Pierce County, WI News


Not Giving Up on Making Vino in the Valley

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As the sun sets on the valley, lights turn on over diners and at the hands of guests at the bar, a fire heats the cooler night air, horses take off on a wagon ride, live music floats through the air; pizza, pasta, and of course, wine, makes its way to tables on the patio, and guests laugh and chat while gazing out at the vineyard and canopy of trees that surround them. Enjoying the full experience, from the food and drinks to the valley view, is what it's all about at Vino in the Valley. But one thing is missing —...
Wisconsin roundup: Walker proposes tax credit for Wis. college graduates; more state news stories

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a new tax credit for college graduates as he campaigns for re-election. Walker's so-called “new graduate tax credit” of up to $1,000 per year for up to five years is aimed at keeping college graduates living and working in Wisconsin. This proposal is in addition to Walker's plan to freeze in-state tuition for another four years. The proposed tax credit is featured in a new campaign TV ad. Original story found here. 
Have You Been to Reuvers Nursery Yet? You Don’t Want to Miss this Local Gem.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bryan and Cindy Reuvers opened Reuvers Nursery in rural Pierce County and are now sharing their love of nature and all things beautiful with the greater community. Their garden store and landscaping business is a destination for people throughout the area and the Twin Cities who are looking for native plants, unique varieties, and personalized recommendations. Larger chain nurseries may carry similar plants but they do not offer the level of customer service and personal attention available at Reuvers. Here, customers can receive recommendations, instructions for how to plant and when, plus the setting is truly beautiful.  Their mission is...
Resources for Your Business Startup

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Wanting to start your dream business but struggling on how to go about putting it together.  You’re not alone.  Fortunately there is a wealth of resources, tools and assistance available which itself can be overwhelming. Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) has a checklist to guide you through the business development process.  It can be found on our website at www.pcedc.com and selecting Business Startup Checklist from the Business Toolbox drop down.  You will also find a link to the St. Paul SCORE Chapter recently released resource guide that simplifies the process of navigating and finding appropriate resources and tools to...
Planning for the Future of Your Business

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A large portion of the businesses I mentor and counsel are startups. Our focus is on how we get the business enterprise up and running.  The question of the exit strategy is lost in the process. That question, however, needs as much consideration as those focused on a successful launch of the business. How will the business operate if a key member passes on or exits the business in some manner? Have you been managing the business to optimize its value? Buyers will want to examine the financials.  They are most interested in the bottom line.  A strategy to minimize taxes...
Wisconsin Cheese Day Overview

Monday, June 25, 2018

On Monday, June 25, as part of National Dairy Month activities, Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, WEDC Secretary Hogan, DATCP Secretary Harsdorf, Tourism Secretary Klett, Revenue Secretary Chandler and more than 50 other dairy industry and government leaders will tour 13 Wisconsin cheese producers in every region of the state to celebrate the second annual Wisconsin Cheese Day. The goals of Wisconsin Cheese Day are: Highlight the importance of the cheese/dairy industry to the Wisconsin economy Celebrate the recent success of individual companies – focusing on those that have expanded their operations, added new product lines, achieved extraordinary success in exporting or otherwise...
A Global Business Makes Its Home in Maiden Rock

Friday, June 22, 2018

There are moments in time that change you forever - the birth of a child, an accomplishment, a traumatic event… these moments, these encounters leave an indelible mark that changes everything. For MaryAnne Wise, that moment came in 2006 when she visited Guatemala for the second time. She traveled to a village that had recently been decimated by a horrific mudslide - a mudslide that claimed the lives of 1,400 people. “Jody Slocum and I walked into something we couldn’t pretend that we hadn’t seen.” It turns out that Mary Anne and Jody are two women who, when moved by...

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 [email protected], 414.840.1244 Kim White Display Director Display Artist Interior Designer Color Specialist [email protected], 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,...
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...
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...
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...
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, [email protected] Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, [email protected]    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...
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...
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.
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.
Science and Technology Innovation Center project at UWRF gains UW System board approval

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted Thursday to include the new Science and Technology Innovation Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the approved 2019-21 biennial budget request. Regents included the request of $110.9 million in enumerated funding for the new building in the capital budget request that will be considered by state legislature and the governor. The Science and Technology Innovation Center will be designed to support modern science education at UW-River Falls and meet industry demands in STEM fields. In addition to increasing undergraduate research opportunities, the facility will play a vital role in supporting...
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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The UW-River Falls Horticulture Program

Students majoring in horticulture prepare for careers in landscaping, fruit, vegetable, turfgrass, interior plantscaping, golf course, woody ornamentals, greenhouse, and related industries.