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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In looking inward while between pastors, an Ellsworth church congregation has been looking outward, too. After the retirement of Pastor Harlen Menk this past spring, English Lutheran Church members hired "Church Doctor Ministries" through the Lutherans' Northwest Synod in Chetek to help assess the congregation's present condition and determine its future direction. A group of the members, including Melissa Bisila, Kelly Church, Heidi Gutting, Pat Linder and Billy Penn, discussed the effort Tuesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 15.
As Ellsworth school officials struggle with budget issues, related topics will be taken to district residents in a presentation Monday, Dec. 13. Lisa Voisin, director of public finance for Robert W. Baird and Company, consultants to the local district, will deliver the presentation at 5 p.m. in the Hillcrest Elementary School gym, according to Superintendent Barry Cain.
The Ellsworth School Board decided Monday to use a Federal Education Jobs Fund award to help with the district's budget. The local schools have received $390,122 to be applied toward either existing jobs or others as part of expansion in either the 2010-11 or 2011-12 school terms, or both, Superintendent Barry Cain explained.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Evangelical Free Church has been expanded and given a more church-like look in the process. An approximately 1,700 square foot addition was built on the front of the church, according to Pastor Philip Bloomdahl.
Animals sometimes seem better able to understand people than other people do. At least that's what Molly Hines, author of the newly published "Sir Domingo," suggested Thursday. The book is named after an Arab quarter horse Hines owned for 29 years until he died last year. They developed a relationship so close the horse literally ate the same foods she did, including Starburst and Skittles candy, she said. He'd also drink Diet Pepsi directly from the can. She called the animal her "best friend." Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 10.
A single mother, Carla Carlstrom has worked all of her life. But Carlstrom has had to take a break from her employment as a registered nurse at a Spring Valley health care facility after being diagnosed with lung cancer. A benefit for the River Falls area resident will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, at the El Paso Basement Bar. Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 10.
ELMWOOD--First, there was comfort food, and now the Elmwood Food Pantry has found a place where the goods it provides to those in need can be dispensed in comfort. The Glen-Dor Professional Building at 108 S. Main St. in Elmwood will be the local food pantry's new home, beginning in December. Glenn and Dorothy Nelson, life-long Elmwood residents, are donating the use of part of the building for the pantry's purposes. "We've had people interested in renting the space, but thought why not help out the community in this way?" Glenn Nelson said Friday about the couple's donation.
The 2010-11 budget was finalized by the Ellsworth School Board early this week. A total levy of $8,014,111 was certified by the board after members adopted the budget during their special meeting Monday, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. This represents a 4.01 percent increase in the levy over last year's budget, Cain said Thursday.
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Name: Tom Gunderson Age: 46 Hometown: River Falls Occupation: Patrol Sergeant, Pierce County Sheriff's Department Family: Wife Liz, daughters, Megan, a sophomore at UW-Stout, and Molly, a senior at River Falls High School Education: 1982 River Falls High School graduate, 1982-'87, UW-River Falls, sociology, 2007-'09, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at UW-Platteville, 2009-present, Masters in criminal justice administration at UW-Platteville Besides being on-the-job with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Tom Gunderson has gone back to school in the interest of furthering him