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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PLUM CITY -- Getting ready for the coming seasons was a theme addressed by the Plum City Village Board early last week. The street department has been in full Christmas decorating mode, the board was told. Containers will be placed around town beginning Friday, Nov. 20, to collect non-perishable and personal hygiene items, and the like, plus monetary donations to help the food pantry at the holidays, board members learned.
A dental difficulty and an ultimatum shaped the future direction of Dr. Casey Chantelois’ life. Dealing with a bad underbite as a youth was a problem for Chantelois, he said. A dentist in his hometown of Osceola sent him to an orthodontist for what professionals described as a complex case. “They told me I could either start repairing it now or they’d have to break my jaw down the line,” he said.
While most participants enjoy deer hunting season for the opportunity it offers to get outdoors and perhaps down a trophy buck, Jeff Farris regards it as just another stretch of days at the office. The only difference for the owner of Pierce County Meats, Inc., in East Ellsworth is they are very busy days. At this time of year, Farris finds himself indoors rather than outside a lot. Victory for him isn’t stopping a buck in its tracks, but getting the venison taken by others suitable for their dinner tables.
Facility priorities for a referendum next April were discussed by the Spring Valley School Board, meeting in special session early last week. Pending further review by an engineering firm, the...
A 2015-16 budget proposal which had changed since the district’s annual meeting in August was finalized by the Ellsworth School Board Wednesday. At last week’s special board meeting, Superintendent Barry...
A change in insurance providers and a pay raise for employees were approved by the Bay City Village Board earlier this month. The board decided to withdraw from LGPIF and switch to Municipal Property Insurance for village insurance coverage. Clerk Shawnie King said the estimated savings for the village by switching insurance carriers will be by half. Members also increased village employees’ pay by 25 cents per hour during a closed session.
ATRIUM POST ACUTE CARE The man who handles a frying pan at a local nursing home once monthly isn't an employee of the home's food service. He's volunteer cook Roger Proch, treating anywhere from eight to 12 residents to a homemade country breakfast the last Friday of almost every month.
TOWN OF GILMAN Becky Manley began her interest in theatre at a young age and she's been performing in front of various audiences ever since. Manley's latest performance has been as clerk for the Town of Gilman. It's a more demanding role than she ever imagined, she said. "I usually work all day Sundays on town business," she said, explaining she also holds a job with WESTconsin Credit Union in Spring Valley as a member service representative. Her part-time employment with Gilman involves keeping records, issuing licenses, bookkeeping, being the "go-to" person for the town board and more.
A proposal to exceed the town’s levy limit set by the state in an attempt to further fund road repairs was defeated at a special meeting of the Gilman Town Board Tuesday. The plan was rejected by town residents attending the meeting on a 45 no to 34 yes vote. The residents then voted to approve a 2015 total town tax levy, to be collected in 2016, in the amount of $279,238.
A mill rate expected to be lower than last year’s is foreseen in the Village of Ellsworth’s 2016 budget proposal. The proposal has been prepared earlier than in past years because of a request by Pierce County for municipalities to have budget information available to the county early next month, said Village Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Nelson. A public hearing on the Ellsworth budget plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 in the village hall, prior to the regular monthly village board meeting.