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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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.
As a police officer in his hometown, Greg Place was not only well acquainted with his "beat," but was following a family precedent. Place said his father, Pernell, had also been an officer for the Village of Ellsworth in the early 1960s. "But it was a lot different then," the son said Tuesday, "I think they may have been called constables." Nonetheless, the pattern was set. Thirty-eight years after Place held his first job in law enforcement, the present Ellsworth Police Chief will retire from that position next month. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
For Warren Johnson's family, it was all about teaching, but for himself as a youth, it originally wasn't. Johnson's late father, Juno, established the precedent in the family, having been a high school biology teacher in Red Wing for many years, his son said Thursday.
HAGER CITY--"Hunt safely" might be advice given hunters by family and friends whenever they enter the field, but Doug Sjostrom really takes it to heart. Sjostrom received the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Education Instructor Award early this week after having taught hunter safety classes at Prairie View Elementary School in Hager City for 30 years.
Trevor Odeen set out to become a veterinarian, but changed career course and is now on his way to being an agriculture educator. Pierce County's new 4-H summer assistant is a senior entering his fifth year at UW-River Falls, he said Friday, explaining the three semesters of chemistry required for the vet program convinced him to try a different direction.
HAGER CITY--Instead of having two replacement knees, Mike "Schmitty" Schmidt of Hager City is coping with a deteriorated one and without the other one. Schmidt's ability to make a living has thus been compromised, so his friends--The Friends of Schmitty Committee--are organizing a benefit for him on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at The Bluffs Bar and Grill. A bucket raffle, bake sale, several games of chance and a "spin-to-win wheel" will be featured.
Five staff proposals at an estimated total cost of $250,000 were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The five are: director of teaching and learning, physical education department reduction, computer/network technician, library media/technology integration specialist and library/media center assistant.
Volunteerism isn't new to students in the Ellsworth School District. For example, the "Just Do Something" organization at the local high school has been around for a long time. But a further effort to promote volunteering grew from the district's recent strategic planning initiative, resulting in the creation of a new volunteer coordinator position this school year. Rather than only students getting involved, staff and the entire community are now targeted.
EL PASO--To cope in this stage of her life, Audrey Foley relies on a little help from her family and friends. Because of their support, the 88-year-old still lives in the El Paso farm house where she and her late husband, Francis, moved in 1952. She said Wednesday staffers from Spring Valley Senior Living and Health Care have been coming to her home daily to make her meals, do her laundry, clean the residence and more. "They've been doing that for about a year," said Foley from the living room chair usually accommodating her whenever she's awake.
PLUM CITY--Michael Butt is a play director and substitute teacher by day, and an independent film maker and videographer by night. Butt dreams of making old-fashioned films and has already produced some.