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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In the dozen years he's been in Scouting, Spencer Redding's latest effort is clearly his biggest. Thursday, the 17-year-old Redding reviewed the activities and events in which he's participated since joining the organization at age five.
Instead of waiting until after the holiday season, Heather Flock suggests getting a head start on staying fit now. The owner of Fitness Influence in Ellsworth and Beldenville told Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday about a promotion her business is offering. The "Thanksgiving-Christmas Challenge" will involve a free weigh-in, with participants paying $1 for each pound they gain.
Students have received report cards for many years and now the public schools in Wisconsin are taking their turn. The state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is issuing a "school report card" for each school this month, including the four within the Ellsworth School District. Each earns a "score," called an accountability index score, from 0 to 100.
Sean Froelich is poised to take another step in a career centered around this area's legal system. Froelich has no opposition, so is expected to be elected Pierce County District Attorney in next Tuesday's election. He would assume the office held by John O'Boyle since 1992. While campaigning for the primary election in which he and O'Boyle were opponents earlier this year, Froelich emphasized communication and fairness. Last week, he said he intends to achieve the former by creating an open dialogue. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 31.
The few changes in the final 2012-13 budget since the district's annual meeting are mostly technical, Superintendent Barry Cain told the Ellsworth School Board in special session Monday. The total school levy in the final budget, which was approved by the board, is $8,357,158. That's down slightly from the $8,385,766 projected at the annual meeting in August.
The same year the community is observing its 150th anniversary, Ellsworth's East End Park is approaching the 100-year mark. The sesquicentennial committee celebrated that milestone and recent park improvements during a dedication event under a tent in the park Oct. 14. The event included refreshments sold for 25 cents each (reviving prices from 1962, the time of the village's centennial), entertainment, burial of a time capsule, a lighting ceremony for the new decorative walkway lights which have been installed and a program. Committee Chair Jack Hines emceed the program.
Dan Morth has returned as interim director, part of changes for the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Morth had previously been interim director of the service after former Director Bill Brookshaw and former Assistant Director Brenda Kenall resigned in March of last year.
BAY CITY--Pastor Gene Hasselquist professes to love life, so much so he's determined not to let retirement get in its way. Hasselquist had retired in 1987 as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he'd arrived in 1970.
The Ellsworth Funsters have long been known for efforts in the interest of kids. Their latest such effort is taking on the Pumpkin Party in the Park for the first time. It's an event the local chamber of commerce has organized in recent past years and will continue to provide assistance. Matt Feuerhelm of the Funsters discussed party preparations with chamber members Thursday. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.
In the position since late last year, Pete Brooks is no longer director of the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Brooks said Tuesday officials of Regions Hospital, with which the post was arranged when he was hired, notified him about his termination that day.