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A Pierce County man recently received the unexpected news that a living kidney donor had been found for him and it was someone close by. Prescott native Rob Mooney, who lives outside of Spring Valley and has lived in River Falls, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014; it progressed to stage 4 renal failure in 2017. He was placed on two different transplant lists in September 2017, one for just a kidney and one for a kidney and pancreas. But he knew the immediate need was for a kidney.
Feb. 14 may be known to many as the day of love because of Valentine's Day, but to some this day represents the love given for those that donate an organ, eye or tissue. Besides Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor's Day. Organ donor recipients from all over the United States have been given a second chance at life when they receive a life saving organ.
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway offers travelers a tour along the Mississippi River all the way from Minnesota south to Louisiana. Dennis Donath, Pierce County commissioner on the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission, said in Wisconsin the Great River Road stretches 250 miles along Highway 35. Besides Wisconsin, the Great River Road goes through nine other states including Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Prepare to laugh and have a good time as the Great River Road Theatre of Prescott performs "Lie Cheat and Genuflect." Play director Judy Johnson said the audience will be laughing throughout the entire play, which was written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane. She and cast members added some of their own ideas to keep the audience laughing. "It just has some real funny things about it," Johnson said.
The Hastings community has come together for the last 12 years to participate in Hastings Reads, which is the community's One Book Program. This year's theme, per Kari Jaeger, Hastings Reads coordinator and Hastings High School English teacher, is "Refugee Voices." She said "most often there's a book we are intrigued by" and once the selection committee members find a book they pick a theme based on that book.
During the holiday season many reflect on what they have to be thankful for. In the wake of tragedy, one Prescott woman and her children are finding their own reasons to be thankful. Gabrielle Hruska of Prescott is still in shock that her Monroe Street house in Prescott may be a total loss after a fire destroyed much of it Saturday, Dec. 2. Hruska said thankfully she and her two children, Sam (age 10) and Grace (age 19), were not home at the time of the fire, but sadly they lost their dog and cat in the fire.