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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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.
When the Pierce County 4-H Llama Project needed new leaders, representatives of the Veritas Seekers 4-H Club answered the call. Patty Patterson, a leader of the 25-member club (along with Pam Knutson), and her husband, Brian, succeeded original Project Leaders Norris and Kay Berg in the role last year.
Remember when people dressed up to go to the Pierce County Fair? Or when horse racing was a big fair attraction? Or when attendees brought their own lunches to the fair? A group of Ellsworth Care Center residents has these memories from past county fairs and more. And although they don't often go to the fair now, it seems to them like only yesterday... Mildred Christopherson and Evelyn Swanson recalled getting new clothes for the occasion. For Swanson, it was always a new dress.
To tell whether they've had a few too many drinks to drive safely, most people rely on feelings. But feelings aren't an accurate way to determine sobriety, dependent on too many variables like food intake, perspiration and body type. And although formal testing to verify blood alcohol content is precise as well as legal, it's not practical when drinking is done in a public place.
TOWN OF HARTLAND--Although Tana Langer isn't working full-time in her desired occupation, at least she's got part-time jobs in two vocations where she's experienced. Langer's taking over as clerk for the Town of Hartland from Gayle Noll. The new clerk is also a substitute teacher in the area. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 4.
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.