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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Children have long enjoyed the outdoor summer entertainment series at the Ellsworth Public Library. But there was something missing: adults, other than those accompanying the kids to these afternoon programs. Library officials thought if only they could afford to offer similar outings in the evenings, they could reach a wider (and older) audience.
Several record-high numbers for a spring Pierce County Clean Sweep were realized during the April 21 event, according to a report from the county's solid waste department this week. A record-high 35,601 pounds of total combined waste was collected by Veolia Environmental Services, with which the county contracted for identifying, collecting, packaging, transporting and safely disposing of all the hazardous waste. This was an increase of 10,283 pounds over the 25,318 pounds collected in the spring of a year ago.
Ellsworth native Rico Roman has stepped into the video spotlight again--sort of. The creator of "Jackass"-type videos featuring local friends after he graduated from Ellsworth High School is now working behind-the-scenes for one of the acts on the NBC-TV summer series "America's Got Talent." Zac Gordon of Philadelphia, whom he assists, might be described as a "human anvil," based on the sledgehammered bruising Gordon's body has been taking while performing on the show. "People I know have told me, 'I think I saw you running around out there'," Roman said Friday about viewers of the program w
LUND--A Lund church is holding a benefit for a parishioner who's dealing with cancer for a second time. Sabylund Lutheran Church will host the benefit for Jon Anderson Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Pepin Park Pavilion in Pepin. Anderson was diagnosed with lung cancer this spring, according to his wife, Tammy. "Sixteen years ago, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma," she said Wednesday, a cancer from which he's since recovered. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 18.
Increases in pay for some employees were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. At the recommendation of the personnel committee, the board okayed a 2.5 percent salary increase for three categories of support staff. They are aides, bus drivers and directors/mechanical/superintendent office. Superintendent Barry Cain placed the total cost of the increase for all of those employees to the district at $37,151. They had experienced a 5.9 percent reduction in their salaries last year, Cain said. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 11.
After three-and-a-half decades, at least one thing's the same about the Beldenville Old Car Club Show: it takes a dedicated group of people to keep the event successful. The show and swap meet will again fill the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth on Sunday, July 22, with classic vehicles, farm toys, antique and collector tractors, a car corral, live music, food and more.
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.