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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It seems right Jason Nilssen is being welcomed to the Our Family brand of foods at the same time he's adding Ellsworth's supermarket to his family's grocery businesses. Last month, Nilssen switched the main supplier at his store in Baldwin to Nash-Finch, which has long served the outlet here most recently known as Hinck's Economart. The fourth generation of his family to be a grocer, he and wife Teresa have bought the local establishment from Steve and Sue Hinck and, due to the change, both properties will be served by a common supplier, carrying that Our Family brand.
Donations of blood have flowed over 30 years as Ellsworth High School's contribution to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. The EHS Student Council began hosting annual bloodmobile visits at the school in 1982, School Nurse Sharlene Kreye said Thursday. They were increased to twice annually in 1999. Former student Stacy (Fagerland) Henning attended a planning meeting at EHS for special 30th anniversary festivities during the next visit, scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the old high school gym.
TOWN OF MARTELL--The cause of a fire at the Pierce County Highway Department's Martell shop was unknown as of Friday. "We're waiting for official word on the cause," County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said. The blaze was reported to the Ellsworth Fire Department Feb. 7 around 10:30 p.m. The shop is located at N8017 510th St. in the Town of Martell, near the intersection of 510th and Hwy. 63. Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald Feb. 22.
Business is what Jonas Gonstead's career is all about. The new manager of Associated Bank's Ellsworth office has business people in his family, has held business positions with area banks in the past, serves business interests with an organization he co-founded and hopes to teach business classes in the future. Although Gonstead will oversee all activities in Associated's local branch, he didn't find much difference last week between his new role and his previous business-focused posts.
Working on cars was a favorite activity for Jeff Leonard when he was in high school. "I had a '73 Monte Carlo," Leonard said Wednesday about one of the best vehicles he owned as a youth. Although the Ellsworth native's career path has taken him in a couple different directions since then, auto mechanics has been part of much of it. His latest venture is not only related, but under his ownership--Harold's Tire and Lube. Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 22.
A request for a public address system to be used at meetings was presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Nick Even, school district resident, asked for the system so attendees can hear what's going on at the meetings. Even, who gave board members a letter about his request, said he's raised the issue in the past, but didn't believe anything had come of it. He also said he's discussed the matter with Carolyn Small, a specialist for the hard of hearing from Eau Claire.
It took a while for Pete Brooks to get convinced home-schooling is the way to go when it comes to his children's education. "Initially I wasn't in favor of it," Brooks said Thursday, indicating his change of mind "was a slow process." Actually, he and wife Nancy had become interested in the concept before they decided to have children, Brooks said, noting neither had been home-schooled themselves. They were exposed to it and ended up attending conferences where it was spoken about, mainly when they lived in the Western U.S. He did a lot of reading and research on the subject, he said.
SPRING VALLEY--Experience as a mother is the basis for Ali Kunde's new business. When Kunde had her first child, she was confused about the different kinds of diapers available, for example, she said Wednesday. Realizing others were likely in the same situation, she decided to establish a mom-friendly enterprise to serve them. She now promotes Bizzing Bea Baby as "The Place for Everything Baby." Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 8.
Construction jobs are to be done on separate sections of Hwy. 35 in Pierce County this spring and summer. The targeted portions of what's also known as The Great River Road are in the far southeast corner of the county and on the west side, according to information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) Eau Claire office. One job is a new undertaking and the other is a continuation. Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 1.
Kayhart leaves mark as leader of the band By Bill Kirk For Dan Kayhart, it's been all about the music. When Kayhart arrived as band director at Ellsworth High School in the fall of 2003, he was quoted as saying, "...I look forward to making great music for years to come." Since then, he's maintained a schedule which kept him busy with music-making during much of nine regular school terms and well beyond. "I hope the community understands how great this school is," he said Wednesday, one of his final days in the EHS band director's position.