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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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.
MAIDEN ROCK--Cynde Randall likes swans, but there's more behind the name of her Maiden Rock business--Swan Song Contemporary Arts--than that. Randall is also concerned about the planet, she said, being highly interested in the eco-arts, which have a connection to nature.
Purchase of a school bus was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The 2011 International 66-passenger bus is a "basic, stock model," according to Denny Langer, the school district's transportation supervisor. Langer said the recent approach in buying buses has been to find the lowest price, yet match the existing fleet. The district mechanic's input is also taken into account. Information provided board members showed the price of the bus is $78,882 and the extended warranty on the engine and engine electronics, plus brakes, costs $2,316.
TOWN OF SALEM--A group of 10 former members billing themselves as the Friends of Salem Church has joined with other volunteers to restore a cemetery at the site where Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church once stood. Other than mowing, the cemetery hadn't been upgraded since the then-vacant church was taken down in 1987 and badly needed improvements, according to May Ramberg of River Falls, who agreed to provide the Herald with information about the restoration project, but didn't want special credit for her efforts.
The state's Department of Transportation (DOT) is examining whether improvements are needed to the Main and Piety streets intersection in Ellsworth--including the possible installation of traffic signals there--at the request of village officials, who were contacted by a local citizen with the signals idea earlier this summer. The matter was an item at a meeting of the Pierce County Traffic Safety Commission Wednesday.