Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. 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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For the first time in 83 years, the Birkel family won't be represented among the staff of Ellsworth schools this fall. Kathy Birkel explained Friday her father-in-law, John, retired from the local district in 1982. He had begun teaching eight years after his brother, Stanley, did likewise in 1930, she said. Now, the second grade teacher's ending the era with her own retirement at the conclusion of this school term.
Personnel recommendations and open enrollment requests were handled by the Ellsworth School Board during a special meeting Tuesday. The personnel list, which was confirmed last week by the district office to have been approved, included the hires of two principals. They are Jon Dodge as high school assistant principal and Pete Nusbaum as middle school principal. Dodge succeeds the retiring Bill Fuller and Nusbaum takes over for Paul Uhren, whose transfer to director of teaching and learning was okayed last month. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
Open enrollment activity in area schools this year was mixed, as compared to last year. Figures about transfers in and out were slightly lower this time in the Ellsworth and Elmwood districts, but considerably higher in the Plum City and Spring Valley districts. Officials from area districts shared information last week on the number of applications received during the statewide application period, which began in February and ended in April.
Developments on the local business scene were updated for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce last month. Chamber Executive Director Sarah Ries reported Tami Langer of Ellsworth has established Langer Investments in a building behind Plummer Concrete and was to hold an open house last week. Village President Jerry DeWolfe of the chamber announced the groundbreaking for a new assisted living facility in Ellsworth will be held this month.
Craig Olson was the first in his family to go to college. At the time, Olson wasn't focused on the career in education he would eventually pursue. He said last week he'd decided on a major in biology by the time he got to college, based on a high school class effort. "I looked up to my 10th grade biology teacher," he said of a Mr. Gunderson.
That the Ellsworth American Legion Post was named after the first local veteran in World War I and the first in World War II to die is fitting. Whether it's Kinne, for whom the Post was originally called, or Englehart, whose name was added later, or the many who've made the ultimate sacrifice since, Legionnaires here never lose sight of them. Memorial Day is an occasion when these brave men and women are uppermost in local Legion members' thoughts.
Proposed maintenance and technology projects were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The maintenance proposals and their estimated costs are: roofing, middle school, $45,000, Prairie View, $3,000; asphalt/sidewalk, high school front parking lot, $7,000, Prairie View and Lindgren sidewalks, $2,000; bus garage/maintenance, purchase two new buses, $170,000, purchase two used vehicles for staff and student travel, $20,000, trade-in tractor to maintain warranty on equipment, $4,000, add six new bus cameras, $10,800, replace two overhead doors in cold storage area, $5,400; pool, cost to
Annette Pullen got started giving blood when she was just out of high school. "I saw a sign about it, so I decided to do it," Pullen said Friday. She couldn't have then known how her help to others would be repaid in her own family. Just a couple of years ago, her five-year-old grandson, Dylan, was diagnosed with leukemia and needed to have a series of blood transfusions initially. His grandmother said her blood-giving had been erratic at first, but has become more consistent in recent years. She now tries to attend the American Red Cross Bloodmobile at least twice annually.
Nearly a quarter century in discussions, a new addition to St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Ellsworth has become reality, and will be dedicated Sunday, May 19. The dedication coincides with Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Christian church. In an invitation extended by Pastor Susan Schneider-Adams, she said the faithful were given the gift of the Holy Spirit to spread the good news of Jesus Christ worldwide. "So what better day for St.
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in River Falls was showcased at Thursday's Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting. Katie Ryan, Turningpoint's sexual assault services coordinator, discussed services to victims such as a 24-hour crisis line, and help with food and clothing, largely through the shelter's Second Chances store in River Falls. Ryan told of a fundraising effort for a building expansion project.