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 three of five area schools, graduating seniors who took the ACT college admissions test this year mostly scored a bit lower than their counterparts from a year ago. In the other two districts, the scores in the two-year comparison were mainly higher for one school and largely the same for the remaining school. Many of the differences either way were within one point and some were within tenths of a point. The three schools with test takers having the slightly lower average scores this time were Elmwood, Plum City and Spring Valley, according to information from the Wisconsin Department o
John Groh's firsts in education have occurred in the Ellsworth School District. The Mankato, Minn., native entered public school in kindergarten at Prairie View Elementary when his family moved to this area in 1977, he said Thursday. His first regular teaching job was at Ellsworth Middle School when it opened in 1996. And his first position as a school administrator comes this term, as he's succeeded the retiring Leona Johnson as Hillcrest Elementary Principal. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 29.
More space for the Ellsworth Public Library is the charge of a building committee being formed with approval from the local village board early this month. "The board gave its approval for the committee to investigate space options," Library Director Shelley Anderson said Thursday. "It doesn't mean permission for a building project," Anderson added, noting she's pleased "it's a start." The library is presently housed in the upstairs of a building originally constructed as a community hall in 1932, with its downstairs currently occupied by the local senior citizens center.
PLUM CITY--Dear Diary: Where have you been for all of these years? It's good to be reading you again. Dorothy (Ring) Sandnes could have easily written those words when she recently learned a diary she authored as a youth was found by the latest owners of a house her family once occupied.
If it's all in a name, the selection of the Most Admired Senior Citizen at this year's Pierce County Fair seems especially appropriate. George Most of Prescott was the recipient of the honor, presented Friday of the fair by Fair Coordinator Ann Webb and Secretary Ginny Huber.
Curriculum director and food service/office assistant positions were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The former curriculum post had been combined with the Hillcrest Elementary School Principal's job, but as Superintendent Barry Cain reminded board members, when hiring the new Hillcrest principal, it was decided to focus on that vacancy first. John Groh was then hired to be Hillcrest's principal. Now, Cain has reviewed the curriculum director's job description and created a new one, targeting specific responsibilities, he said.
From his job delivering meals-on-wheels for Pierce County's Aging and Disability Resource Office, Tom Boden was somewhat familiar with the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center. The local center was just one of the places where Boden picked up meals, he said Friday, noting Bay City and Plum City were among the others. When the directorship of the center here recently opened, he mentioned he was interested. The center's board then met and, last month, he started as director, succeeding Ann Kramer. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 1.
Services available from Freier's Comfort by Design in east end were promoted at Thursday's Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting. Owners Gabe and Jill Reid made the presentation. Gabe Reid said geothermal heating is being commonly used in new construction. Not only efficient, it can also become operational by adding a loop-tail to an existing furnace. "It's easier to install," Reid said, comparing it to conventional heating systems. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 1.
No doubt, it's been hot, but Pierce County has yet to experience the drought-like conditions some other parts of the State of Wisconsin have this growing season. "We've been the garden spot," Pierce Agriculture Agent Greg Andrews said Friday, noting all one has to do by way of visual confirmation in this vicinity is look out the window and notice how the lawns are fairly green. Andrews, who delivers a weekly weather and crop progress report to the state for the county, said there were signs of mild heat stress here during a week-long stretch around the Fourth of July.
ROCK ELM--Something other than ice cream was churning on the lower level of the Rock Elm United Methodist Church in February. It was high water and its presence led to a delay in the annual summer socials with the hand-churned ice cream the church is known for until this past Thursday. A pipe broke, causing damage estimated to be approaching $60,000, said Fred Koehler, chairman of the church's administrative board. "There was a foot-and-a-half of water down there," Koehler said Wednesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 25.