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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All of the sweat put into it couldn’t match the sweat gotten out of it. Yet, this year’s Pierce County Fair suffered just a little from conditions here resembling the tropics during its four-day run last month. Although Fair Manager Ann Webb said Wednesday she would have preferred the weather to be a bit less intense (perhaps mild, dry and sunny, similar to a “picture-perfect” stretch a year earlier), she admitted it could have been worse.
The Spring Valley School Board discussed possible facilities options resulting from a Unesco facility study at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Some possibilities for moving ahead with a referendum in...
The Plum City Village Board gave attention to infrastructure projects at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8. Board members learned the county will either pave or patch CTH S from Church Street to the bridge on that road. Two new alarms have been installed and are operating at the wastewater treatment plant, members heard. Additionally, diffuser pipes will be replaced there. A date for jetting the local sewer lines has yet to be scheduled, the board was told.
Concerns raised earlier about trains carrying hazardous materials and sitting idle on railroad tracks in Maiden Rock were again a topic for the village board Tuesday, Sept. 8. Agreeing last month to contact the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad about sending a representative to address the board in person, Village President Judy Daleiden received a response, board members were told. The railroad intends to investigate the issue first.
With the opening of school and end of the vacation season, the Ellsworth Police Department is emphasizing safety in village crosswalks, as the potential exists for these to be more highly used. Pedestrians have reported difficulty getting across streets and should be yielded to by drivers, according to Police Chief Eric Ladwig and Sgt. Darren Ekholm. The police department is making an effort to monitor crosswalk activity, especially in the business districts, which get the heaviest foot as well as vehicle traffic, Ladwig said.
Just over a week after the Pierce County Information Services Committee discussed the issue and concluded improved broadband here depends on existing carriers upgrading their service, the two biggest ones in the county are apparently going to do just that.
Personnel matters were handled by the Spring Valley School Board early last week. The board approved the hires of Missy Hague, Rachel Trainer, Joelle Miller and Carolyn Worrell as aides...
The budget proposal was a highlight of the Prescott School District’s annual meeting held late last month. The $8,882,917 tax levy included in the plan is expected to produce a...
A half dozen new staffers have joined the ranks of Plum City School District personnel. The Herald asked them about their backgrounds and positions via a newspaper survey. Their responses...
Although being a pastor was an idea for Annie White early in her life, it wasn’t always a definite plan. White was in the third year of participation in Leadership Lab, a summer camp program she entered through her family’s church back in her home state of Illinois, when much of the talk turned toward a pastoral calling, she said Wednesday. In fact, a keynote speaker at the camp focused on the topic and she “honed in” on it.