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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Name: Tom Gunderson Age: 46 Hometown: River Falls Occupation: Patrol Sergeant, Pierce County Sheriff's Department Family: Wife Liz, daughters, Megan, a sophomore at UW-Stout, and Molly, a senior at River Falls High School Education: 1982 River Falls High School graduate, 1982-'87, UW-River Falls, sociology, 2007-'09, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at UW-Platteville, 2009-present, Masters in criminal justice administration at UW-Platteville Besides being on-the-job with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Tom Gunderson has gone back to school in the interest of furthering him
Name: Nancy Hove Age: 44 Hometown: Hager City Occupation: Sheriff Clubs, organizations, civic involvement: DARE.
BELDENVILLE--God said, "Let there be light," and members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Beldenville are now using sunlight to save energy. A new solar panel system went into operation at the church near CTH N and 530th Street this week. Gus Olson, a church member who owns Energy Independence Group, proposed and engineered the system. "From a faith perspective, it's the right thing to do," Pastor John Sutherland said Thursday, explaining energy conservation compliments the church's mission to promote stewardship of the earth. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 13.
BC Legionnaires make ex-church their home By Bill Kirk BAY CITY--For the first time in the Bay City American Legion Post's 64-year history, local Legionnaires aren't heading to the village hall for their meetings. The Post has moved to the former United Methodist Church and hosted its first community event there late last month.
Businesses have the need and John Johnson has the answer. Johnson promotes his A Plus Cleaning Solutions as "The Number One Answer to All Your Cleaning Needs." The local native, who provides janitorial services to mainly commercial accounts, recently joined the local chamber of commerce. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 6.
Oake C. Gregory, Plum City, has declared his write-in candidacy for Pierce County Sheriff. Gregory is seeking the position as an independent, stating he is representing the people of Pierce County. The other candidates for the position are first-term incumbent Nancy Hove and Tom Gunderson, a partol sergeant with the Sheriff's Department. The election will be Tuesday, Nov. 2. Read more in the Oct. 6 print version of the Pierce County Herald or the Oct. 7 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
The first phase of a multi-phase project at the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery progressed this week. A new 17,000 square foot storage building for cheese was becoming visible just northwest of the present plant. General Manager and CEO Paul Bauer said the structure will include a 100-by-100 foot area for coolers plus another 7,000 square feet of room. "We were cramped for space," Bauer said Wednesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 6.
"Six Klecker brothers become parents to seven children in one year," read a headline in the Herald in the fall of 1941. The brothers were pictured holding their then-young offspring. The photo was taken at the John Klecker home in the Town of El Paso by their sister, Hilda Wussler. Sixty-nine years later, the children they held during that '41 gathering assembled for a family reunion Saturday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 29.
If crops' growth could be told by looking at a grandfather clock, recent extreme weather means the pendulum would have really swung this season. Thursday, Soil Conservationist Jon Krauss of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department described the summer just ending as wetter than normal, and warmer and more humid than normal.
MAIDEN ROCK--A bit of Europe, a touch of Mexico and a generous helping of color await the public at the Secret Heart Gallery in Maiden Rock. Owner B.J. Christofferson promotes her gallery as a place where she intends to explore the heart, which she describes as "the center of life, strength and understanding." "I create small worlds, each with their own reality," Christofferson said about the three-dimensional art she displays. Much of this is found in an indoor porch of the 107-year-old house she had converted for the business.