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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ELMWOOD -- Funding cuts to the Elmwood Public Library have left residents concerned for the future of their library. The matter was a topic for a regular meeting of the five-member library board Monday of this week, when board members reorganized. Former Library Board President Sandra Weix resigned from the library board, and former library employee and ex-Village Trustee Susan Dzubay was appointed to the library board.
ELLSWORTH -- Jeff Smith’s career has taken him in two different directions, but both have brought him closer to heaven. Smith was a C-130 pilot for the Minnesota U.S. Air Guard for 24 years and has now become an inspector general with the Guard, assuring the units on base are performing their missions, among other duties. He once balked at people’s suggestions he should be a pastor.
The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) awarded a total of $39,236 to 15 schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota this past fall through its Music Education grants program, including three schools...
SPRING VALLEY -- A facility maintenance and repair referendum proposed for this spring’s election was firmed by the Spring Valley School Board at a special meeting early last week. The...
GREAT RIVER ROAD THEATRE -- After presenting two murder mysteries, members of the Great River Road Theatre (GRRT) have decided it’s time for a comedy. So when the troupe’s annual dinner theatre opens next month at The Ridgetop, between Ellsworth and Prescott on Hwy. 10, they’ll be performing “Move Over, Mrs. Markham” by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. It’s billed as a matter of “mistaken identities, double entendres and a tangled web of secret rendezvous.”
Ellsworth School District residents heard cost and size information, and viewed concept plans, as the process toward a proposed facilities referendum continued at a special meeting Tuesday. Paul Bauer of...
ELLSWORTH -- An anonymous caller to the Herald last week claimed a group of farmers who ship milk to Ellsworth’s creamery had approached a dairy in Menomonie about taking their milk instead. The producers were said to be upset with the price they’re being paid for milk they shipped to the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery.
ELLSWORTH -- Brenda Singer has been so dedicated to donating blood she doesn’t want her health to get in the way, if she can help it. Singer remembered Tuesday a time when her blood pressure was too low for a donation to be accepted. The requirement back then was donors had to have a systolic reading of at least 100 and hers was falling short. “I ran up and down several floors,” she said about trying to raise the pressure level, without success.
SPRING VALLEY -- Updated facility maintenance costs and timelines for an upcoming referendum were discussed by the Spring Valley School Board last month. The updated costs were higher in most...
When it was announced during Hillcrest Elementary School’s Holiday Concert the school’s “Pennies for Patients” campaign had raised five times the amount of its original goal, no one among the concert-going crowd could appreciate this success more than Julie Carlson.