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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The spotlight shone on staff and retirees during the Ellsworth School District's 23rd annual recognition dinner June 8. School Board President Laurie Andrews, who introduced board members, expressed appreciation to a staff she called "awesome." Andrews also saluted outgoing Board Members Mary Erlandson and Steve Georgakas.
A record-high amount of recyclables was marketed by Pierce County's recycling center last year, according to the annual report from the solid waste department. The department marketed a total of 4,813 tons, an increase of 1,756 tons over the previous year, the report states. However, the materials marketed in 2009 generated $345,326 in gross material sales, a decrease of $28,398 from 2008, it states.
With a soft-spoken, modest demeanor, Ellsworth Middle School Principal Steve Broton last week reflected on a career in education during which he's never lost sight of his roots. Broton's assessment of his last 21 years in the local community, upon his retirement this spring, hinted it reminds him of home.
As a high school graduate, all Dennis Zielinski knew about his future was there would be more school. If he even merely mentioned another plan, his father wouldn't hear of it, Zielinski said. His dad, Ray, was a factory worker who'd been unable to continue his own education beyond high school. "He'd give me that stern Polish stare and say, 'you're going to go to college'," Zielinski said. So the Menomonee Falls native headed for UW-Stevens Point to study natural resources.
For people who have business ideas, but need help making them reality, there's hope. Members of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) lend their expertise to these prospective entrepreneurs, Rich Lyon of the organization's Red Wing chapter told the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The group serves to mentor and coach business hopefuls. "Our members are retired engineers, marketers and bank presidents," Lyon said, noting Red Wing's chapter is the smallest of six in Minnesota.
Alternatives to budget cuts proposed earlier in the high school agriculture teacher position, and the danceline and cheerleading programs were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Board members had directed these particular cuts among a list of budget adjustments and enhancements presented early last month be returned to administration for review, further information and input, Superintendent Barry Cain said. On the ag position, Curriculum Director Leona Johnson told the board she's worked with teacher Jordan Liethen about the possibilities, including rolling over some hours into t
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.