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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SPRING VALLEY--It's kind of a fluke that Heidi Alf ended up with her own hair salon in Spring Valley. When one of her girl friends couldn't work a scheduled shift at the salon Alf now owns, she filled in, she said Thursday. Soon, she was coming down regularly from her home in Baldwin. "I had never been in this town before," she said. Not long afterward, former owner Cindy Kongshaug decided to sell the business, previously known as Cindy's Cutting Edge, Alf said.
Enthusiasm, exuberance, excitement. If these traits exhibited by Jessica Benck are contagious, graduates in the Ellsworth High School Class of 2010 will go far. Music has come to the forefront of the EHS senior's life. She said Friday as early as fifth grade at the former Lindgren Elementary School, when her class played recorders for Music Teacher Mrs. Lee, she's enjoyed playing flute--and still does. In fact, she likes music in general. "I like to sing, too," she said with a smile. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 5.
A third grader's generosity has resulted in financial assistance to the Pierce County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. Adam Johnson of Hillcrest Elementary School received a gift of a "railroad bank" from his grandmother, Mrs. Gordy Johnson of Ellsworth.
Jean F. Krauss of Ellsworth has been on the receiving end of blood donation efforts. Krauss required a blood transfusion when she experienced a miscarriage, she said Thursday. She also had to have blood after being involved in a car accident on CTH C south of the village, leaving her with four broken ribs and a collapsed lung, among other injuries. The local resident has been on the giving end of donation efforts, too.
Verna (Crow) Lifto was diagnosed with inoperable tumors in her brain earlier this year. Now, the retired teacher's family and friends plan to support her by using their feet while showing they have a heart. A "Walk for Verna" will be held Saturday, May 8, starting at Prairie View Elementary School in Hager City (where the retiree taught for 38 years until spring of 2009) and ending at Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City, according to Lorna Ross of the ice cream shop. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 5.
With just a few exceptions, area students again topped their peers throughout the state on the latest Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams (WKCE). For the fourth consecutive year, the scores for students here were mostly above the average scores across-the-state, according to results released earlier this month. The exams were taken by third through eighth graders plus 10th graders last November. Students in all of those grade levels were tested for reading and math.
An Ellsworth High School event this fall will expose eighth through 12th graders to what's available for them after graduation, the local chamber of commerce was informed Thursday. The EHS Career Expo is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Fairgrounds, according to Guidance Counselor Laurel Kozitza and Aria Snyder of the school. "I started at the high school in January and this is my first project, which I've been working on ever since," Snyder said. A committee of 8-9 school personnel has been involved in the planning, Kozitza said.
Over the last two-plus decades, visitors to the elementary schools in the Ellsworth School District could find Judy Hall teaching at each during one school term or another. Mrs. Hall said Wednesday she began in 1988 at the former Lindgren Elementary's third, fourth and fifth grades. After three years there, she spent two years as a fourth grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary, returned to Lindgren to teach the same grade, went to the former Sunnyside Elementary as a fifth grade teacher for three years, and has taught fourth grade at Hillcrest Elementary since 2007.
TOWN OF EL PASO--The El Paso Community Club has gotten established because of the town's annual celebration. Or maybe it was the other way around. As Nate Place succeeds Merlin Blaisdell as president of the organization, the pair reviewed its past and future. "El Paso's in the center of the county and, if it wasn't for that, there may not be one at all," Blaisdell said Tuesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald April 21.
TOWN OF CLIFTON--Signs of being conservation-minded are evident around Randy Bredahl's farm. There have been such signs at the farm along CTH FF in the Town of Clifton for a long time. One of the dams at the place dates back to 1936, said Bredahl, who was named this year's Outstanding Conservation Farmer by the Ellsworth Lions Club and Pierce County Land Conservation Department. "My dad had a conservation plan," he said, referring to the late Raymond Bredahl.