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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BAY CITY--Pastor Gene Hasselquist professes to love life, so much so he's determined not to let retirement get in its way. Hasselquist had retired in 1987 as pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Wing, where he'd arrived in 1970.
The Ellsworth Funsters have long been known for efforts in the interest of kids. Their latest such effort is taking on the Pumpkin Party in the Park for the first time. It's an event the local chamber of commerce has organized in recent past years and will continue to provide assistance. Matt Feuerhelm of the Funsters discussed party preparations with chamber members Thursday. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.
In the position since late last year, Pete Brooks is no longer director of the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. Brooks said Tuesday officials of Regions Hospital, with which the post was arranged when he was hired, notified him about his termination that day.
Look for a new exhibits building to be open on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth in time for next year's fair. Fair Coordinator Ann Webb said a construction bid has been accepted for the building, to be built on a now-vacant site adjacent to the Junior 4-H Horse Barn and east of the Seyforth Building. The site was once occupied by a Quonset hut, which served to house poultry and other animals in the past, and was used for storage just before being torn down. Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 26.
An upgrade to the Ellsworth School District's computer internet web site has led to a fresher look and improved capabilities. The revamped site adds opportunities for teachers to communicate with students and parents, for district officials to communicate with the community and for families to take advantage of linked outside resources, according to Communications Specialist Mindy Anderson, Superintendent Barry Cain and Network Administrator Jason O'Neil.
A new volunteer coordinator position was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The job description calls for a person to work effectively with school district, public and private entities to coordinate volunteer opportunities for district students and staff. Superintendent Barry Cain said the post was targeted for this school year in the recent Strategic Planning Initiative process. Cain cited the potential for an improved relationship between the community and the school district in recommending the position.
A total tax levy that's 2.53 percent less than the previous year's was included in a preliminary budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. At $8,385,766, the levy compares with a total levy of $8,597,688 in last year's budget. The mill rate in the 2012-13 plan, representing tax per $1,000 worth of valuation, is 10.26, which is down 2.63 percent from last year's mill rate of 10.53. The revenue cap in the '12-'13 proposal is $15,722,100 and state equalization aid is $8,914,591.
In three of five area schools, graduating seniors who took the ACT college admissions test this year mostly scored a bit lower than their counterparts from a year ago. In the other two districts, the scores in the two-year comparison were mainly higher for one school and largely the same for the remaining school. Many of the differences either way were within one point and some were within tenths of a point. The three schools with test takers having the slightly lower average scores this time were Elmwood, Plum City and Spring Valley, according to information from the Wisconsin Department o
John Groh's firsts in education have occurred in the Ellsworth School District. The Mankato, Minn., native entered public school in kindergarten at Prairie View Elementary when his family moved to this area in 1977, he said Thursday. His first regular teaching job was at Ellsworth Middle School when it opened in 1996. And his first position as a school administrator comes this term, as he's succeeded the retiring Leona Johnson as Hillcrest Elementary Principal. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 29.
More space for the Ellsworth Public Library is the charge of a building committee being formed with approval from the local village board early this month. "The board gave its approval for the committee to investigate space options," Library Director Shelley Anderson said Thursday. "It doesn't mean permission for a building project," Anderson added, noting she's pleased "it's a start." The library is presently housed in the upstairs of a building originally constructed as a community hall in 1932, with its downstairs currently occupied by the local senior citizens center.