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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Recommendations to achieve a reduction of $1.46 million in the 2016-17 budget were presented to the Prescott School Board at a special meeting Monday. Board members extensively discussed the proposed...
In the spirit of “it takes a village to raise a child,” Pierce County is applying a team approach to keep youths with multiple and persistent needs in their homes, schools and the community when other interventions aren’t successful.
TOWN OF MARTELL -- There won’t be any increase in the Town of Martell tax levy for 2016 (beginning in 2017) for the purpose of building a new town shop.
BAY CITY -- Citizen requests were heard by the Bay City Village Board earlier this month. Don Peavey of the local private campground explained to the board how his property was recently surveyed and the property lines shifted as a result. Peavey proposed swapping land with the village so those lines can be returned to their previous locations. Board members took no action.
PLUM CITY -- A November timeline for an operational referendum was preferred last month by the Plum City School Board over an April one, but putting boilers on hold remained...
ELMWOOD -- Open enrollment for special education services was closed by the Elmwood School Board last month. Board members acted on an administrative recommendation about the closing because of a...
RIVER FALLS -- For Rosie Conroy to have music she’s written performed in front of a church audience is like other songwriters having their material played at Carnegie Hall. A church is the perfect venue for the type of music Conroy writes because of her songs’ spiritual nature. And St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in River Falls, which will provide the setting for a concert featuring some of the Bay City resident’s numbers this Sunday at 4 p.m., could well be considered the “big time” to her.
Former Ellsworth Co-op Creamery Manager Ken McMahon died early this month from a car accident near his home in Cleveland, Minn. He was 64. McMahon was hired in November of 1994 to succeed the retiring Lyle Brenne as local creamery manager. A Minnesota native, he said in a Herald article at the time he was grateful for the opportunity and impressed with the creamery’s facilities, its nine-member board, its dairy patrons and its employees.
The last place anyone should expect to find syringes is in recycled materials. Yet, not only were there syringes uncovered at Pierce County’s recycling center early this month, but lots of them, according to Nurse Dianne H-Robinson of the county public health department. The load was in a five-gallon pail approximately three-quarters full of the hazards, H-Robinson said Friday.
MAIDEN ROCK -- The present Maiden Rock Village Hall building will be listed for sale with a realty firm, the village board decided early last week. Board members approved listing the building with REMax Realty, possibly to be arranged by the end of this week. They had agreed to sell it last month.