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Blacksmith, historian, educator retires after 3-plus decades

Dan Butt is retiring as special education teacher for the Ellsworth School District. Butt has been in Ellsworth for 26 years, the last five at the middle school, and his career in education totals 33-1/2 years. -- Photo by Bill Kirk

Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands...

If the subject of that famous line from literature happened to be Dan Butt, the growth shading him would likely be the tree of knowledge. Butt has focused on knowledge during a career that's included being an historical interpreter, an athletic coach and, primarily, a classroom educator. He'll retire from the special education position he's held at Ellsworth Middle School at the end of this term.

"I've enjoyed it here," he said about his five years at EMS. "The teachers demonstrate a lot of team work, they're enthusiastic and supportive...the kids are, too."

Figuring up the number of total years he's had in teaching, Butt added 26 in the Ellsworth district to seven elsewhere. The Wisconsinite didn't arrive in this part of the state until 1987. A brother-in-law who was a minister in Boyceville had sent him job listings from UW-River Falls.

For more please read the May 8 print version of the Herald.