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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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.
Major maintenance projects estimated to cost a total of between $55,075 and $61,675 were accepted by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Leading the list of 10 projects for the 2010-11 school year is a roof section of Prairie View Elementary School. Superintendent Barry Cain said officials plan to upgrade that roof in sections over 2-3 years. The proposal calls for bidding out the largest of four sections for completion this summer, at an estimated cost of between $20,000 and $25,000.
Boiler technician, custodial caretaker, troubleshooter, jack-of-all-trades. They all describe Scott Walker and rightly so. After all, Walker's made a career of maintenance--in schools, a hospital and even the military.
It started with a project to do conservation work on Trimbelle Creek. From there, Ralph and Kathryn Schommer went on to participate in stream improvements throughout the county.
TOWN OF MARTELL--Both Dianna Fiergola and Harriette Johnson have worked at the Red Barn Café, northeast of Ellsworth, previously. Both were employees of the original owners of the outlet, which also includes a convenience store-and-station. For Johnson, it was as recently as January of this year.
A couple of years is as far as Kaleb Santy got with 4-H. Family circumstances interrupted Santy's participation in the Maple Grove 4-H Club near his hometown of Pulaski, he said Friday. Besides, much of his life as a youth was focused more on agriculture and the FFA. "I did show some baked goods and my gerbil," he said with a laugh, remembering an experience at the Shawano County Fair during that brief stint as a 4-Her. This summer, the UW-River Falls senior will get reacquainted with the organization as Pierce County's 4-H intern.