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 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.
Last year, Mary Rumpel committed to taking a big step forward in her teaching career. The Ellsworth High School math teacher's action meant she was serious about improving as an educator. Her commitment involved a year's worth of self-analysis, both in and out of the classroom, culminating in a test. This month, she learned those efforts beyond her regular responsibilities at EHS have paid off. Rumpel said early last week she's become a National Board Certified Teacher.
When Lori Ryden started working at the Ellsworth Care Center, the Vietnam War was at its height, Richard Nixon was president and the U.S. was in the midst of a recession. It was 1972 and the local nursing home--not even a decade old at the time--was known as Pierce County Manor. "I still talk with people who don't recognize it as the care center because they call it 'the manor'," Ryden said Thursday upon the occasion of her 40th anniversary as an employee there. Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 21.
Some Ellsworth men have struck photogenic poses to help in the fight against what's traditionally considered a women's disease--breast cancer. The guys are featured on the pages of a new calendar sponsored by several local businesses, according to Eric Anderson of The Hub in the village's west business district.
After six months, 14 meetings and 30 hours of gathering information, the ad hoc facilities committee presented their findings to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. In a presentation they explained was drawn from 60 photos supporting those findings, the 20-some-member committee concluded the district lacks facilities providing for its children's expanding educational needs for today and the future.
Two Ellsworth women took their first bite of the Big Apple and found it bites back. Cheryl Regenscheid and Michelle Bauer went on separate trips to New York City late last month, for pleasure in the case of the former and business meetings by the latter. Both just happened to be there when Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast. "I'd heard it was coming, but at that time they were unsure of its path," Regenscheid said Friday at Ellsworth Chiropractic Clinic, where she's a patient of Dr.
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.