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June 13, 2018 -  US News & World Report Ranks Florence County High School as one of the Best in Nation - Florence County High School was awarded a bronze medal for being ranked within the top 30% of all public high schools in the U.S. "Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. The top 500 schools in the nation are recognized with gold medals and the subsequent 2,211 high schools received a silver. There were 3,237 high schools that were awarded bronze medals.
June 8, 2018 -  Sign up now for July 14th Badwater Bass Tourney - Calling all WI and MI bass fishermen! Register now for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 14th on the Twin Falls Flowage in Florence, WI.
May 25, 2018 -  Come see full flow at Breakwater Falls and exposed rapids on Pine River Flowage - From June 1st through the fall of this year, the Pine River (Florence, WI) will offer a rare opportunity for Wisconsin whitewater. During the dam maintenance drawdown, no water will be diverted around Breakwater Falls and gorge-rapids below the Pine Dam. The 12-foot lowering of water level, (started 5/21) will also expose additional rapids and both twin falls just upriver from the Pine River Flowage.

In the 2.4 miles of the river from LaSalle Falls through Breakwater Gorge, the Pine River drops a Midwestern-impressive 146 feet (gradient of 61 fpm), over 6 waterfalls and 5 rapids. Average summer flow (June thru October) for this section of the Pine is 342cfs. During normal hydroelectric operation all water but 27cfs is diverted around Breakwater Falls and Gorge. During this year’s drawdown there will be no diversion for electrical generation. The drops at LaSalle and Breakwater will have the same flow rates. Having both these spectacular falls runnable at the same time with the same flow has not been available since the last drawdown in 1993.
May 15, 2018 -  Pine Reservoir Drawdown to begin 5/21/18 - We Energies will begin lowering the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence, Wisconsin, beginning as early as May 21. The reservoir will be lowered approximately 12 feet from the normal elevation – approximately 1 foot per day. We Energies’ public campground at recreation site No. 34 will be closed during maintenance activities for public safety.

During the drawdown, motor vehicles and ATVs are not allowed on the exposed reservoir bed, metal detecting is not allowed and removal of driftwood is strictly prohibited. While recreation site No. 24 will remain open for camping, launching trailered boats is prohibited.
May 8, 2018 -  Florence County ATV Trails Opening - Florence County ATV trails will open on May 10th 2018 at 12:01 AM. Please use extreme caution, as there may still be spots that have ice and/or snow cover. Please ride with caution and keep an eye out for groomers as they will most likely be sharing the trail in an effort to smooth things out after the past winter season. Let’s make this a safe season. Support your local ATV Club the Blue Ox Trail Riders and the hard work they do to maintain the Florence County ATV trail system. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 x1704.
May 2, 2018 -  Florence County Opening Day Fishing Update - About a week ago I would have told you to get your tip ups dusted off for opening day of the game fish season in Florence County, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Winter turned right into summer this week and lake ice is rapidly deteriorating. While some local waters may hold ice through the weekend I am suspecting that the majority of the Florence County waters will indeed be open for business by Saturday.
May 1, 2018 -  Sign up for Florence Area Rummage and Sidewalk Sale - The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual community wide rummage/sidewalk sale for the Town of Florence and Spread Eagle area. The event is Saturday, June 2nd, from 9am-2pm, rain or shine.
Apr. 19, 2018 -  Florence County Project Selected for Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Honors - EDGERTON – Three community development projects received a 2018 Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative award. The award was presented by Wisconsin Rural Partners at the Wisconsin Rural Summit held April 18-19, 2018 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in West Baraboo. The projects receiving the awards are:

•Florence County Broadband Expansion Project
•Advance Shullsburg
•Southwest Partners

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