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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PRESCOTT -- ”Give credit where credit is due” is advice followed recently by officials from the Prescott Lions Club. They completely surprised fellow Lions Member Dick Hoffman at a meeting of the organization’s board by presenting him with two awards: one for 35 years of club membership and the other a Lions Club International Foundation honor named after the foundation’s originator, Melvin Jones.
PLUM CITY -- Look for the Plum City Village Clerk to occupy different quarters in the same building by 2016. The clerk’s office will move to the site of the former local American Family Insurance agency, according to Village Clerk-Treasurer Michele Burg. Both have been housed in the same structure at 501 Main St. in the village for as long as Burg can remember.
BAY CITY -- A budget hearing was held at the start of the Bay City Village Board’s regular November meeting. The 2016 village budget was approved. A levy amount of $97,384 was set. The mill rate won’t be determined until further information is available.
ELMWOOD -- Once Erin Baskin found work at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home, she knew she never wanted to leave. It had taken awhile for the rural Arkansaw native to settle on a career, but it now appears her job-hunting days are over. The latest employment-related development for her is an advance from social worker to administrator at the nursing home, succeeding Rod Gilles, who retired last month.
PIERCE COUNTY CLEAN SWEEP -- For the second consecutive year, more vehicles were counted at this fall’s Pierce County Clean Sweep but fewer pounds of waste were recorded than in the fall of 2014. The collection on Sept. 19 was again conducted under warmer-than-average temperatures for the time of the year, according to a report from the county’s solid waste department. Three hundred seventy-three vehicles attended, an increase of six over the previous year’s 367 vehicles.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- Fortunately, it hasn’t been much of a battle for Todd Mehrkens, but he has spent most of his life on either one side of the border or the other. That nearby Minnesota-Wisconsin line figures in how he handles his new role as the clerk for the Town of Diamond Bluff. He said Tuesday he’s filled in as deputy clerk, working with Bob Schlichting, since July and this month assumed the post previously held by Schlichting, who’s leaving due to health reasons.
PRESCOTT -- The Prescott School Board heard topics related to the new high school project last month. A guaranteed maximum price of $29.4 million to Miron Construction for both the new high school and auditorium was presented to the board and approved.
ELMWOOD -- Athletics-related matters came to the attention of the Elmwood School Board last month. The board approved the hire of Josh Wells as assistant baseball coach. Members also visited the Lien Gym to see progress on the floor project. Asbestos abatement was nearing completion, bleachers had been moved away from the wall and the remainder of the wood flooring plus the asbestos padding beneath it were being removed.
Results of a district-wide phone survey last month addressing elementary facility improvement options proved inconclusive, Ellsworth School Board members were told Wednesday. Peter Leatherman of the Morris Leatherman Company of...
It’s stood for a century and a barn inside the city limits of Prescott hasn’t served traditional farming purposes for much of that time, nor is it expected to in the future.