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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Thanksgiving is almost here, but the focus of some in this area is already turning to a notable occasion next spring -- and it’s not Easter. They’re the candidates getting ready for another regular election in Wisconsin. The nomination process for area municipal and school offices up for vote in the spring starts next Tuesday. Participants will then circulate nomination papers or otherwise declare their intentions, as appropriate, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, for the election on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
High school building upgrades were approved by the Plum City School Board Monday, Nov. 16. New LED lighting will be installed on the outside of the building. Doug Jurgenson of...
Although the Plum City School Board didn’t act on it, the potential for a referendum to be held in the district was clearly in the minds of board members and...
Pastor Jason Roeder describes his ministry as “church in a box.” The pastor who came to Torrent Church in Prescott this summer said he’s actually referring to a 16-foot trailer that’s brought weekly to 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at Prescott High School. Although admitting he’s sought a church building and is confident the 50-to-70-member congregation here will someday worship in their own structure, he’s not exactly married to the idea of a fixed base.
Student Council President Jack Hannack reported to the Spring Valley School Board Monday, Nov. 16 that Trick or Treat for Canned Goods collected over 1,000 pounds of food for the...
It took awhile before Rod Gilles finally found his way in the work world. When Gilles eventually did, he settled into a position in which he’d serve for no less than 3.5 decades. The Elmwood native will retire as administrator of the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home this Friday. “It’s been a good job for the son of a pharmacist,” he said Friday.
In what’s become an annual practice, the Ellsworth School Board approved borrowing in light of low cash flow at its Nov. 9 meeting. Board Member and Treasurer Dan Kaler discussed the cash flow situation as part of his monthly presentation on financials. Kaler pointed to significantly lower amounts of funds available and ending funds balance in October rather than September as examples.
The Prescott School Board set the tax levy and finalized the budget for this school year late last month during a meeting delayed by a week while local officials compiled information recently received from the state. Board members accepted the levy as follows: operations, $6,244,919; property tax chargebacks, $0; non-referendum debt service, $129,550; referendum debt, $2,241,367; and community service, $100,000, for a total of $8,715,836 and a budget of $14,948,165.
Eileen Van Dyk brings a background in both UW-Extension and 4-H to her new position as assistant in Pierce County’s 4-H office. Van Dyk started in the part-time post last week, aware she’ll help here on leadership programs with older youths, day camps and filling in for Pierce’s 4-H and Youth Agent Frank Ginther when he’s devoting time to responsibilities at the state level.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Plans for a proposed village hall project were discussed by the Maiden Rock Village Board early last week. The plans were close to being finalized, the board understood. Members scheduled a public informational and listening session for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at the present village hall, expecting their availability.