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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An update on changes in the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program left the Ellsworth School Board Monday with a lot to consider about the program's future here. Administration had recommended dropping the program, which aims to reduce class sizes in the early elementary grades, as part of budget cutting this spring. However, the board decided in April to retain it, at least for the coming school term, because of its educational value. Since then, local enrollment has changed, Superintendent Barry Cain told the board Monday.
Take one bookkeeper, have her work for two different businesses, then interrupt her career to raise a family of four before being hired by a bank, where she's since transferred among three offices. That's Connie Leonard's story. The Ellsworth native is retiring from M&I Bank's local office this month after 21 years with the bank. An open house for her will be held there on Friday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BAY CITY--Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) members are offering a trip back in time as one means of saving the area's history. The annual Pioneer Day will return to the River Bluffs History Center in Bay City on Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PCHA President John Norquist said planning meetings for the event began last fall and resumed early this spring. "The children's games have become especially popular," Norquist said Wednesday, noting youngsters enjoy playing with corn husk dolls and the like. Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald June 16.
The spotlight shone on staff and retirees during the Ellsworth School District's 23rd annual recognition dinner June 8. School Board President Laurie Andrews, who introduced board members, expressed appreciation to a staff she called "awesome." Andrews also saluted outgoing Board Members Mary Erlandson and Steve Georgakas.
A record-high amount of recyclables was marketed by Pierce County's recycling center last year, according to the annual report from the solid waste department. The department marketed a total of 4,813 tons, an increase of 1,756 tons over the previous year, the report states. However, the materials marketed in 2009 generated $345,326 in gross material sales, a decrease of $28,398 from 2008, it states.
With a soft-spoken, modest demeanor, Ellsworth Middle School Principal Steve Broton last week reflected on a career in education during which he's never lost sight of his roots. Broton's assessment of his last 21 years in the local community, upon his retirement this spring, hinted it reminds him of home.
As a high school graduate, all Dennis Zielinski knew about his future was there would be more school. If he even merely mentioned another plan, his father wouldn't hear of it, Zielinski said. His dad, Ray, was a factory worker who'd been unable to continue his own education beyond high school. "He'd give me that stern Polish stare and say, 'you're going to go to college'," Zielinski said. So the Menomonee Falls native headed for UW-Stevens Point to study natural resources.
For people who have business ideas, but need help making them reality, there's hope. Members of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) lend their expertise to these prospective entrepreneurs, Rich Lyon of the organization's Red Wing chapter told the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The group serves to mentor and coach business hopefuls. "Our members are retired engineers, marketers and bank presidents," Lyon said, noting Red Wing's chapter is the smallest of six in Minnesota.
Alternatives to budget cuts proposed earlier in the high school agriculture teacher position, and the danceline and cheerleading programs were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Board members had directed these particular cuts among a list of budget adjustments and enhancements presented early last month be returned to administration for review, further information and input, Superintendent Barry Cain said. On the ag position, Curriculum Director Leona Johnson told the board she's worked with teacher Jordan Liethen about the possibilities, including rolling over some hours into t
SPRING VALLEY--It's kind of a fluke that Heidi Alf ended up with her own hair salon in Spring Valley. When one of her girl friends couldn't work a scheduled shift at the salon Alf now owns, she filled in, she said Thursday. Soon, she was coming down regularly from her home in Baldwin. "I had never been in this town before," she said. Not long afterward, former owner Cindy Kongshaug decided to sell the business, previously known as Cindy's Cutting Edge, Alf said.