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.
- Member for
- 2 years 8 months
The Ellsworth School Board Monday acted on issues regarding the levy override referendum to be held Tuesday, April 5. The board approved two resolutions related to the referendum. The first authorizes the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $1,300,000 for three years for non-recurring purposes. The second provides for the referendum election on the question of approving the first. Dates, times and locations for two public information meetings about the referendum were also scheduled. One will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School.
In the midst of the tax season, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members heard about some tax changes Thursday. Lonnie Feuerhelm of Feuerhelm Langer Ltd. told the difference between corporations and LLCs. The latter offer corporation-like protection, but also provide tax options, Feuerhelm said. Their purpose is to simplify arrangements for small businesses. "You don't need to keep minutes," he cited as one example of a requirement corporations face. Section 179 of the code addresses tax breaks, he said. Business owners can now write off the entire amount of some purchases for the first year.
Major county road projects to the east and west of Ellsworth are planned for this construction season, while two others which had been scheduled for this year will be delayed. A section of CTH K from Hwy. 63 to CTH KK will be reconstructed, after having been expected to be done last year, according to Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson. "There were some items to resolve with the designer," Johnson said Friday, identifying that firm as Stevens Engineers of Hudson. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 26
A referendum asking district voters for authority to exceed the revenue cap by $1.3 million yearly on a non-recurring basis over three years was approved by the Ellsworth School Board at a public forum Monday. Although differences among speakers from the forum's audience about how to address school financial difficulties surfaced during the two-and-a-half hour session, the board ultimately felt the override proposal should go up for a vote at the Tuesday, April 5, election.
The first results of the strategic planning process begun in the Ellsworth School District last year were reviewed by the school board early this week. Nearly 100 people have been working on the plan, Superintendent Barry Cain told board members. The project was kicked off with a three-day session in April, when 24 participants formulated five strategies under the guidance of an outside consultant hired by the board.
A new storage building for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be put up on Ellsworth's northwest side. The 40-by-80-foot unheated building is to be built in a small ravine near the Pierce County Highway Department shop, according to DNR Construction Representative Chris Rehlinger of Madison. "It's for law enforcement, so it will be used by conservation wardens," Rehlinger said Thursday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 19.
Reductions or referendum or both. The Ellsworth School Board and an audience numbering toward 200 people heard proposed budget options Monday from Superintendent Barry Cain, including these possibilities. Cain began with a list of budget reductions and enhancements which are under consideration. They might not be acted upon in their entirety, or at all, he emphasized. But he estimated the adjustments could approach a total of $1 million if followed. "This would structurally change what the Ellsworth schools are," he said. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 12.
For the third time in recent history, the Ellsworth Fire Department's service territory has been expanded. Effective this month, the Village of Maiden Rock has contracted with the EFD for fire services. Village President Judy Johnson-Daleiden confirmed the arrangement late last month, a pact EFD Chief Brent Langer said Friday is for two years. "This first time, we'll go for two years and see how it works," Langer said about the renewable contract. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 12.
Used to be, the Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) didn't have much about the history of the Town of Hartland among its holdings. This lack of records on the town's past has been remedied. Hartland native Roland Krogstad has written "Hartland Heritage: A History of Hartland Township," a 462-page book containing information from the town's pre-settlement through 2009. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 29.
Undaunted by a few minor setbacks, Mary Hines keeps on donating blood. Most of the glitches encountered by Hines since she's been giving blood, which dates to after her marriage in the mid-1960s, have been out of her control. Nonetheless, the River Falls native is a regular at American Red Cross Bloodmobile visits to Ellsworth and plans to be there again when the bloodmobile comes to Zion Covenant Church here on Jan. 3, 2011, from noon to 6 p.m. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 22.