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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LUND--A Lund church is holding a benefit for a parishioner who's dealing with cancer for a second time. Sabylund Lutheran Church will host the benefit for Jon Anderson Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pepin Park Pavilion in Pepin. Anderson was diagnosed with lung cancer this spring, according to his wife, Tammy. "Sixteen years ago, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma," she said Wednesday, a cancer from which he's since recovered. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 18.
Increases in pay for some employees were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. At the recommendation of the personnel committee, the board okayed a 2.5 percent salary increase for three categories of support staff. They are aides, bus drivers and directors/mechanical/superintendent office. Superintendent Barry Cain placed the total cost of the increase for all of those employees to the district at $37,151. They had experienced a 5.9 percent reduction in their salaries last year, Cain said. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 11.
After three-and-a-half decades, at least one thing's the same about the Beldenville Old Car Club Show: it takes a dedicated group of people to keep the event successful. The show and swap meet will again fill the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth on Sunday, July 22, with classic vehicles, farm toys, antique and collector tractors, a car corral, live music, food and more.
Priest from India feels at home at St. Francis By Bill Kirk Father Nathan Thainase may call India his native land and may count Ethiopia among his past work sites, but is no stranger to the U.S. The priest, who was officially installed at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth late last month, already served a parish also in the La Crosse Diocese, he said Thursday. Locally, he succeeds Father Roy Witucki, who was transferred to the Wausau area. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 11.
PRESCOTT--People in this area, accustomed to a first-class county fair, usually choose the Minnesota State Fair when they want something more, though other state fairs in Illinois, Iowa and, of course, Wisconsin aren't too distant. This fair season, they have another option, courtesy of the Great River Road Theatre in Prescott. The troupe is presenting Rodger and Hammerstein's "State Fair," a musical, in the city's Town Square Park for performances on Thursdays through Sundays, July 12-15 and 19-22. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 11.
What would a corner bar be without friendly bartenders? The Hub on Main not only promises friendliness, but all of the other attractions expected from an establishment billed as "your local cocktail corner." Lisa Huppert and Eric Anderson are partners in the business they opened last month on the southwest corner of Main and Grant streets in Ellsworth, a premises most recently known as Scottie's Bar.
Polka enthusiasts will party on down to the Pierce County Fairgrounds July 6-8 for the 37th annual Ellsworth Polka Fest. They're a loyal bunch, these fans of the music-with-a-beat and fast-paced dance. They come here to swell as well as entertain the local population, one of the most popular stops on a summer festival circuit. Lots of whooping and hollering are promised as the faithful whirl and twirl across two wooden dance floors set up inside the grounds.
Although it's quite a mouthful--that word "sesquicentennial"--people only think about it once every 150 years. And so it's become special. Special enough that, like many other places, Ellsworth's marking the 150th anniversary of the community's founding this year with a celebration. Here, the festivities will peak on the Fourth of July, no less. It all adds up to a fun-filled observance rooted in the village's heritage. Organizers are even taking their cue from past Ellsworth milestone celebrations in presenting this one. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 27.
A lot of shoe leather has gotten worn off since one of this area's most successful fundraisers for the American Cancer Society was started in 1988. The 25th anniversary of the event, now billed as the Run/Walk of Pierce County, will be marked next month with a day-and-time change. Instead of the past Saturday morning schedule, this year's version is set for Friday, July 20, with registration at 6 p.m., a kids fun walk at 7 p.m.
When Shane Smith entered Ellsworth at the village limits, he realized something other communities had on their outskirts was missing here. A sign proclaiming local sports championships was the fixture Smith found to be lacking. So the Eagle Scout candidate decided to take on its creation and installation as his project toward that Scout rank. Late last month, the sign he labored for went on display along Hwy. 10, just southeast of its intersection with Hwys.