Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. 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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Graduating seniors from five area schools who took the ACT college admissions test this year mainly scored lower than their counterparts from a year ago, according to information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
The new frontier in farming may be just overhead.
HAGER CITY--John Vieths of Vieths’ General Store and Bar in Hager City was honored by the Pierce County Board last month. Vieths was given a certificate of commendation for 100 years of service to the community. He represents the third generation of a family to have operated the business over the past century. His grandfather, Fred, assumed management of the establishment in 1914, John Vieths said Thursday.
Jenny Ness was asked Wednesday why her new position at Associated Bank in East Ellsworth is called a relationship banker.
Both the property tax levy and the mill rate are substantially lower than the past year in the 2014-15 budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District’s annual meeting Monday. At $6,563,091, the tax levy in the proposal is approximately 27 percent below the $8,380,852 in the 2013-14 budget, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. The mill rate (reflecting tax per $1,000 worth of valuation) for ’14-’15 is 8.39, down from 10.72 in ’13-’14. Cain reminded adjustments to the latest budget plan will be made after certification of figures from the state is received in October.
State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials went back-and-forth Tuesday with village and local creamery officials about some aspects of planned improvements to Main Street (Hwy. 10-63) in Ellsworth, mostly agreeing about the project. The stretch presently envisioned for an upgrade in 2016 runs from Beulah Street on the west to the east Hwys. 10 and 63 split, plus a revamp of the Main and Piety streets intersection, according to Stephanie Christiansen of MCS (a firm hired by the DOT to guide the project).
El Paso held its annual El Paso Days celebration this past weekend.
A crew from Regions Hospital in St. Paul recorded a mock motorcycle accident along CTH O south of Hwy. 10 in the Town of Trimbelle Wednesday involving the Ellsworth Ambulance Service, Ellsworth Fire Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Nearly all of Jason Janke’s two decades as an educator has been spent in his hometown area.
The Ellsworth Police Department held its eighth annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event in East End Park August 5.