the Head Start Program go to Head Start two days per week and 4K the...
What do you want for the elementary building's future?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Valley Elementary School is showing its age, said District Superintendent Dr. Donald Haack. At a Feb. 5 special meeting, the school board went over the schedule for its planning process and reviewed some of its options for the elementary school. Haack said it's important to the board to find out what the community wants. "We want to get all the feedback we can, find out what people want," Haack said. "And hopefully, we can give people what they want." So far, Haack said, the board has had some very preliminary looks at the school; an architect assessed the facility last summer. The board...
Farm Center: We're here for WI farmers

Monday, March 26, 2018

Falling prices, rising input costs and a never-ending stream of dreary commodity outlook reports only add to the stress of being a farmer nowadays. USDA's Economic Research Service on farm household income indicates that for the past 21 years, more than half of farm households are losing money from farming. So, what's a farm family to do? The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wants farmers to know that Farm Center staff are available to help them navigate the ups and downs of agriculture. "We know that stress is high right now for dairy, livestock and crop farmers alike," said...
Walker addresses the Wisconsin Economic Development Association Governor’s Conference

Friday, March 23, 2018

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker attended the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) Governor’s Conference on Feb. 1 to discuss rural economic development, workforce development, and job creation. “We must continue to develop our workforce to meet the needs of the modern economy especially since we have more people working than ever before with record low unemployment,” said Governor Walker. “As part of our Ambitious Agenda for 2018, we are proposing investments in our rural communities through our Rural Economic Development Fund and in workforce development through our Career Creator Program. We are focused on developing our workforce in order to continue...
3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 Is A Great Year To Start A Startup In The Midwest

Thursday, March 22, 2018

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018. Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to getting fit this year. Sounds like fun! But maybe 2018 is also the year that you should start the small business you’ve always been dreaming of. Whether you know exactly what kind of business you want to open, or if you just long to be your own boss someday, you should know that 2018 is a particularly good year for starting a business. Why is that? There are a lot of economic reasons that starting a business in 2018 will give...
Opportunity Zones Listed for the Region

Thursday, March 22, 2018

  Thanks to Bill Rubin and others for pointing out this opportunity and for Amy Peterson and Joe Folsom for nominating River Falls. The RF census tract nominated/recommended is west of Main Street from Division to Cemetery. The Governor included one of the three nominated in his recommendations.  From the Leader-Telegram: Nine of 120 Economic Opportunity Zones Gov. Scott Walker wants to create in Wisconsin are in west-central Wisconsin, including three in the city of Eau Claire. The zones are a designation allowed under the new federal tax law designed to spur development in low-income areas by creating a tax incentive for investment by businesses...
UW-Madison To Offer Free Tuition For Families Making $56K Or Less A Year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Bucky's Tuition Promise' Expected To Cover 800 Incoming Freshman Annually The University of Wisconsin-Madison has unveiled a plan to offer free tuition to students whose families make $56,000 or less a year. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Thursday her goal is to ensure anyone who is admitted to the state’s flagship university can afford to be a Badger. "Bucky’s Tuition Promise" is a UW-Madison pledge to cover four years of tuition and segregated fees for new, incoming freshman who come from households in Wisconsin with an annual adjusted gross income that is at or below the state’s median family income of $56,000. Transfer...
Wisconsin exports up 6% in 2017

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

State sets new record in exports to Mexico and China as shipments of industrial machinery, electrical machinery, vehicles, and plastics are up worldwide MADISON, WI. – Wisconsin businesses exported $22.3 billion in goods and services to 202 countries in 2017, a 6.1 percent increase over 2016. Wisconsin’s export growth in 2017 was generated by significant increases in shipments to Canada, Mexico, and China, the state’s three largest export destinations. Exports to Canada grew by 4.3 percent to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical machinery. Exports to Mexico were up 4.8 percent to a record $3.2 billion,...
Hub 70 Design & Print is Promoting River Falls, One Business at a Time

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hub 70 Design & Print was born rather organically. When you find something you love, it flows and suddenly an idea can become a business. For Nancy Williams, owner of Hub 70, she found that she had a passion for designing and printing marketing materials. As the former owner of a gift shop, she spend much of her time designing her own promotional materials and then helping other businesses with their design needs as well. As she continued to focus on this as a hobby, she realized that what she loved could actually be a viable business opportunity. She was...
Ideadvance Seed Fund pursues past and present UW System colleagues

