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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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.
The four-year-old kindergarten program was changed from four to five days, and proposed budget adjustments were examined at a special public meeting of the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Much of the 4YK discussion was about how children at that age would fare under a five-day schedule. While some who spoke from the audience of approximately 40 people had reservations about the move, others were okay with it. Board members ultimately approved the option among three presented calling for offering 4YK programming five days a week at 2.5 hours per day.
TOWN OF OAK GROVE--Whatever it is about their rides that interests area vehicle enthusiasts, and regardless of what kind of transportation it is, some of their peers in Western Pierce County are organizing a club for them. "Too many clubs are focused on one thing," Steve Sizemore of the new Mechanic Shop Enthusiasts Car Club said at his Town of Oak Grove home Thursday. "My thought was there should be a group for people interested in a variety of vehicles." Believing others may feel likewise, Sizemore (self-elected club president) and fellow organizer Mike Femling of Afton, Minn.
Just when the possibly ugly thought of men being part of a beauty pageant may have faded from area residents' minds, "Diva Dudes" has been revived at Ellsworth High School. The male mock pageant, featuring a 1970s theme as it returns for a third time, will be staged Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the EHS Auditorium.
A decision on changing the four-year-old kindergarten program from a four-day to a five-day schedule was delayed until later this month by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. In tabling the matter, board members said they wanted time to gather more information. At Superintendent Barry Cain's recommendation, they'll address the 4YK schedule again during a special public meeting on budget adjustments, which was later set for Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m.
The sky can spark a lot of imagination in a child. There are cloud formations to ponder during the day, stars to count at night and the great beyond to visualize for the future. For Luke Eaton, the sky is a workplace.
Although their work's not finished, Ellsworth school officials are getting ready to cut next year's district budget. Following three meetings of the district's budget and finance information committee, a series of recommendations from administration for the latest round of budget reductions and revenue enhancements has emerged.
As Dave Capatske continues to raise beef cattle, he's increasingly become a part of bringing the meat to the public. Capatske has long sold his cattle right off of the family farm, six miles east of Ellsworth. Late last year, he began making meat from those cattle available at a retail outlet in the village's midway district. "I know what's in there," he said Wednesday about the beef he sells at Capatske Cattle Company, located in quarters once housing the former Midway Motors. Read more in the print version of the Herald March 10.
ELMWOOD--The past year has been a time of transition for Amy Wayne of Plum City. A year ago this month, Wayne and husband Matt closed the businesses they'd operated for 14 years, she said Thursday. Over the next 12 months, she'd have three different jobs, officially starting her newest just last week. "I read about it in the paper," she said of the Village of Elmwood Clerk-Treasurer's position she's now assumed, succeeding Jodi Pulk. Wayne said she already did some observing in the village office and has been helped by Assistant Clerk Vickie Lehmann.
A strategic planning process to be begun by the Ellsworth School District this spring will determine the district's direction for the next five years. Earlier this month, the local school board approved hiring Alabama-based Cambridge Strategic Services as consultant for the several-phase process.