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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Craig Olson was the first in his family to go to college. At the time, Olson wasn't focused on the career in education he would eventually pursue. He said last week he'd decided on a major in biology by the time he got to college, based on a high school class effort. "I looked up to my 10th grade biology teacher," he said of a Mr. Gunderson.
That the Ellsworth American Legion Post was named after the first local veteran in World War I and the first in World War II to die is fitting. Whether it's Kinne, for whom the Post was originally called, or Englehart, whose name was added later, or the many who've made the ultimate sacrifice since, Legionnaires here never lose sight of them. Memorial Day is an occasion when these brave men and women are uppermost in local Legion members' thoughts.
Proposed maintenance and technology projects were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The maintenance proposals and their estimated costs are: roofing, middle school, $45,000, Prairie View, $3,000; asphalt/sidewalk, high school front parking lot, $7,000, Prairie View and Lindgren sidewalks, $2,000; bus garage/maintenance, purchase two new buses, $170,000, purchase two used vehicles for staff and student travel, $20,000, trade-in tractor to maintain warranty on equipment, $4,000, add six new bus cameras, $10,800, replace two overhead doors in cold storage area, $5,400; pool, cost to
Annette Pullen got started giving blood when she was just out of high school. "I saw a sign about it, so I decided to do it," Pullen said Friday. She couldn't have then known how her help to others would be repaid in her own family. Just a couple of years ago, her five-year-old grandson, Dylan, was diagnosed with leukemia and needed to have a series of blood transfusions initially. His grandmother said her blood-giving had been erratic at first, but has become more consistent in recent years. She now tries to attend the American Red Cross Bloodmobile at least twice annually.
Nearly a quarter century in discussions, a new addition to St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Ellsworth has become reality, and will be dedicated Sunday, May 19. The dedication coincides with Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Christian church. In an invitation extended by Pastor Susan Schneider-Adams, she said the faithful were given the gift of the Holy Spirit to spread the good news of Jesus Christ worldwide. "So what better day for St.
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in River Falls was showcased at Thursday's Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting. Katie Ryan, Turningpoint's sexual assault services coordinator, discussed services to victims such as a 24-hour crisis line, and help with food and clothing, largely through the shelter's Second Chances store in River Falls. Ryan told of a fundraising effort for a building expansion project.
As a police officer in his hometown, Greg Place was not only well acquainted with his "beat," but was following a family precedent. Place said his father, Pernell, had also been an officer for the Village of Ellsworth in the early 1960s. "But it was a lot different then," the son said Tuesday, "I think they may have been called constables." Nonetheless, the pattern was set. Thirty-eight years after Place held his first job in law enforcement, the present Ellsworth Police Chief will retire from that position next month. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
For Warren Johnson's family, it was all about teaching, but for himself as a youth, it originally wasn't. Johnson's late father, Juno, established the precedent in the family, having been a high school biology teacher in Red Wing for many years, his son said Thursday.
HAGER CITY--"Hunt safely" might be advice given hunters by family and friends whenever they enter the field, but Doug Sjostrom really takes it to heart. Sjostrom received the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hunter Education Instructor Award early this week after having taught hunter safety classes at Prairie View Elementary School in Hager City for 30 years.
Trevor Odeen set out to become a veterinarian, but changed career course and is now on his way to being an agriculture educator. Pierce County's new 4-H summer assistant is a senior entering his fifth year at UW-River Falls, he said Friday, explaining the three semesters of chemistry required for the vet program convinced him to try a different direction.