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Notes for the Week - 3/23

Collective Souls announced that they are closing. The last day they will be open is March 26th. Almost everything is marked down 40-50% off. Collective Souls is located at 305 Main Street and will be open Thursday and Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.


Our House Senior Living is looking for prom dresses and bridesmaids' dresses for the prom they hold for their residents. If you have any to donate you can drop them off. They are located at 820 17th Avenue E. Any questions call 232-8181.


From the Menomonie Market Food Coop: Double Dollars is a nutrition incentive initiative developed to help FoodShare Wisconsin users purchase more fresh produce. Every Tuesday, EBT users can earn a free $5 voucher when they spend at least $5 on fresh fruits or vegetables in a single purchase (limit two per user per Tuesday). Vouchers are available at both locations and are redeemable on any future purchase of more fresh produce. Any questions, ask one of the cashiers.


The Mabel Tainter carries a number of puzzles with different Mabel Tainter scenes. Stop by their gift shop to purchase one, or order online here.


Stepping Stones has a monthly newsletter. Check out the latest edition here.


The Cedar Falls Annual Thrift Sales are scheduled for May 11th-13th. Find more information on their Facebook page.


Special Olympics is looking for volunteers for the Region 3 Track & Field meet on Saturday, May 6th in Chippewa Falls. Find more information here.


Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs from pre-natal to pre-school. Issues include easy to use guides on how your child is developing, tips on raising a healthy, happy child, tools for solving common parenting problems, and strategies for coping with the challenges of raising children. Find more information and sign up here.



Let's Paint the Town is looking for vendors for this summer's event scheduled on July 22nd. If interested, fill out this form.


The Dunn County Jail is looking for a new volunteer jail garden supervisor to coordinate and supervise the jail garden. The garden produce goes to the Stepping Stones of Dunn County Food Pantry. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please reach out to Claudia at


I visited the Ellsworth Creamery in Menomonie for the first time. If you have not been there yet, I highly recommend a visit. You can watch them make the cheese. They have several windows where you can see into the factory and each one has information as to what is happening in that particular area. Don't miss the windows along the back hallway!

25 years ago...

  • The new Dunn County Judicial Center was in the process of being built.

  • The debate on whether or not the Indian nickname/logo should be kept was a very big issue with a recall vote for the school board and an advisory question on the ballot.

  • The Red Cedar Medical Center opened its new 75,000 square foot addition. Mayo bought the Red Cedar Clinic in 1995 and Myrtle Werth Hospital in 1996.

  • The SDMA school board was considering whether or not to cut the 5th grade instrumental music program.

  • Mayor Chuck Stokke retired and Dennis Kropp was elected the new mayor.

  • It was the first year for the girls soccer team at the high school.

Just a few that I recognize (with ties to the SDMA or current track team) - Steph Long, now Mrs. Drake, teaches at the middle school and coaches middle school track. Diane Slinden, now Mrs. Schofield, will be the new principal at Wakanda. Jenny Schultz, now Mrs. Cimino, until recently was a teacher and assistant cross country coach at the middle school and has a son on the cross country and track teams. Lindsey Steinmeyer, now Barnhart, has a daughter on the cross country and track teams. Lisa Traxler, now Mrs. Tavares, taught at the middle school and was an assistant cross country coach at the high school.

He's still there!

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