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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SPRING VALLEY—Two incumbents and a newcomer will have their names on the Spring Valley School District ballot for the two available school board seats in the Tuesday, April 7, election. The candidates are incumbent Peter Coyne, Guy Leach and incumbent Brian Wang. They were provided with questionnaires by the Herald.
PRESCOTT—Voters in the Prescott School District will find two incumbents who want re-election to their school board seats on the Tuesday, April 7, ballot. The candidates are Mark Helmer and April Schmitz. They were provided with questionnaires by the Herald. Helmer didn’t respond.
Pierce County Highway Safety Commission members got a preview Wednesday of the proposed new Hwy. 63 bridge over the Mississippi River at Red Wing and related intersection improvements. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) officials are now wrapping up work on the new bridge’s visual aesthetics, Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson told the commission.
It’s a ritual conducted by the Pierce County Treasurer’s Office in the late winter of every other odd-numbered year. The office publishes in the Herald a list of people owed unclaimed funds, asking them to collect those funds. This year’s list appeared in the Feb. 25 edition of the newspaper. The list this time contained 33 names and addresses plus the amounts owed, which County Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom and Deputy Treasurer Kathy Blodgett said Thursday is a typical number.
Enthusiasts of a popular non-mainstream sport will head to the Ellsworth High School new gym floor Monday, March 23, for fun and to support an area charity. The Ellsworth Community...
HAGER CITY--A new, two-lane boat launch and parking area on Trenton Island is expected to be ready for use in the next week or so. Employees with Great Lakes Marine Contracting, Black Creek, knocked off work early last Tuesday so a welder could make repairs to the bucket of an excavator, used to construct reinforced concrete walls on either side of the double-wide landing on the back channel of the Mississippi River near Hwy.
The winter many hope is now winding down may have seemed long and bitter, but one thing was lacking--snow. An informal record kept of this season’s snowfalls as of last week shows none dumped more than four inches at any one time on the Ellsworth vicinity.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is one of seven Wisconsin companies awarded a Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Award. The winners were announced Thursday night at a black tie banquet in Milwaukee honoring the 40 nominees. Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul Bauer Monday compared the event, at which the creamery was presented the Marketplace Opportunity Award, to being like the movie industry’s “Oscars.” Bauer was joined by his wife, Michelle, along with Dean Hines, Joe Hines and Scot Meyer, plus Meyer’s wife Jean, from the creamery.
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, March 18, in memory of Army Reserve Spc. Bert E. Hoyer at Ellsworth High School. Hoyer lost his life...
Pastor Kari Burke-Romarheim is a native of a small town in Minnesota, yet has traveled a bit of the world. Now Burke-Romarheim’s back in rural America, this time as the “bridge pastor” (interim) at Bethlehem and Eidsvold Lutheran Churches in Ellsworth and Bay City, respectively. She assumed her duties last month from former Pastor Elaine Siemsen. “My dad was a pastor, as were both of my grandfathers,” Burke-Romarheim said Thursday. So she knew at an early age she wanted to be in the ministry, the pastor said.