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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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.
SPRING VALLEY--The music which was born along with the Baby Boomers is the specialty of a band returning to Spring Valley Sunday, Sept. 12. "The Whitesidewalls Rock 'N' Roll Revue" will bring back the sounds of the 1950s and early '60s when they play for 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. shows at the Spring Valley Theatre. The Spring Valley Adult Community Choir will perform, too. "We were there in the spring," Pat Brown of the group said Thursday of a previous Spring Valley appearance, explaining the quintet does ballroom events, but mainly provides entertainment.
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.