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The Augusta One Act Play traveled to Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., to take part in the state level competition between troupes and returned home with a number of honors for their performance...
Girls attend Camp GLOW, a program organized to help educate young women, in Victoria Falls, Zimbambwe.
by Alexa Moore, Contributor All around me blankets sparkled with their offered wares; there were outfits made from colorful fabric, stocks of handmade peanut butter, deliciously sticky pumpkin jam...

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Nick Nelson was surprised by a large group consisting of family members, friends, power soccer teammates and Make-A-Wish reps for a party in his honor prior to a team practice session at Anthony Elementary on Saturday, Dec. 20.
  by Beth Kraft   Nick Nelson isn’t exactly what most would consider chatty, but the stoic Mondovi High School sophomore couldn’t help but crack a big smile while demonstrating his skills operating...
Adding on a new holiday giving effort this year, Lookout Legends 4-H youth and parents combined their talents to make 12 fleece tie blankets to donate to area residents in need. 4-Hers also went shopping for local kids in need and acted as Salvation Army bell ringers this holiday season.
  The Lookout Legends 4-H Club recently completed its annual slate of Christmas community service projects and added on a new effort this year. In keeping with Lookout Legends traditions, members...
Eleva-Strum bus driver Ramona Hanson retired earlier this month after spending over 40 years as a daily route driver for the district. The chance to interact with local youth each day as a positive force in their lives is a big part of what kept her in the driver’s seat all these years, Ramona says. She and her husband, Howard Hanson, who retired from the district in May, spent a combined total of 80+ years driving E-S students to and from school.
  by Beth Kraft   Driving school bus is in the Hanson family’s blood.  Both Howard and Ramona Hanson of Strum began driving bus routes for the Eleva-Strum School District beginning in the 1970s....
Mondovi’s Asher Realty agents Susan Loomis, left, and Lori Seipel, right, recently relocated their office to 675 E. Main St. from their former location on the city’s west side. Together, Loomis and Seipel hold 47 years of experience with local real estate listings.
  by Beth Kraft   Location, location, location—it’s a mantra often repeated to homebuyers and sellers and one that a local real estate office recently took to heart. Mondovi’s Asher Realty office...
All eyes turned skyward as a pair of duct tape rockets propelled by bike pump took flight, soaring about 20 feet in the air. Gilmanton Elementary students built and launched their own rockets as part of a STEM initiative earlier this fall.
  Third and fourth grade students at Gilmanton Elementary recently had a chance to participate in a hands-on math and science lesson administered by Buffalo County’s UW-Extension office. Taking...
Dan Linse, vineyard manager of Linse Vines, helped load containers of grapes onto a pallet for transport down to the farm. The grape-growing operation on the Linse family’s rural Mondovi farm sprung up in 2008.
  by Beth Kraft   The Linse family has farmed the German Valley area north of Modena for about 150 years, but growing grapes on its rolling hills is a new venture that has produced a fresh challenge...
The Nelson family received a special tour of the governor’s mansion in Madison from Gov. Scott Walker while Nick recorded a trip to his 50th state capitol in August.
  by Beth Kraft   At 15 years old, Nick Nelson has visited more U.S. states than most people do in an entire lifetime. Not only that, but the Mondovi High School student has stopped at all 50 state...
Representatives of the Eleva-Strum School District and community accepted a “Standing up for Rural Wisconsin” award from State Superintendent Tony Evers (center) last month. Accepting the award on behalf of E-S were, pictured, left to right, Marty Kempf, E-S elementary principal; Craig Semingson, E-S superintendent; Ann Kisor, community member; and Talitha Kempf, E-S elementary guidance counselor.
  by Beth Kraft   A little over a year ago, the Eleva-Strum School District kick-started a new program to reduce student hunger issues and address the needs of the elderly population in the area...

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