Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. 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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A former local resident who's been diagnosed with cancer will be the subject of a benefit this month. The benefit for Lisa Fasbender is planned for Saturday, June 22, from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave., Stacy, Minn. A dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, bread and salad will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner is being donated by Hearthside Pizza of St. Paul; a $10 donation from diners is requested. The Stacy Lions will sell beer and soft drinks, and there will be a DJ to provide entertainment.
Deb Foy didn't set out to be a teacher, but once she entered the classroom, the skills she learned first proved valuable. As a youth, Foy knew she wanted to go to college, she said. However, she began her university education at UW-Stout in Menomonie, headed for vocational rehabilitation. She had planned to become an interpreter--at least until she got into it. "Í realized it wasn't for me," said the recent retiree from 28 years of teaching in the Ellsworth School District. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
A suggestion to discontinue danceline for the 2013-14 school year was accepted by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Over the past two years, the interest in danceline has continued to get smaller and the issue of inconsistent commitment has continued, according to information provided to the board. The girls who have participated in the past are now moving on to other sports. For the 2013-14 school year, there's one girl signed up for danceline, the information states. This girl also signed up for another fall sport knowing of the possibility danceline wouldn't be offered.
Employees stepped into the spotlight at the Ellsworth School District's 26th annual recognition dinner Thursday. Those honored for their service ranged from bus drivers, including Dennis Anderson, Geanna Austin and Richard Foley, with 35 years, plus Kenneth Kinneman with 30 years, to outgoing Board Member Laurie Andrews. Then there were the retirees, whose stories as told by others as well as themselves, drew nostalgia, a few tears, but mainly a lot of laughs.
His father may have been the patient, but Dennis Olson got "cured" of farming while filling in for the ailing head of his family. Today, although Olson lives on a 40-acre hobby farm where he raises crops, the operation doesn't represent his main livelihood. That's been teaching, from which he's retiring at the end of this school term. "I liked it...I'm glad I chose it," he said Thursday of the career as an educator he's had for the past 34 years. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
MAIDEN ROCK--When is it permissible for a graduate of a community school to sleep overnight there? When the school's been converted into a lodging establishment and it's become a place to stay for several alumni attending their class reunion. Harriet Rothe, a member of the former Maiden Rock High School Class of 1953, not only posed this question and answered it herself to be appreciated as a novelty, but is among organizers of a reunion creating this situation.
For the first time in 83 years, the Birkel family won't be represented among the staff of Ellsworth schools this fall. Kathy Birkel explained Friday her father-in-law, John, retired from the local district in 1982. He had begun teaching eight years after his brother, Stanley, did likewise in 1930, she said. Now, the second grade teacher's ending the era with her own retirement at the conclusion of this school term.
Personnel recommendations and open enrollment requests were handled by the Ellsworth School Board during a special meeting Tuesday. The personnel list, which was confirmed last week by the district office to have been approved, included the hires of two principals. They are Jon Dodge as high school assistant principal and Pete Nusbaum as middle school principal. Dodge succeeds the retiring Bill Fuller and Nusbaum takes over for Paul Uhren, whose transfer to director of teaching and learning was okayed last month. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
Open enrollment activity in area schools this year was mixed, as compared to last year. Figures about transfers in and out were slightly lower this time in the Ellsworth and Elmwood districts, but considerably higher in the Plum City and Spring Valley districts. Officials from area districts shared information last week on the number of applications received during the statewide application period, which began in February and ended in April.
Developments on the local business scene were updated for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce last month. Chamber Executive Director Sarah Ries reported Tami Langer of Ellsworth has established Langer Investments in a building behind Plummer Concrete and was to hold an open house last week. Village President Jerry DeWolfe of the chamber announced the groundbreaking for a new assisted living facility in Ellsworth will be held this month.