Pierce County, WI News

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 Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and (L) Gary Onan, Chair of the Animal and Food Science Department. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Heather Hines, PC EDC

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.

Following the delicious buffet meal catered by UWRF, Michael Fronmueller, PC EDC Vice President and Dean of the College of Business and Economics, UWRF welcomed everyone to the event and gave an insightful synopsis of all things PC EDC.

Next Dean Fronmueller began the exciting process of naming and making the presentation of the 2017 Small and Large Business of the Year Awards.

First the award to the 2017 PC EDC Small Business of the Year was made to the South Fork Café of River Falls. Accepting the award was South Fork Café owners Chris and Dawn Berendes who thanked the EDC and commented how it was having a great community and their 16 incredible employees who made it all possible. (See Part II of this article next week for the description of the award-winning South Fork Café of River Falls, Wisconsin.)

Here is a profile of the 2017 PC EDC Small Business of the Year: The South Fork Café is located in an historic downtown building in River Falls. Owners Chris and Dawn Berendes, along with their 16-friendly and hardworking employees, have been serving the River Falls community and surrounding area since 1987. They are proud to offer homemade meals, an excellent breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sunday’s, made from scratch soups, a wide variety of homemade pies, excellent desserts, homemade waffle cones filled with Bridgeman’s ice cream, and a complete catering service. Their restaurant was featured in 2017 by Travel Wisconsin.com as one of the 7 Stops for Best Breakfast in the State. This recognition helps draw additional visitors to Pierce County.

Dawn and Chris played an active role in the building of the Tri-Angels Playground in River Falls. Over the years, they have been involved with various Veterans Support efforts, Cruisin’ For A Cause Bike Run and Bowls of Hope. Each year they are very proud to support many local and area organizations such as the American Legions Lifeline, FFA Alumni Tractor Pull, various UWRF functions to include Football, Hockey and Rodeo, Relay for Life, Rhino’s Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and many others.

All of this would not be possible without the support of the River Falls and surrounding communities. Everyone at South Fork would like to say thank you for your patronage.

Next up was the award of the PC EDC 2017 Large Business of the Year made by Dean Fronmueller to Cernohous Chevrolet of Prescot, Wisconsin. Accepting the award was Ron and Rick Murphy, two of the founder Raymond Cernohous’s grandsons who are third generation family members that run this award-winning Chevrolet dealership.

Ron Murphy and his brother Rick thanked the EDC for the award and their 48 dedicated employees who have helped build the company’s success in Pierce County. They also thanked their loyal customers for their continued support of this family owned business.

Here is a brief description of Cernohous Chevrolet the PC EDC 2017 Large Business of the Year: Cernohous Chevrolet has been serving the Pierce County and surrounding area’s automotive needs since 1932.  Founded by Raymond Cernohous, the dealership was originally located downtown on Broad Street in Prescott and moved to the current location, 1377 Orrin Road in 1976. Just off Highway 10. 

Today, Cernohous Chevrolet is a full service automotive dealership selling and servicing all the great new products from Chevrolet.

Cernohous Chevrolet also offers a full Service, Parts, Accessories and Body shop.  Cernohous Chevrolet is truly a one-stop shop for anything automotive.

Cernohous Chevrolet is a local Family owned and operated business.  The 48 employees serve the customers with one goal in mind, exceeding the customer’s expectations and offering a fair price for everyone’s automotive needs.      

Dean Michael Fronmueller, PC EDC Vice President then recused himself from the next award and asked the new PC EDC Director Joe Folsom to make the Ag Champion of the Year Award.

That award was presented to The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for their extensive contribution to all things agriculture not just in Pierce County, but in the region, state, nation and internationally. Accepting the Ag Champion of the Year Award was Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Gary Onan, Chair of the Animal and Food Science Department. Both thanked the EDC and spoke briefly about the extensive programs and wonderful students that make the CAFES such a success and is home to the largest major on campus in terms of enrollment – Animal Science. 

The 2017 PC EDC Ag Champion of the Year is described here: The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls enrolls approximately 1500 undergraduate students across 14 different majors.  The College is home to the largest major on campus in terms of enrollment – Animal Science.  In addition to the many specialized facilities we manage on campus, such as the greenhouse and food processing plants, we oversee two Laboratory Farms.  The Campus Farm, which is primarily dedicated to the equine program, and the Mann Valley Farm for production agriculture.

We have very active and engaged students within the College.  Many participate on one of the 16 intercollegiate competitive teams, or judging teams, we sponsor, or join one of the 21 student organizations in the College.  Our students compete well. The Dairy Judging Team took 2nd place in the nation this past fall at the North American International Livestock Exhibition (NAILE) in Louisville.  Three Crops and Soils students had individual first place finishes at the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences conference in Florida, in the manuscript, poster research symposium and speech competitions.

CAFES also has strong backing from industry and alumni. In support of the renovation of our Dairy Pilot Plant we have received $1.7 million in cash and pledges and $500,000 of in-kind equipment to date from industry supporters. One of those supporters is Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. We anticipate renovation will start late this spring.  The geology program was the recipient of a recent $100,000 donation from an alumnus who wanted to support their efforts in student recruitment, student professional development and the need for new equipment.

We continue to look for new opportunities and more meaningful experiences for our students. Over the past few years faculty have developed study abroad experiences with a focus on agriculture and agriculture-related areas, including trips to India, Ireland and Argentina.  CAFES newest international initiative is the development of a joint International Food Business degree with AERES University in the Netherlands. Students enrolled in this program at each campus will spend a year at the partner institution.

After the awards were presented there was a conversation with Joe Folsom, the new Executive Director of the PC EDC who was the Keynote Speaker for the event. Folsom introduced himself and gave his background history leading up to his becoming the new Executive Director of the PC EDC. Next week in the Sun-Argus in Part III and the conclusion of this series, we will meet Joe Folsom, Executive Director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation in his Open Conversation at the Annual PC EDC Meeting and Dinner.

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