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Ellsworth Village Board supports 'Save Our Store' campaign

The Ellsworth Village Board Monday unanimously approved a letter-writing campaign to keep open the former Pamida store in the Crossing Meadows development.

The campaign is designed to try and influence Shopko Inc. in Green Bay, which bought out Pamida, to keep the store and the pharmacy open as a smaller "Shopko Express" store.

Village President Gerald DeWolfe urged other government boards in the Ellsworth area to approve similar resolutions letting Shopko know the importance to the community of keeping the store and pharmacy open.

The board also unanimously approved an ordinance to clean up and fix language in the village code, and transfer its two percent dues to the Ellsworth Fire Association, which totaled $5,745.34.

In committee action, the finance committee announced it will meet with the library board next Monday to go over its long range plans for additional space in the village library. The license committee recommended and the board approved a premise extension to Snowball's Bar and Grill in East Ellsworth for outdoor live music from Aug. 9-12. They also recommended and the full board approved an annual dance license for Pop's Malt Shop.

The board heard from Milt Helmer and Jack Hines of the Ellsworth Sesquicentennial Committee on their plans for improvements in East End Park. These include installing antique light poles and planters, and installing a fence along the Hwy. 10-63 side of the park.

The board entered closed session concerning litigation regarding the Anthony Hood property in Crossing Meadows. The board left closed session and took no action.