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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Proposed technology projects for the 2011-12 term were presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain and Network Administrator Jason O'Neil discussed the proposals. They include computer lab replacement at an estimated cost of $25,000 (to come from common school funds), engineer costs (a retainer for services through C.I.T.
TOWN OF UNION--Site number 12 on next weekend's Fresh Art Spring Tour is home to some familiar faces for long-time residents of Southern Pierce County. John and Kaye Luetke are on the tour for the first time with their Flaming Fire Art Studio along CTH CC in the Town of Union. It's likely these first-timers will be recognized by many tour goers. After all, the couple operated a candy store in Maiden Rock in the early 1990s and ran a café in that community in the early 2000s.
BAY CITY--Even after almost five years, a lot of people in Bay City and the surrounding community haven't forgotten Jaime Jaenke. Now, those at a Texas military base aren't likely to forget the late Naval Reservist, either. The Navy Petty Officer Second Class was killed June 5, 2006, while serving in Iraq when the Humvee in which she was riding was hit by a roadside bomb in the Al Anbar province.
Area students bested their counterparts statewide by consistently scoring above them in the most recent round of state testing. Results from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) testing for 2010-11, done in November, were announced late last month by the state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Fourth, eighth and 10th graders go through the most extensive testing, involving five subjects, while third, fifth, sixth and seventh graders are tested in two subjects. Most questions were multiple choice, but some required short-essay answers.
An ever-changing business, but a singular focus for Steve Vogt, career-wise. Even before he graduated from Red Wing's high school in 1958, Vogt was already working in the parts industry. From that after-school job, he kept employed at parts companies and stores beyond traditional retirement age. And now at 71-years-old, the Bay City native so enjoys his occupation, he almost seemed reluctant last week about his final day at Ellsworth Auto Parts, Inc., (also known as Behrens Supply Company) April 22. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 20.
Summer maintenance projects were previewed by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The projects are part of a continuing effort to maintain district facilities, yet stay manageable within the district's budget, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. "There are some large projects which we simply don't have enough money to do," Cain said, mentioning asbestos abatement and track replacement as examples. However, the board's buildings, grounds and transportation committee has been presented these smaller undertakings, he said.
Since Sara DesLauriers became a hair stylist, she's been working her way from west and south of Ellsworth to back home here. Beginning next Monday, DesLauriers will be about as close to home while on-the-job as it gets. The local native will start renting a chair from her mother, Tammy, at Hair Designs by Tammy along Main Street in Ellsworth's west business district. "This has always been a goal of mine," she said Wednesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 13.
Open enrollment applications were approved by the Ellsworth School Board early this week. Superintendent Barry Cain said Tuesday all of the applications except one were approved. Information on the applications for 2011-12 from the local school district office shows the following transfers in: --Plum City (not attending Ellsworth schools now), one 4K student, one fifth grade student, one 10th grade student and one eighth grade student, (already in district), one 11th grade student; --Prescott (not attending Ellsworth schools now), one 4K student and one first grade student, (already in dis
Despite losing two of its top personnel, the medical director for the Ellsworth Ambulance Service is optimistic about the service's future. Dr. Christopher Tashjian of the Ellsworth Medical Center said Friday Bill Brookshaw and Brenda Kenall, who recently resigned as the service's director and assistant, respectively, will be missed.
Book sales aren't new to the Ellsworth Public Library, but the organizers for the next one are. The new "Friends of the Library" group will hold their first such sale Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Although this is a library event, it won't be located in that facility, but right underneath in the same building, according to Library Director Shelley Anderson and Angie Bjork of the Friends. The Senior Citizens Center has allowed use of its space on the library's lower level.