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Health department still works to clean up ex-school building

The old Ellsworth Junior/Senior High Building is the current location for Mid-States Closeouts.

Although the investigation into conditions at the former Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School building was completed earlier, the Pierce County Public Health Department is still working to make sure the building is cleaned up and brought up to health codes.

"Right now, there is a transition of ownership with the property and we're continuing to work to make sure the building is cleaned up," Sue Galoff, health department director, said.

In February, the department ordered the building closed after U.S. Marshals and inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration seized over 1,500 cases of food products reported to have been surrounded by rodent nests and droppings, along with having been gnawed by rodents.

These foodstuffs were ordered destroyed by U.S. Federal Judge William Conley in an order issued in May.

Before then, the previous owner, Mark Reisdorf, who was storing some of the food products as part of the business, Mid-States Closeouts, decided to vacate the property after being found in code violation by the Village of Ellsworth in April.

Currently, the building is going back to its former owner, Larry Ames, who had bought it from the Ellsworth School District in 2005.