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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Now headquartered in the center of Pierce County, members of VFW Post 9060 are staying as active as ever. Sure, they no longer operate a bar like once when they were based in Prescott, but there are plenty of other projects and fundraisers to keep them busy.
A recommendation from the district's ad hoc facilities committee was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The board authorized the superintendent to proceed with involving professionals for further study of the avenues and costs of addressing the many facilities needs of the district. Superintendent Barry Cain said this could lead to a referendum, but there are also alternatives, including: changing the way things are done, using the fund balance in the district's budget to cover costs, using performance-based incentives and/or a cost avoidance option in which action is taken now t
TOWN OF MARTELL--Dan Knutson can foresee a day when the former Thompson General Store in the heart of Martell serves a commercial business again. Or perhaps the historic building could become a bed-and-breakfast, catering to the fishing enthusiasts who enjoy the nearby Rush River.
BAY CITY--Zoning around the Red Wing Municipal Airport near Bay City would become consistent with the county version existing in the vicinity under a plan which has been approved by the joint airport zoning board. The draft of this new zoning ordinance was signed by board members Wednesday.
A different service will collect garbage and recyclables from Village of Ellsworth residents beginning with the new year. Earlier this month, the village board awarded the contract for the service to Paul's Industrial Garage (PIG) of Hager City, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Veolia Environmental Services and its predecessor companies, including Onyx, have served the residential segment of the community in the past. Information about the changeover is being distributed to local residents and has been shared with the Herald by Village Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Nelson.
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.