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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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.
The hiring of John Groh to succeed the retiring Leona Johnson as Hillcrest Elementary School Principal was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Groh has been a sixth grade teacher at the middle school. In a statement to the board during the public comment period of Monday's meeting, he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to teach over the last 16 years and for the opportunity to be the principal. He looked forward to working with Johnson and Prairie View/Lindgren Principal Mary Zimmerman during the transition. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 13.
The amount of recyclable materials marketed by Pierce County's recycling center dropped last year to the lowest level since 2008, according to the annual report from the county's solid waste department. This downturn was recorded despite two new recycling collection programs being established in 2011, along with a new collection site location. Approximately 2,655 tons of recyclables were marketed last year, in contrast with the record high of 4,949 tons recorded a year earlier.
A song once popularized by actress Doris Day included the refrain, "Que Sera, Sera...What will be, will be..." Area students will get an opportunity to sample what might be in store for them, career-wise, when the second Ellsworth High School Career Expo is held this fall. Organizers have been planning the event since around the first of this year, APEX Teacher Dave Berg of the committee said Thursday, and have it scheduled for Friday, Sept.