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Long-time Ellsworth school staff and retirees recognized

Employees with 15 years of service were recognized at the Ellsworth School District’s recognition dinner Tuesday. Among them were: Mary Edquist, Lynne Hamilton, Maureen Hopkins, Mary Matzek, Susan Murphy, Kathleen Thoner, and Annette Walz. Another was Julie Murphy, food service. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)1 / 2
Jerome Brickner, bus driver, was recognized as a retiree with 55 years of service, believed to be a district record, at the Ellsworth School District’s recognition dinner Tuesday.2 / 2

Veteran Ellsworth School District employees and retirees were saluted during the district’s annual recognition dinner Tuesday.

Superintendent Barry Cain emceed an evening including plaque presentations to staffers with 15, 20, 25, 40 and 55 years of service. The 55 years logged by the now-retiring Jerome Brickner, bus driver, was believed to be a district record.

The spotlight was then shined on retirees. They are: Geanna Austin, bus driver, Ronald Bjork, maintenance, Jerome Brickner, bus driver, Loretta Brickner, bus driver, Tim Brunner, middle school assistant principal, Rick Clausen, high school English teacher, Dallas Dosdall, mechanic, Kristine Eaton, Hillcrest Elementary teacher, Don Owen, middle school teacher, Sharon Peterson, Lindgren Early Learning Center Administrative Assistant, Shirley Place, bus driver, Jack Radabaugh, high school phy ed teacher, Georgia Schladweiler, custodian, Susie Serene, Hillcrest Elementary teacher, Barry Weghorn, middle school teacher, and Mary Wild, middle school phy ed teacher.

Several of the retirees spoke and peers or family members spoke about them. Highlights follow.

--Denny Langer was the speaker on behalf of the Brickners and Dosdall. Langer reflected on a typical day in the maintenance and transportation department. If it’s a good day, you’re having coffee around the time everyone else is getting up; if it’s a bad day, Dosdall is already out plowing snow, he said. When Dosdall started as mechanic 20 years ago, Langer wasn’t sure if the container he’d brought from home was his tool box or his lunch box, but it proved to be the latter—“boy, could that guy eat.” Although Dosdall was primarily a mechanic, he wore many hats. Langer heard him swear comparatively few times to Jerome Brickner, who swore a lot more. Brickner’s been driving bus for so long there’s a report he used to transport Dosdall to school. Brickner also gave his then-future wife a front seat on his bus, not because she was behaving badly, but because he wanted to date her. The two have 97 years of bus driving between them, and their sons John and Randy have also driven, the latter with 29 years. Loretta Brickner said she started driving 42 years ago after her husband encountered ongoing difficulties lining up substitute drivers. 

For more please read the June 11 print version of the Herald. 

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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