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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While area schools were welcoming back students for the fall term Wednesday, one former school site was nearly ready for a new purpose. Instead of reading, writing and arithmetic, the ex-Sunnyside Elementary School northeast of Ellsworth will now be home to a logo printing operation. Bill Jiang is moving his Promotions Click business from Hastings, Minn., to the property along CTH G, east of Hwy.
A mill rate of 8.87, an increase of 1.92 percent over last year, was included in the budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. Representing tax per $1,000 of valuation, the mill rate projected for 2010-11 compares to an 8.70 rate for the 2009-10 year. The total school tax levy in the latest budget plan amounts to $7,843,995, an increase of $151,224 from the $7,692,771 levy in '09-'10.
MAIDEN ROCK--Members of the band "Kazyak" have had some bright ideas since they've been playing music together the last six years, but they're really beginning to see the light. Like many young adults, Jed Anderson, Peter Frey and Danny Vitali wanted to get away from home once they graduated in 2008 from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., where they'd met, Vitali said Thursday.
Ellsworth School District teachers have pitched in to help upgrade local school buildings. Between 25 and 30 members of the area teachers union participated in work days this past week, according to Peter Dulak, outgoing president of the union's local chapter. "We've been working with trying to have public service be part of what students do, so we decided to lead by example," Dulak said Friday about how the first-time project originated. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 1.
The latest health care changes from an employer's perspective were shared by Linda Hines of Employee Benefits Administration Services, LLC (EBAS) with local chamber of commerce members Thursday. At the outset, Hines referred Thursday's audience to www.healthcare.gov . "The government put up a good (web) site," she said. It addresses issues for a wide range of users, from families with children to senior citizens and employers, she said. A timeline for implementation of new regulations is being followed, from 2010-18.
Three businesses have expressed interest in locating in two Ellsworth developments following a marketing promotion by the village which began earlier this year. Village Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Nelson said Wednesday two of the leads are considering village property in the Crossing Meadows Business Park on Ellsworth's northwest side and one is doing likewise for such property in the East End Industrial Park.
Area students will get to experience employment opportunities during a Career Expo being planned by Ellsworth High School at the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 17. Parents and the public are invited. The list of exhibitors keeps growing, APEX Instructor Dave Berg of EHS said Wednesday. Participation continues to increase, too, as all local students in grades eight and up will attend, as will approximately 100 students from Plum City High School, plus some students from Prescott and St.
A move to Ellsworth by a sex offender whose offense level requires a community notification meeting was discussed at that meeting Tuesday. Officials attending the session, including Ellsworth Police Chief Greg Place, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle and Jodi Voegeli, sex offender registration specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), indicated the offender must meet registration requirements, but isn't on any type of supervision.
A preview of the 2010-11 district budget was given to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain presented a proposed budget including a total levy of $7,843,995, representing a change of 1.93 percent from the past year, and a mill rate of 8.87, a change of 1.92 percent. Total revenue in the proposal amounts to $16,887,376 and total expenditures are $17,094,959.
Whether their vantage point is from up above or down below, attendees at the Pierce County Fair, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 12-15, will be within view of fairgrounds improvements. At least three projects to upgrade the grounds have been accomplished by his work crew this spring and summer, Groundskeeper Kenny Hines said. They involve the shelter, the grandstand and the west parking lot. A new metal roof was installed on the shelter, Hines said.