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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For the third time in recent history, the Ellsworth Fire Department's service territory has been expanded. Effective this month, the Village of Maiden Rock has contracted with the EFD for fire services. Village President Judy Johnson-Daleiden confirmed the arrangement late last month, a pact EFD Chief Brent Langer said Friday is for two years. "This first time, we'll go for two years and see how it works," Langer said about the renewable contract. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 12.
Used to be, the Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) didn't have much about the history of the Town of Hartland among its holdings. This lack of records on the town's past has been remedied. Hartland native Roland Krogstad has written "Hartland Heritage: A History of Hartland Township," a 462-page book containing information from the town's pre-settlement through 2009. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 29.
Undaunted by a few minor setbacks, Mary Hines keeps on donating blood. Most of the glitches encountered by Hines since she's been giving blood, which dates to after her marriage in the mid-1960s, have been out of her control. Nonetheless, the River Falls native is a regular at American Red Cross Bloodmobile visits to Ellsworth and plans to be there again when the bloodmobile comes to Zion Covenant Church here on Jan. 3, 2011, from noon to 6 p.m. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 22.
Almost unprecedented for this early in the season is what snowmobilers must be saying about the nearly two feet of snow now on the ground in Pierce County. Considering the many winters without much of the white stuff snowmobiling enthusiasts have endured, this month's abundance should be a welcome development.
Any upgrade to the Main and Piety streets intersection in Ellsworth might involve widening and adding a turn lane to the latter street rather than installing traffic signals at the corner, as was suggested earlier. "We'd like to look at other options first," said Greg Helgeson, traffic safety engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (DOT) Eau Claire office, during a Pierce County Traffic Safety Commission meeting Wednesday. The intersection's location at the bottom of a hill isn't ideal, Helgeson said as one reason for pursuing alternatives to the signals.
Could there someday be students attending Ellsworth schools who never set foot in any of the district's buildings? This was just one of the issues pondered when the possibility of offering a virtual school in the future was presented to the local school board Monday.
Jessica Roberts' life has its share of déjà vu. Fifteen years ago, Roberts met Clayton Bradley at a Menomonie dance club. Then, they went their separate ways: she working at bars here and he joining the Marines. Since Bradley returned to this area after 10 years of military service in California, she looked him up and they're now pursuing a common interest together, he said Thursday. Four-and-a-half years ago, Roberts was employed at Furlong's Bar in Ellsworth's west business district, she said. She's spent the last three years in a job at Scottie's Bar nearby.
In looking inward while between pastors, an Ellsworth church congregation has been looking outward, too. After the retirement of Pastor Harlen Menk this past spring, English Lutheran Church members hired "Church Doctor Ministries" through the Lutherans' Northwest Synod in Chetek to help assess the congregation's present condition and determine its future direction. A group of the members, including Melissa Bisila, Kelly Church, Heidi Gutting, Pat Linder and Billy Penn, discussed the effort Tuesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 15.
As Ellsworth school officials struggle with budget issues, related topics will be taken to district residents in a presentation Monday, Dec. 13. Lisa Voisin, director of public finance for Robert W. Baird and Company, consultants to the local district, will deliver the presentation at 5 p.m. in the Hillcrest Elementary School gym, according to Superintendent Barry Cain.
The Ellsworth School Board decided Monday to use a Federal Education Jobs Fund award to help with the district's budget. The local schools have received $390,122 to be applied toward either existing jobs or others as part of expansion in either the 2010-11 or 2011-12 school terms, or both, Superintendent Barry Cain explained.