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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Talk about capturing the fabric of the community. Organizers of a local sesquicentennial project at the Ellsworth Public Library have done just that with a fabric art mural. "The Long and Winding Road: Celebrating Ellsworth's 150th Anniversary" is the name of the mural display previewed at an event on May 6. "We're using dowls to hold up the 20 pieces placed side-by-side," Library Director Shelley Anderson said, inviting the public to look to the center of the library's west wall, now through August, to see it. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 9.
HAGER CITY--If--like a cat--Chris Larson has nine lives, those remaining can hardly be as medically challenging as the ones he's already lived. This Thursday, Larson will mark the 25th anniversary of his heart transplant by visiting his physician for his annual check-up. Doctor's visits are as natural for the Hager City resident as catching mice would be if he really was a cat. But he'd much rather be at a tractor pull. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 2.
For the most part, area students beat their counterparts statewide when it comes to scores from the most recent round of state testing. The results for 2011-12 from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) testing, done last fall, were announced last month by the state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
One of the biggest challenges for Heather Logelin, foundation director at River Falls Area Hospital (RFAH), is making the public aware of availabilities at the hospital. Logelin told Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday area residents are driving elsewhere for services they can get right here in Western Wisconsin.
For Jay Nesseth, show business didn't start with an acting gig--his road to stardom began with singing. Nesseth said Wednesday he was a singer in the choir at Ellsworth's St. Francis Catholic Church when he met Judy Johnson, the director of many productions by the Great River Road Theatre in Prescott. It was shortly after Easter one year when Johnson encouraged him to become involved with that troupe.
The low bid of $406,296 plus a $12,000 alternate from Peterson Companies of the Twin Cities for track reconstruction was accepted by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The bid was higher than the $300,000 to $350,000 for the first two feet plus another $50,000 for a four-foot sub-cut which had been estimated by Cliff Buhman of Inspec, consultant hired by the school district for the project.
Taking pride in the community is part of Ellsworth's sesquicentennial celebration this year. Among related activities the sesquicentennial committee has promoted is cleaning up public properties. Members want the village to be a welcoming place as it hopefully hosts many visitors during its 150th anniversary. In that spirit, village officials are expanding the annual spring yard and debris clean-up later this month. On their behalf, Police Chief Greg Place has emphasized the need to expand it in residential neighborhoods. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 11.
Producers know there must be freezing nights and thawing days for the sap needed for maple syrup to run well. Those conditions usually occur in March, the normal height of the maple-tapping season. But in the unusual winter recently ended, the freeze-and-thaw cycle came much earlier--back in February and even January, when it did syrup makers no good. Lyle Stockwell of S and S Sugarbush, southwest of Ellsworth, has tapped maple trees at the same stand for 53 years, originally partnering with his late father-in-law, Floyd Snow.
Actors have stunt doubles, so why not interim advisors for 4-H and Youth Agents? When Frank Ginther, Pierce County's agent, was assigned to a 25 percent position with the State of Wisconsin, the temporary part-time advisor job was created here. It's not surprising county officials turned to Jessica Sprain to fill it; after all, Sprain's doing similar duty in St. Croix County under a like arrangement. "I'm now at 35 percent in St.
Videos for the community's sesquicentennial celebration and to benefit youth were proposed to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Linda Flanders of Taproot, Inc., and the Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (PCCJCC) pitched one video idea to help promote the village's 150th anniversary. Flanders envisioned video clips being taken of events related to the celebration, then compiled as a music video complete with fireworks coverage.