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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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.
It seems right Jason Nilssen is being welcomed to the Our Family brand of foods at the same time he's adding Ellsworth's supermarket to his family's grocery businesses. Last month, Nilssen switched the main supplier at his store in Baldwin to Nash-Finch, which has long served the outlet here most recently known as Hinck's Economart. The fourth generation of his family to be a grocer, he and wife Teresa have bought the local establishment from Steve and Sue Hinck and, due to the change, both properties will be served by a common supplier, carrying that Our Family brand.
Donations of blood have flowed over 30 years as Ellsworth High School's contribution to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. The EHS Student Council began hosting annual bloodmobile visits at the school in 1982, School Nurse Sharlene Kreye said Thursday. They were increased to twice annually in 1999. Former student Stacy (Fagerland) Henning attended a planning meeting at EHS for special 30th anniversary festivities during the next visit, scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the old high school gym.
TOWN OF MARTELL--The cause of a fire at the Pierce County Highway Department's Martell shop was unknown as of Friday. "We're waiting for official word on the cause," County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said. The blaze was reported to the Ellsworth Fire Department Feb. 7 around 10:30 p.m. The shop is located at N8017 510th St. in the Town of Martell, near the intersection of 510th and Hwy. 63. Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald Feb. 22.
Business is what Jonas Gonstead's career is all about. The new manager of Associated Bank's Ellsworth office has business people in his family, has held business positions with area banks in the past, serves business interests with an organization he co-founded and hopes to teach business classes in the future. Although Gonstead will oversee all activities in Associated's local branch, he didn't find much difference last week between his new role and his previous business-focused posts.
Working on cars was a favorite activity for Jeff Leonard when he was in high school. "I had a '73 Monte Carlo," Leonard said Wednesday about one of the best vehicles he owned as a youth. Although the Ellsworth native's career path has taken him in a couple different directions since then, auto mechanics has been part of much of it. His latest venture is not only related, but under his ownership--Harold's Tire and Lube. Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 22.
A request for a public address system to be used at meetings was presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Nick Even, school district resident, asked for the system so attendees can hear what's going on at the meetings. Even, who gave board members a letter about his request, said he's raised the issue in the past, but didn't believe anything had come of it. He also said he's discussed the matter with Carolyn Small, a specialist for the hard of hearing from Eau Claire.
It took a while for Pete Brooks to get convinced home-schooling is the way to go when it comes to his children's education. "Initially I wasn't in favor of it," Brooks said Thursday, indicating his change of mind "was a slow process." Actually, he and wife Nancy had become interested in the concept before they decided to have children, Brooks said, noting neither had been home-schooled themselves. They were exposed to it and ended up attending conferences where it was spoken about, mainly when they lived in the Western U.S. He did a lot of reading and research on the subject, he said.