Friday, March 16, 2018

MADISON, Wis. – Innovators with current or past ties to the UW System are invited to apply to the Ideadvance Seed Fund with business ideas that could contribute to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy.” The Ideadvance program provides business funding and mentoring toward a scalable, profitable business model. Grant dollars are earned by teams after they demonstrate key learnings toward their commercialization goals. Past awards have gone to a range of ideas, including an app that incorporates physical activity into schoolwork and a small, simple tool that could save a firefighter’s life. The deadline to apply is April 27. Diverse teams from all parts of Wisconsin are invited to...
A Conversation with Joe: Microloans for Small Businesses

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Obtaining the necessary financing can often be a challenge for a small business or entrepreneur, particularly one that is a startup.  The reasons can be many and include such factors as credit quality of the owners, the risk inherent with the nature and type of business, management experience of the owners, or even the size of the request.  Need $10,000 to $50,000 of capital to finance your business venture and unable to obtain your needed credit from traditional lenders such as banks and credit unions? A microloan from Impact Seven or WWBIC may be a source of financing.  Impact Seven and...
WEDC business attraction director received Young Professional Award from Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Coleman Peiffer played key role in attracting Foxconn, HARIBO to Wisconsin MADISON, WI. – Coleman Peiffer, business and investment attraction director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has received the 2018 Young Professional Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). WEDA’s award programs, which were established in 1985, recognize the recipient’s exceptional contributions to the economic vitality of Wisconsin. Recipients are selected based on creativity, leadership and positive results toward economic development goals and objectives within Wisconsin. Peiffer, who has been with WEDC since June 2016, was selected in part because of his role in attracting the Foxconn Technology Group and HARIBO...
New Lumberyard to Open in Ellsworth

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blake Brenner will be opening Brenner Lumber the week of March 12. He is excited to serve the community with a lumberyard since the town has been without a lumberyard for awhile.  Pictured (left to right) Kinsley Brenner, Blake Brenner, Rachael Brenner, and Adeline Brenner.  A local Ellsworth man looks to serve the community with his new business. Blake Brenner of Ellsworth said he plans to open Brenner Lumber the week of March 12, located just outside of Ellsworth (W6345 Highway 10) where his dad, Barry Brenner, had Brenner Builders. Brenner gained experience in construction as he worked at the family business building custom...
Wisconsin, Facing a Worker Shortage, Pitches Its Benefits

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beer. Cheese. The Packers. That’s what many people think of when they hear “Wisconsin.” But the state wants to add a new word to the list: jobs. The Badger State has an abundance of job openings, but not enough workers to fill them. Now, elected officials and businesses are hoping to woo residents from nearby states by pitching a low cost of living, short commute times and what they say is a high quality of life. “It’s great to have more people working in Wisconsin than ever before, but it creates a challenge,” said Tricia Braun, chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Economic...
Farmers Market Promotion Program

Monday, March 12, 2018

Farmers Market Promotion Program The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. All applicants under FMPP must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa,...
Industrial Hemp License Applications Now Open

Friday, March 02, 2018

Media Contacts:Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130, donna.gilson@wi.gov Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, William2.Cosh@wi.gov    MADISON – Industrial hemp licensing applications are now available for Wisconsin’s research pilot program, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will begin accepting applications immediately. The deadline to apply for the 2018 growing season is May 1. People who want to grow or process industrial hemp in Wisconsin will need to apply for a license, and at the same time, register their intentions to grow or process hemp in the state this year. They can do both online, or download printable forms, at datcp.wi.gov. “We know that many Wisconsin...
A Conversation with Joe: Developing a successful financing request for your small business

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Preparation and homework are keys to presenting a financing request to your lender for your small business regardless if you have been in business for some time or just launching your dream venture. Current financial statements and a sound business plan form the foundation along with a good credit score and positive cash flow. Utilize the free resources available to you on the SCORE (www.score.org) and Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov ) websites.  The online business planning tool (www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1 ) on the SBA website is great if you have never done a business plan.  The SCORE Financial Projections template (www.score.org/resource/financial-projections-template ) is...
A Career of Your Dreams

Monday, February 26, 2018

What do you really want out of life, out of your job, out of your career? An education is the key to opening the doors to these dreams and to a future with more opportunities. Chippewa Valley Technical College has been giving students the skills they need for a brighter future but they don’t stop at graduation. With comprehensive career services, they help graduates to find quality employment throughout the region. As a business, you can benefit by hiring highly-skilled Chippewa Valley Technical College graduates and receiving recruiting assistants. With staff on-site to help and a robust alumni network, this is...
Annual PCEDC Meeting and Dinner held at UWRF (Part I)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Organization confers Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year awards By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Heather Hines, Pierce County Economic Development Corporation At the 2018 PC EDC Banquet (L to R) are Heather Hines, Ann Schwebach, Don Jackelen and former PC EDC Executive Director Paul Schwebach. Photo by Paul J. Seeling-Gateway News RIVER FALLS, WI – The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PC EDC) held their Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the University Center Riverview Ballroom on the beautiful University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF) campus. There was a hospitality social hour for members...
Annual PCEDC Meeting and Dinner held at UWRF (Part II)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

