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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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.
It all began with an event he wanted to go to and what she'd rather do when they got there. Fifteen years later, things have changed and both now have a common getaway interest, so they're giving up her diversion. Kerry and Cheryl Johnson, local couple who operate the Rock N' Roll Café in Ellsworth, have sold their other business, K&C Concessions, to Bridget and Dennis Armbruster and Brent and Mary Spriggle.
A home-based business is what Judy Ortwerth had in mind when she thought about keeping busy in retirement. And Judy's Sweet Treats may happen at her Ellsworth home yet someday, Ortwerth said Thursday. But due to the generosity of Cheryl Johnson at the local Rock N' Roll Café, the retiree has been able to get her venture started much earlier than she originally imagined. "Cheryl offered to have me come in and do some baking," Ortwerth said, grateful for the opportunity to use the café's downstairs kitchen Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.
Matt Simpson was working on an older house in Glenwood City when his career as an emergency responder began. Initially, Simpson's involvement as a responder was with the fire department there, he said. The fire chief recruited him upon seeing his carpentry skills applied to the residence, figuring such knowledge would be valuable for him in fighting structure fires. "I lived right next door to the fire hall," he said about his chances being good to get noticed when the department needed help. Almost immediately, the Durand area native became the unit's director, he said.
The creation of a communications specialist position for the district was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain said the position being recommended by the board's communications committee will be held by someone who's focused on providing a lot of information and who's well-versed in technology. Cain favored trying to find an existing part-time school employee to fill the post, which he estimated would involve 15 hours of work per week, include 21 non-student days and five vacation days, at a total cost of approximately $15,000.