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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Jeanne Johnson's been busy in the kitchen for the last 34 years. Not only her kitchen at home, but the one at the Ellsworth Care Center has kept Johnson occupied. Her job in the latter has meant preparing for and cleaning up after meals served to as many as 50 residents daily in recent years. "The amount of time varies with the number of people here," she said Thursday, indicating because the care center's census has increased lately, so has the length of her work shifts. Kitchen duty for her will be limited to what she does at her residence in the village beginning early next month.
TOWN OF EL PASO--For a celebration with the theme "Honoring Our Military Men and Women," who better to serve as parade grand marshals than a couple well acquainted with the military? Merlin and Denise Blaisdell will lead the El Paso Days parade on Sunday, Aug. 21. They have spent much of their married lives with service to their country as an important part. Blaisdell said Wednesday he had a career in the Army and his wife said she has government service in her past. Both have moved frequently in the U.S.
PRESCOTT--Back to the 1950s will go audiences attending the Great River Road Theatre's production of "Bye Bye Birdie," opening in the park across from Prescott Middle School Thursday, July 22. Attendees will go back to some old-fashioned values and a more innocent time, too. Judy Johnson, who's assistant director (Ken Roen is directing), said the story centers on an Elvis-type character in the '50s.
Although cars and trucks dominate the Beldenville Old Car Club Show July 25, antique and collector tractors are invited, too. Among tractor collectors in this area, Randy Bredahl of River Falls prefers Internationals. Of the 40 tractors he presently has in his collection, over three-quarters carry the IH brand. "I started out with Internationals," Bredahl said Wednesday, noting his late father, Raymond, and mother, Lorraine, favored IH. Others the son owns today include five Minneapolis Molines and three John Deeres, he added. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 21.
TOWN OF EL PASO--Dave Bull celebrated his 54th birthday Wednesday. Despite being a special day, it was like every other day for Bull in at least one regard. The Town of El Paso resident lived through the occasion with diabetes. "I have my ups and downs," he said when asked how he was feeling.
Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday got another preview of this fall's local high school career fair. The EHS Career Expo 2010 will be held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth on Friday, Sept. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Believing the difference in student numbers doesn't outweigh the importance of Title I services there, the Ellsworth School Board voted Monday to eliminate the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program at Prairie View Elementary School. In taking the action, the board also retained SAGE at Hillcrest Elementary School, kept Title I at Prairie View as it's been and added two half-time aides to kindergarten at that school. Several board members felt the latest class size projections for Prairie View of 20.5 in kindergarten, 20.3 in first grade, 21.5 in second grade and 21.5 in t
HAGER CITY--Sixty-five years after being discharged from the Army, Donald R. Johnson of Hager City was part of a tribute to his and fellow World War II veterans' military service last month. Johnson was among those chosen for Honor Flight, a June 19 event which took them to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial and be recognized.
Three years ago, Paul Uhren started participating in efforts to design a new middle school for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (GET) School District. Uhren, who was the GET Middle School Principal at the time, didn't know then part of that process would preview his future as an educator. He and the other school officials charged with helping plan the design toured middle school facilities in three area districts to get input for their project.
People who've got to dance will be the main movers and shakers when Polka Fest comes back to the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth this weekend. This year marks three-and-a-half decades of local polka festivities in the summer. The dancers will appear on two wooden floors, accompanied by live music from a dozen bands. They and the public will find lots of related attractions intended to provide fun. The Pierce County Fairgrounds typically host around 2,400 visitors each time the event is held.