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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The few changes in the final 2012-13 budget since the district's annual meeting are mostly technical, Superintendent Barry Cain told the Ellsworth School Board in special session Monday. The total school levy in the final budget, which was approved by the board, is $8,357,158. That's down slightly from the $8,385,766 projected at the annual meeting in August.
The same year the community is observing its 150th anniversary, Ellsworth's East End Park is approaching the 100-year mark. The sesquicentennial committee celebrated that milestone and recent park improvements during a dedication event under a tent in the park Oct. 14. The event included refreshments sold for 25 cents each (reviving prices from 1962, the time of the village's centennial), entertainment, burial of a time capsule, a lighting ceremony for the new decorative walkway lights which have been installed and a program. Committee Chair Jack Hines emceed the program.
Dan Morth has returned as interim director, part of changes for the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Morth had previously been interim director of the service after former Director Bill Brookshaw and former Assistant Director Brenda Kenall resigned in March of last year.
BAY CITY--Pastor Gene Hasselquist professes to love life, so much so he's determined not to let retirement get in its way. Hasselquist had retired in 1987 as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he'd arrived in 1970.
The Ellsworth Funsters have long been known for efforts in the interest of kids. Their latest such effort is taking on the Pumpkin Party in the Park for the first time. It's an event the local chamber of commerce has organized in recent past years and will continue to provide assistance. Matt Feuerhelm of the Funsters discussed party preparations with chamber members Thursday. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.
In the position since late last year, Pete Brooks is no longer director of the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Brooks said Tuesday officials of Regions Hospital, with which the post was arranged when he was hired, notified him about his termination that day.
Look for a new exhibits building to be open on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth in time for next year's fair. Fair Coordinator Ann Webb said a construction bid has been accepted for the building, to be built on a now-vacant site adjacent to the Junior 4-H Horse Barn and east of the Seyforth Building. The site was once occupied by a Quonset hut, which served to house poultry and other animals in the past, and was used for storage just before being torn down. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 26.
An upgrade to the Ellsworth School District's computer internet web site has led to a fresher look and improved capabilities. The revamped site adds opportunities for teachers to communicate with students and parents, for district officials to communicate with the community and for families to take advantage of linked outside resources, according to Communications Specialist Mindy Anderson, Superintendent Barry Cain and Network Administrator Jason O'Neil.
A new volunteer coordinator position was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The job description calls for a person to work effectively with school district, public and private entities to coordinate volunteer opportunities for district students and staff. Superintendent Barry Cain said the post was targeted for this school year in the recent Strategic Planning Initiative process. Cain cited the potential for an improved relationship between the community and the school district in recommending the position.
A total tax levy that's 2.53 percent less than the previous year's was included in a preliminary budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. At $8,385,766, the levy compares with a total levy of $8,597,688 in last year's budget. The mill rate in the 2012-13 plan, representing tax per $1,000 worth of valuation, is 10.26, which is down 2.63 percent from last year's mill rate of 10.53. The revenue cap in the '12-'13 proposal is $15,722,100 and state equalization aid is $8,914,591.