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—Influenced by members of his family, Hunter Schoengarth is embarking on a project which will benefit users of the Legion Park in Plum City. The Boy Scout in local Troop 9134 is going after the Eagle Scout rank, involving a community service project requirement. Schoengarth said Thursday he wasn’t even thinking about trying for Eagle status when he joined the Scouts six years ago. “I didn’t know I’d make it that far,” he said.
Every year, members of a special group at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth put their quilting skills into gifts for local high school graduates who attend the church. Various ladies among them have been creating these graduation presents for the last five years. Co-organizers Tammy Brenner and Judy Erickson said Thursday the group’s output has averaged from 15-to-16 quilts each of the years, though the number to be given this year is slightly lower at around a dozen.
SPRING VALLEY—Strategic planning was examined at a special meeting of the Spring Valley School Board early last week. Board members discussed the next steps, plus a draft of goals and...
The impact of contracting out food and laundry services for one year for the Pierce County Jail was approved by the county’s finance and personnel committee early last week, according to Administrative Coordinator Jo Ann Miller. Resulting from the plan will be the layoffs of one head cook/housekeeper, one cook/housekeeper and one temporary cook/housekeeper. These positions are to be eliminated. Additionally, the sheriff’s office staffing plan is to be amended.
MAIDEN ROCK—Satisfying the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was behind a couple of actions for the Maiden Rock Village Board early last week. The board adopted an ordinance updating cross connection control for the local water and sewer utility. The ordinance, replacing one from 1985, will affect private well owners.
PLUM CITY—Reports from the fire chief were among matters for the Plum City Village Board early last week. Plum City-Union Chief P.J. Hines told board members about the success of the recent steak feed fundraiser. A pump was in the process of being delivered for the new pumper truck coming from Canada.
TRIMBELLE—A theatre production could hardly duplicate the drama Myron Mortell experienced when he suffered a major heart attack two-and-a-half years ago. The former theatre technician said Wednesday he was alone at his Town of Trimbelle home one early morning when he felt cold and his arms hurt. He managed to call 911, with the dispatcher telling him to unlock the front door for the emergency responders, then lay down on his bed.
BIG RIVER--Joe Schommer, who owned the former Joe’s Valley—a bar and grill in Big River—for 42 years, died Saturday. He was 85. Schommer was a Big River native and 1949 graduate of Prescott High School. Following his military service in the Navy from 1955-57, he bought the bar and grill from Joe Hauth in 1958. He had been bartending earlier at the Pilot House in Prescott, where his wife Donna also worked (the couple married in 1953).
Dawn Koch is celebrating three decades of teaching at St. Francis Catholic School in Ellsworth, which she describes as being like a family, and she and her own family have...
PRESCOTT--With over 40 patents already in his past, it shouldn’t be shocking Jimmie Baran Jr. of Prescott obtained another one last month. What’s significant about the latest patent for Baran, along with six other co-inventors who are employed by 3M Innovative Properties in St. Paul, is its benefit to the electric industry.