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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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.
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.