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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Like the hills they sometimes ride, snowmobilers are finding this winter season to be an up-and-down proposition for conditions conducive to their sport. Milder temperatures and unusual January rains have diminished the amount of snow covering trails in the county.
The mysteries are more than meets the eye for the Great River Road Theatre Company's production of "Alibis." "Someone who likes to solve a mystery--this is the play for them," Director Judy Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson apparently wasn't only referring to the plot of the murder mystery/comedy by Peter Kennedy. Last week, there were other aspects the theatre troupe had yet to solve in the days remaining before opening night on Friday, Feb. 8. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 16.
Six decades after being assumed by one family, the management of Snowball's Bar has passed to another generation--again. Luke Fleming and fiancé Jenna Strusz are among the latest members of the ownership team, with Fleming now representing the family whose involvement in the East Ellsworth business began in the 1950s, he said Thursday. Luke and Angie Nelson bring another family to the management mix. "A friend talked me into it," Nelson said about how he became a co-owner, referring to Fleming.
Calypso music is the kind people move to. That's why it seems appropriate the Calypso Salon in Ellsworth has moved. Owner Leah Stensrud relocated her business from 355 W. Main St., next to Bo Jo's Creations on the south side of Main, to 370 W. Main, next to the Subway Restaurant on the north side and just up the street, this week. The site most recently housed the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Store and was once home to Bo Jo's. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 9.
Now headquartered in the center of Pierce County, members of VFW Post 9060 are staying as active as ever. Sure, they no longer operate a bar like once when they were based in Prescott, but there are plenty of other projects and fundraisers to keep them busy.
A recommendation from the district's ad hoc facilities committee was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The board authorized the superintendent to proceed with involving professionals for further study of the avenues and costs of addressing the many facilities needs of the district. Superintendent Barry Cain said this could lead to a referendum, but there are also alternatives, including: changing the way things are done, using the fund balance in the district's budget to cover costs, using performance-based incentives and/or a cost avoidance option in which action is taken now t
TOWN OF MARTELL--Dan Knutson can foresee a day when the former Thompson General Store in the heart of Martell serves a commercial business again. Or perhaps the historic building could become a bed-and-breakfast, catering to the fishing enthusiasts who enjoy the nearby Rush River.
BAY CITY--Zoning around the Red Wing Municipal Airport near Bay City would become consistent with the county version existing in the vicinity under a plan which has been approved by the joint airport zoning board. The draft of this new zoning ordinance was signed by board members Wednesday.
A different service will collect garbage and recyclables from Village of Ellsworth residents beginning with the new year. Earlier this month, the village board awarded the contract for the service to Paul's Industrial Garage (PIG) of Hager City, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Veolia Environmental Services and its predecessor companies, including Onyx, have served the residential segment of the community in the past. Information about the changeover is being distributed to local residents and has been shared with the Herald by Village Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Nelson.
In the Old West, barkers roamed the country, selling their goods and wares from a wagon. Erik Thibault is akin to these pitchmen of the past. The new manager at Freedom Valu Center in Ellsworth not only knows retailing, but is highly interested in communication as a radio assistant and music fan. "Sales have increased, especially in our dairy gallons," Thibault said Tuesday about business since he arrived at the local convenience store on Oct. 11. Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 28.