  Organization confers Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year awards Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:01 AM  The Ag Champion of the Year Award is presented to the CAFES at UWRF. Accepting the award from Joe Folsom (far right) are (R) Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and (L) Gary Onan, Chair of the Animal and Food Science Department. Photo by Paul J. Seeling The Ag Champion of the Year Award is presented to the CAFES at UWRF. Accepting the award from Joe Folsom (far right) are (R) Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of...
Ross & Associates, Ltd. recognized with statewide construction award

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  For immediate release: February 20, 2018 For more information, contact: Kasey Roatch Ross & Associates, Ltd. recognized with statewide construction award MADISON, WI – Ross & Associates, Ltd. was recognized as completing some of the most impressive and unique construction work in 2017. Ross & Associates, Ltd. received a Gold Projects of Distinction Award by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for the Cimarron Bend Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance Building in Minneola, Kansas.  Cimarron Bend Operations and Maintenance Building is a design/build project for the operations and maintenance of more than 300 wind turbines on 40,000 acres operating 1.1 GW.  The building...
SBA Loans

Monday, February 19, 2018

Receiving an SBA loan is easier than you may think. These business loans are issued by a local bank but they are partially guaranteed by the government. This makes them easier to receive than a traditional bank loan. There are several types of SBA loan programs and you can click here to determine which one may be right for you. Next, you need to prepare for your meeting with the bank by gathering your business and personal income information, data on any collateral, cash flow projections, and a plan for how you will use the funds. The banker will review this...
Pierce County EDC attends Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dan Lytle CVTC, Joe Folsom PCEDC, Brian Elwood Xcel Energy Pierce County EDC attends Legislative Day in Madison! The economic development corporations (EDCs) and chambers of commerce from St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties traveled to Madison on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to promote legislative priorities for the Greater St. Croix Valley. Attendees from business, industry, local government, and private citizens were invited to participate. The annual event is free to anyone willing to travel to and from Madison for meetings with legislators, aides, committee chairs, cabinet secretaries, and policy advisors.
Free Business Consulting

Monday, February 12, 2018

Faster, sustained business growth is possible with the help of experienced business consultants. Unfortunately, paying for them can be expensive, but not if you participate in Wisconsin’s’ SBDC Network. Here, you can receive one-on-one business coaching that can help you to take your great ideas and turn them into a successful company. By leveraging the power of local universities, the SBDC Network brings experience to the table for local entrepreneurs needing to learn how to start, manage, and grow a business. Plus, you receive access to money and opportunities. Businesses working with the SBDC in 2014 received $47 million in loans...
Local businesses recognized by PCEDC

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) held its annual meeting Jan. 30, 2018, to recognize local businesses for their contributions to Pierce County. PCEDC Board of Directors President Michael Fronmueller welcomed everyone to the event, held at the University Center at UW-River Falls. PCEDC Executive Director Joe Folsom spoke to attendees about his return to the area and being ready to help Pierce County. He wants to have open communication with the public and be able to collaborate on ideas for the betterment of the county and its entrepreneurs. Click here for the complete article and video of the event.
Watch for Construction!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Keep an eye on the roads this year as you drive around Wisconsin. This is a year for infrastructure projects which means that you are bound to see road work and highway projects underway. That’s a good thing because it will mean better access, less traffic, and infrastructure that will support Wisconsin’s growth. These investments in infrastructure also create jobs throughout the state – something we support at Pierce County Economic Development Corporation. To find out what road projects are happening or slated for the near future, visit the Pierce County Highway Department. You can stay up to date or contact the...
Apply Now for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MADISON – Farmers, groups and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for grants now available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program. Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $9.4 million in new local food sales. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions. “Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a...
Emergency Plans

Monday, January 29, 2018

Does your business have an emergency plan in place? What would you do in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack? Would you continue operating and if so, how? Small businesses are critical to our economy and staying operational will help the community to rebound faster. If you create an emergency operations plan today, your business can become a valuable community asset after a disaster or attack. Your plan should include how to communicate with employees and customers, where you will operate from, backup transportation solutions, and more. For tips on how to create a comprehensive emergency plan, click here.  
Questions Answered

Monday, January 22, 2018

Incredible opportunities often give rise to a lot of questions. Selling to a new client, expanding your operations or growing into your own location are all incredibly exciting. To make sure that you are growing in a way that is sustainable and low-stress, get help and support from the SBDC Business Assistance program. Experienced business consultants are here and ready to assist you at no charge. You can go over your plans, discuss new opportunities and ask questions about how to grow your business. Since there is no cost to you, it is easy to take advantage of resources like various...
Grant helps market foodie event in Ellsworth

