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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Area students bested their counterparts statewide by consistently scoring above them in the most recent round of state testing. Results from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) testing for 2010-11, done in November, were announced late last month by the state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Fourth, eighth and 10th graders go through the most extensive testing, involving five subjects, while third, fifth, sixth and seventh graders are tested in two subjects. Most questions were multiple choice, but some required short-essay answers.
An ever-changing business, but a singular focus for Steve Vogt, career-wise. Even before he graduated from Red Wing's high school in 1958, Vogt was already working in the parts industry. From that after-school job, he kept employed at parts companies and stores beyond traditional retirement age. And now at 71-years-old, the Bay City native so enjoys his occupation, he almost seemed reluctant last week about his final day at Ellsworth Auto Parts, Inc., (also known as Behrens Supply Company) April 22. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 20.
Summer maintenance projects were previewed by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The projects are part of a continuing effort to maintain district facilities, yet stay manageable within the district's budget, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. "There are some large projects which we simply don't have enough money to do," Cain said, mentioning asbestos abatement and track replacement as examples. However, the board's buildings, grounds and transportation committee has been presented these smaller undertakings, he said.
Since Sara DesLauriers became a hair stylist, she's been working her way from west and south of Ellsworth to back home here. Beginning next Monday, DesLauriers will be about as close to home while on-the-job as it gets. The local native will start renting a chair from her mother, Tammy, at Hair Designs by Tammy along Main Street in Ellsworth's west business district. "This has always been a goal of mine," she said Wednesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 13.
Open enrollment applications were approved by the Ellsworth School Board early this week. Superintendent Barry Cain said Tuesday all of the applications except one were approved. Information on the applications for 2011-12 from the local school district office shows the following transfers in: --Plum City (not attending Ellsworth schools now), one 4K student, one fifth grade student, one 10th grade student and one eighth grade student, (already in district), one 11th grade student; --Prescott (not attending Ellsworth schools now), one 4K student and one first grade student, (already in dis
Despite losing two of its top personnel, the medical director for the Ellsworth Ambulance Service is optimistic about the service's future. Dr. Christopher Tashjian of the Ellsworth Medical Center said Friday Bill Brookshaw and Brenda Kenall, who recently resigned as the service's director and assistant, respectively, will be missed.
Book sales aren't new to the Ellsworth Public Library, but the organizers for the next one are. The new "Friends of the Library" group will hold their first such sale Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Although this is a library event, it won't be located in that facility, but right underneath in the same building, according to Library Director Shelley Anderson and Angie Bjork of the Friends. The Senior Citizens Center has allowed use of its space on the library's lower level.
"Working together" was the theme for Pastor Matthew Anderson's presentation as speaker at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday. The pastor of CrossRoad Community Church in Ellsworth illustrated how people can be "better together" by using an analogy from the county fair. At the horse pull, one horse can pull six tons, he said, but two horses can pull 36 tons. "That's not addition, it's multiplication," he said. Read more in the print version of the Herald March 30.
BAY CITY--To the arsenal of measures taken in the interest of young people's well-being, add a modern-day art form. That's the idea behind the latest project being undertaken by Linda Flanders of Taproot, Inc., in Bay City. Flanders has embarked on the development of a mobile media arts lab using community education in this area.
For the second time in less than a month, the Ellsworth School Board has reached a contract agreement with the local teachers' union. The latest pact is for the next school term and includes concessions from the teachers, according to Superintendent Barry Cain and several board members involved in the negotiations.