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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PLUM CITY--Just as in his favorite board game, chess, Father Ambrose Blenker has been contemplating his latest move. At one point, the Milan native who's served as a priest for nearly 50 years thought he might relocate to the Marshfield area, not far from his original hometown. But with retirement in the offing, he seemed satisfied this week he won't be moving at all, now planning to stay in the community where he's been a priest the longest--Plum City. In fact, he won't even leave the rectory at St.
Visiting royalty were no strangers to the Wisconsin Holstein Association's (WHA) annual district show when it was hosted by the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth Thursday. WHA Princess Breinne Hendrickson and Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Alexis Nickelotti both come from dairy farms. Moreover, since beginning their reigns in January, appearances at such events have been part of their duties. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 22.
Maintenance was a theme for several items presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The board approved the purchase of a New Holland tractor with 100-inch rotary broom and 11-foot finish mower from Value Implement of Ellsworth in the amount of $44,400. Superintendent Barry Cain said the district has a need for a second zero-turn mower, as mowing approximately 30 acres with the single existing machine has become difficult.
Ask any gardener this season and they'll say it's been a long time coming. A colder-than-normal spring contributed to a delay in planting throughout this area. However, the payoff from any wait, no matter the reason, is expected to be huge for at least one garden. Ellsworth's community garden went into the ground late last month after almost two years of planning.
Accomplishments by staff and retirees took center stage at the Ellsworth School District's 24th annual recognition dinner Tuesday. As part of his emcee duties, Superintendent Barry Cain introduced school board members in attendance. Former School Board President Laurie Andrews commended the entire staff for their dedication to the local schools, saying, "you are what makes us proud." Andrews acknowledged the considerable loss of knowledge and education presently occurring in this district and the teaching field in general. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 15.
A new record high for the amount of recyclables marketed by Pierce County's recycling center last year is among information in the annual report about the center from the solid waste department. In 2010, the department established a yearly record high for recyclable materials marketed at 4,949 tons. That compares with 4,813 tons in 2009, an increase of 136 tons. New record highs for incoming recyclable materials received at 5,108 tons and recyclable materials processed at 5,073 tons were also reported for last year. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 8.
The number of "hair traffic controllers" in Ellsworth's east end has increased by one. Never mind the "hairport" in question can only accommodate four incoming "flights" at a time, the latest arrival marks a fifth "controller." The beauty of the new arrangement is there will be more time for "takeoffs" and "landings" during the week. Fay Albarado came on board Hair Traffic Control Salon at the southeast corner of Broadway and Wall streets this week.
Proposed technology projects for the 2011-12 term were presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain and Network Administrator Jason O'Neil discussed the proposals. They include computer lab replacement at an estimated cost of $25,000 (to come from common school funds), engineer costs (a retainer for services through C.I.T.
TOWN OF UNION--Site number 12 on next weekend's Fresh Art Spring Tour is home to some familiar faces for long-time residents of Southern Pierce County. John and Kaye Luetke are on the tour for the first time with their Flaming Fire Art Studio along CTH CC in the Town of Union. It's likely these first-timers will be recognized by many tour goers. After all, the couple operated a candy store in Maiden Rock in the early 1990s and ran a café in that community in the early 2000s.