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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Superintendent Barry Cain updated the local budget process in light of developments at the state level for the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Cain said a big part of Gov. Scott Walker's state budget proposal addresses the funding of education.
"Think big" was the theme chosen by Ellsworth Middle School's student council for this term and, when it came time to submit a nomination for their statewide organization's Administrator of the Year award, they did just that. Students from the approximately 50-member council at EMS wrote a nomination supporting both Principal Paul Uhren and Assistant Principal Tim Brunner for the award, the winning pair said last week.
Open enrollment applications recorded by area schools last month showed mixed interest. Last week, the Ellsworth and Plum City districts reported applicant activity this February was above that from February of 2010, while activity in the Elmwood and Spring Valley districts was below their reports from a year ago. However, only in Ellsworth and Plum City were the number of students who indicated they're considering transferring out this fall higher than the previous year.
The meal Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members are accustomed to consuming at their monthly meetings was accompanied by food for thought Thursday. The mind portion of their intake came from Registered Dietitian Debra Sanders of Allina Nutrition and Workplace Wellness, who spoke on "Making Good Health a Way of Life." Sanders discussed making healthy food choices, weight loss tips, cooking healthy, incorporating some exercise and finding ways to reduce stress. Read more in the print version of the Herald March 2.
The Ellsworth School Board has reached an agreement on salaries and benefits with the local teachers' union. The agreement is for the last and present school terms (2009-10 and 2010-11), according to Superintendent Barry Cain. It calls for a 3.8 percent increase in salaries and benefits yearly for both terms. However, salaries alone are increased by 1.16 percent for the '09-'10 term and decrease by .36 percent for the '10-'11 term. Read more in the print version of the Herald March 2.
Three area males have been found guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court following a vehicle egging spree in Ellsworth last fall which Police Chief Greg Place called one of the most far-reaching in his memory. Caleb J. Beebe, 20, Ellsworth, Cody J. Books, 18, Bay City, and Lucas M. Morth, 20, Hager City, were each found guilty earlier this month on two counts of party to criminal damage to property.
Two partners in a well-established Ellsworth business intend to build on its full-service reputation. Kris Flock and Gordy Hies have assumed management of The Service Agency, an insurance fixture in the village's west business district. Flock said Thursday the agency's been around since 1915, so will celebrate a 100th anniversary in just a few years. Between the 14 years of experience he cited with insurance-related enterprises and Hies' 36 years, the pair's combined careers put them halfway toward a similar milestone. Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 23.
The Ellsworth Public Library is looking for a few good friends. The few. The proud. These Friends of the Library may not accomplish their mission with the precision of a Marine, as depicted in that military branch's well-known TV ad campaign, but organizers hope they'll be just as dependable. The first organizational meeting is set for Tuesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 23.
The Ellsworth School Board Monday acted on issues regarding the levy override referendum to be held Tuesday, April 5. The board approved two resolutions related to the referendum. The first authorizes the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $1,300,000 for three years for non-recurring purposes. The second provides for the referendum election on the question of approving the first. Dates, times and locations for two public information meetings about the referendum were also scheduled. One will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School.
In the midst of the tax season, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members heard about some tax changes Thursday. Lonnie Feuerhelm of Feuerhelm Langer Ltd. told the difference between corporations and LLCs. The latter offer corporation-like protection, but also provide tax options, Feuerhelm said. Their purpose is to simplify arrangements for small businesses. "You don't need to keep minutes," he cited as one example of a requirement corporations face. Section 179 of the code addresses tax breaks, he said. Business owners can now write off the entire amount of some purchases for the first year.