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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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.
The newest veterinarian at Pierce Veterinary Clinic really isn't new to the clinic at all. Jennifer Belz, DVM, mentored with owner Frank During, DVM, and Lisa Hansen, DVM, when she was an undergraduate student at UW-River Falls. Belz said Wednesday, although she joined the clinic as a veterinarian this spring, their association dates to the early 2000s and continued while she was in veterinary school. "I did ride-alongs with them," she said. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 7.
SPRING VALLEY--Design has been a big part of Elizabeth Lee's life, so when the 2007 Spring Valley High School graduate learned early this year about 3M's first Tape Sculpture Contest, entering it came naturally. Lee ended up parlaying her creative ways into the contest's top prize of $5,000 and a year's supply of tape. "I suppose I could use it to make another sculpture," she said Wednesday, referring to the 36 rolls of packaging tape she won, a whole case.
The ideal career for Nina Borchowiec would be employment with a non-profit group doing restoration work, she said Friday. Borchowiec's duties in the Americorps Vista position with Pierce and Dunn counties' UW-Extension offices should prepare her for just such a future.
Another new record was set--this time for number of participants--in the collection of unwanted and unused pharmaceutical waste during this spring's Pierce County Clean Sweep. A record-high 75 participants, including 72 residents and three businesses, delivered pharmaceutical waste to the April 17 event, according to a report from the county's solid waste department.
Plans for the new Ellsworth Area Community Youth Ambassador Program were presented to local chamber of commerce members Thursday. Linda Hines of the chamber said interest in the new offering, which replaces the Miss Ellsworth Program, is growing. "I've been getting calls and e-mails," said Hines, who chairs the organizing group. The youth ambassadors will be recruited from area high school juniors, she said. Two youths will be chosen annually, either two boys or two girls, or one boy and one girl.
A member of this year's Ellsworth High School graduating class, Nathan Brenner was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago. After participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk for a Cure the last couple of years, Brenner is now involved in a new local fundraiser.
A new day for an old favorite, the Ellsworth Farmers Market, will be designated when the weekly event returns to East End Park later this summer. The market will operate on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 3 and continuing through Sept. 28, according to Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Assistant Laurel Cox.
The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce office has relocated to the front upstairs area of the M&I Bank building in the village's west business district. The facility, previously occupied by the Pierce County Job Center, provides the office with more space, an indoor entry and windows. The chamber was most recently headquartered in the Compass Financial Services structure's quarters once housing Ritzinger Optometric Clinic.