Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. 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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The obstacles to good health for 21-month-old Ava Schutz are so overwhelming that hope seems elusive. Her parents, Jared and Jessa, have been told the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patient will continue to take the medications and therapy she's now receiving for the rest of her life. They've also been made aware the average life expectancy for such patients is between 25 and 35 years.
The old saying, "It's always darkest before the dawn," is one people who are struggling through life may be able to relate to. Daylight for strugglers from this area appears to be on the horizon with the arrival of the Assistance and Resource Center (ARC). The River Falls-based non-profit organization expanded into the territory covered by the Ellsworth School District effective the first of this year, according to Board Chairperson Lori Rodewald. The ARC provides assistance to people of all ages and from all walks of life--most anybody, Rodewald said Wednesday.
"Brain tumors fear me" has become a kind of rallying cry as six-year-old Aiden Murphy battles a tumor. He's not alone in the fight. There are his parents, Shane and Melissa, plus his sisters, MacKenzie, 15, Preslie, two, and Mia, nine months.
Four bridge overlays, eight guardrail replacements, three box culverts, an upgrade to CTH F and a return to CTH K are on the Pierce County Highway Department road project schedule this construction season. "The county board approved a $7 million bond issue for highway work," Commissioner Chad Johnson said Thursday, reminding the public they can visit www.co.pierce.wi.us/Highway/Highway_Main.html and click on "2013 Road Projects" to be updated on project progress, with road closures highlighted. The four bridge overlays are on CTH EE, 2.6 miles west of CTH D in the Town of Hartland, on CTH N
Improvement projects at four separate locations on Hwys. 63 and 35 in the Pierce County vicinity are coming this construction season. The jobs on Hwy. 63 both involve two-lane bridge replacements, according to Wendy Maves, Northwest Region Project Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Eau Claire office. The contracts for these new bridges have already been let. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 23.
For the first time in a long time, the Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) has a lot of office space to use. The relocated headquarters in the former Lawrence Studio building is almost overwhelming, as shown by PCHA President John Norquist this week.
A band trip, the 2013-14 calendar and dates related to the facilities plan were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The trip will be to San Antonio, Tex., during spring break of the 2013-14 school year. EHS Band Director John Kleppe said approximately 50 students and five chaperones are expected to participate. Arrangements are being made by the same company the school has used for the last three trips.
Like the hills they sometimes ride, snowmobilers are finding this winter season to be an up-and-down proposition for conditions conducive to their sport. Milder temperatures and unusual January rains have diminished the amount of snow covering trails in the county.
The mysteries are more than meets the eye for the Great River Road Theatre Company's production of "Alibis." "Someone who likes to solve a mystery--this is the play for them," Director Judy Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson apparently wasn't only referring to the plot of the murder mystery/comedy by Peter Kennedy. Last week, there were other aspects the theatre troupe had yet to solve in the days remaining before opening night on Friday, Feb. 8. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 16.
Six decades after being assumed by one family, the management of Snowball's Bar has passed to another generation--again. Luke Fleming and fiancé Jenna Strusz are among the latest members of the ownership team, with Fleming now representing the family whose involvement in the East Ellsworth business began in the 1950s, he said Thursday. Luke and Angie Nelson bring another family to the management mix. "A friend talked me into it," Nelson said about how he became a co-owner, referring to Fleming.