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

By Sara Tischauser on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Matthew Beranek of River Falls flips jalapeno poppers during the 2017 Cheese Curd Festival in East End Park. His booth called Smokey Treats BBQ was one of the many food options at the event.  As plans for the 2018 Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival are already underway, the promotion of the event will once again have funding from the Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Kim Beebe, member of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce administrative team, said this is the second year they have received funds to help promote...
‘A Butchery Shoppe’ now open in Spring Valley

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

SPRING VALLEY, WI – “We had a fabulous Opening day,” said co-owner Fadra Greene about the newest business venture in downtown Spring Valley, Wisconsin. After welcoming the press, family, friends, Village dignitaries and some curious passers-by to a soft weekend opening Open House on Sunday, December 17.  The “A Butchery Shoppe” is now officially open for business in the community with a fantastic first day opening reception from everyone who has come to the new butcher shop and more on Monday, December 18, 2017. Master butcher Kevin Olson and his partners Fadra Greene, Dale Volkert and Robert Kramer opened their new venture...
Glauses reopen Bittersweet Bakery and More

Friday, December 29, 2017

By Sara Tischauser on Dec 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Gwen Glaus, owner of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC, said her homemade caramel rolls are one of the staples she has every day for customers to enjoy. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3 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...
Sailer's in Elmwood awarded grand champion status for meat products

Monday, July 16, 2018

MADISON — The governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction is back at the Wisconsin State Fair celebrating its 27th year on Aug. 7 in the Case IH Colisum. Stars of the evening will include the grand champion, first reserve champion and second reserve champion meat products from all categories of the 2018 Meat Products Contest, as well as the 2018 Best in Show product. Best of Show is selected from entries across the state that were judged and is announced at the auction. This year, Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing in Elmwood was awarded grand champion in two categories — dried...
State representatives celebrate local impact of cheese industry

Monday, July 02, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker and other state representatives traveled throughout Wisconsin to 13 different cheese companies and facilities to celebrate Wisconsin Cheese Day on June 25. In conjunction with National Dairy Month, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf visited the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery to speak at the event and present CEO Paul Bauer with a certificate of appreciation from Walker. Representatives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Dairy Business Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau also spoke briefly before a crowd of people outside the front doors of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. The group was then given the...
Pierce County Dairy Breakfast: A 'dairy' good time

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rain didn't deter crowds from turning out for the annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast Saturday, June 16 at the Colbenson Family Farm near Spring Valley / Elmwood. Original story here.   
9th annual pierce county dairy breakfast

Sunday, June 17, 2018

EL PASO - Despite stormy weather Saturday morning that damaged a tent and constant rain throughout the day, sizeable crowds still attended the ninth annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast held at the Ti-Shi Dairy Farm near El Paso on 290th Ave. in eastern Pierce County. The Ti-Shi Dairy is owned by the Colbenson Family and milks 240 cows and grows crops on 350 acres of land. The farm is been in their operation since 1993. The dairy breakfast is one of many held throughout the state of Wisconsin during June Dairy Month. Besides the breakfast of Belgian Waffles, sausage and cheese curds...
Pierce County family looks forward to sharing their farm

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spending a day out on the farm and learning about farm life while enjoying a great breakfast is exactly what everyone is invited to do at the ninth annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast at Ti-Shi Dairy, Inc./Colbenson Family Farm on Saturday, June 16. Tim Colbenson said he and his wife Shirley bought the farm in 1993 and moved with their children to Pierce County. Previously, they farmed on a rented place in southeast Minnesota. "It was a farm that was not being milked at that time," Tim said about their current farm. "It was an opportunity. The farm brought us here." While Tim...
Small Business Development Center receives statewide honor

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Submitted by UW-River Falls The UW-River Falls Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received statewide recognition as the Center of the Year at the Wisconsin SBDC Network Conference in Milwaukee May 3. In 2017, the SBDC assisted in 19 local business starts containing $3 million in capital infusion. Presently, the center assists 46 clients on a long-term basis, has provided support to 122 local clients and has graduated 20 local entrepreneurs from its 10-week Entrepreneurial Training Program. "It is an honor to be selected as the SBDC Center of the Year in the state of Wisconsin," said SBDC Director Danielle Campeau. "Our office has...
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Glen Park

Located in River Falls, Glen Park is home to trails connecting to the White Pathway to the north, River Hills Park to the south and the Kinnickinnic River; a public swimming pool; many large trees; grass and several types of recreational activities.