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Youth ambassador plans presented to Ellsworth chamber

Tami Langer, left, of M&I Bank in Ellsworth was presented the bank's WINGS (Worthy Individuals Noted for Generous Service) award by bank staffer Kelly Parmeter, who nominated her for the honor, during the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday. Between 50 and 60 employees throughout the U.S. where the bank has locations were nominated and there are 10 award winners annually. A panel of judges selects the 10, with Langer among them this year. She received the recognition, including a $500 check fo...

Plans for the new Ellsworth Area Community Youth Ambassador Program were presented to local chamber of commerce members Thursday.

Linda Hines of the chamber said interest in the new offering, which replaces the Miss Ellsworth Program, is growing.

"I've been getting calls and e-mails," said Hines, who chairs the organizing group.

The youth ambassadors will be recruited from area high school juniors, she said. Two youths will be chosen annually, either two boys or two girls, or one boy and one girl. They will make an 11-month commitment, serving from February to December, and be expected to submit a project proposal.

"They won't be going to parades," she said, referring to a duty of the past royalty. The ambassadors will make most of their contributions here at home, she added.

Ellsworth School Superintendent Barry Cain has agreed to be the chamber's contact to the ambassadors, Hines said. The first pair will be selected around Christmas time and be announced at the chamber's annual membership dinner.

Read more in the print version of the Herald June 30.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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