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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Participation numbers were up and collection numbers represented a record-high when the past fall’s Pierce County Clean Sweep was held at the county’s recycling center in Ellsworth, compared to a year earlier. The event, also a pharmaceutical collection, was attended by 352 vehicles, an increase of 58 vehicles from the 294 vehicles at Pierce’s 2012 fall Clean Sweep, according to a report from the solid waste department.
A carpenter by trade, Ron Reeverts is now building cabinets in a converted barn on a farm along Hwy. 65 in the Town of River Falls.
Marko Septic and Sewer Service in Ellsworth won’t be shutting down operations because new owners for the business have been found, after all. A letter from past owners John and Jean Marko and family, which was published in the Dec. 18 Herald, had indicated the closing would coincide with the end of the year and the Markos would be retiring.
Bridget Kelly and Shane Pruitt were each employed in other fields previously, but both concluded food service is the industry in which they’re meant to be.
It was a full house in the new gym at Ellsworth High School for Hillcrest Elementary School’s Music Concert Friday. Fellow students, parents and school staff were entertained by kindergartners through fourth graders, plus a small group of students.
Pastor Todd Spieker arrived at Bethel Covenant Church, southwest of Ellsworth on CTH KK, just in time for the holiday season. After a special installation service for him a week ago Sunday, Spieker was preparing for two Sundays of Advent, then Christmas, he said Friday. “Then, I can get settled down,” he said about entering his first non-internship position as a pastor. Thinking ahead, he’d like to broaden interest in a church with a congregation presently numbering approximately 70-85 people, he said.
Information about the operational and facility referendum questions going to Ellsworth School District voters on Feb. 18, 2014, was presented to local chamber of commerce members Thursday.
Three public meetings about the Feb. 18, 2014, referendum were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Prairie View Elementary School, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Hillcrest Elementary School and on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Ellsworth High School. The starting time for all three meetings is 6:30 p.m. The structure for the two meetings to be at the elementary schools, on Jan.
While the Panther football players from Ellsworth High School were posting playoff victories this October, most of their ranks were also contributing to a community cause.
The Ellsworth Funsters held their annual Santa Day event Saturday. The event has traditionally been held at Ellsworth’s American Legion Hall, but had to be moved from there due to a conflict. The local Funsters arranged for Santa Claus to be headquartered at the fire hall instead, where he heard youngsters’ wishes and they were treated to holiday movies, prizes and snacks, including pizza. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)