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The village board learned Monday Ellsworth Public Library Director Linette Greske submitted her resignation to the library board recently. Greske, who has been with the library since April 2001, was named director in August 2002. When asked the reason for the resignation, she declined to comment. Her last day will be Friday, Feb. 16. At the same library board meeting, it was announced ads for the position will start appearing in the local papers next week and letters of application with resume are to be in by Monday, Feb. 26.
ELMWOOD -- Members of the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club saw the detoriating status of the Eau Galle River and decided to take action. Therefore, proceeds from their wildlife banquet in October will help go toward the renovation of the river as the club will assist the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the project. Club Treasurer Steve Galoff explained because there's a lot of sand in the banks, when high water comes, erosion results, which damages fish habitat in the river, specifically trout. Galoff added this is the club's first attempt to help restore the river and members plan to make
BAY CITY -- A benefit will be held for Alyxis Lundquist this Saturday starting at noon at Mike's Bay Town in Bay City. Alyxis, now six-years-old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last May, which means she has cancer in her bone marrow, spinal fluid and lymph nodes. The outpouring of support Alyxis has received since the diagnosis from anyone and everyone hasn't gone unnoticed. "The schools (Alyxis attends Sunnyside Elementary in Ellsworth), the communities and the hospital (Children's Hospital in St. Paul) have been very supportive," her father Jason said.
In his role as Administrative Coordinator, Curt Kephart is one of the busiest individuals working for Pierce County.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Ed Daleiden has been a cash crop farmer since 1978 and his involvement with the farming industry goes back even longer, as he grew up on a dairy farm. Therefore, Daleiden has strong beliefs about all things farming, including the topic of conservation. "The number one goal is to eliminate erosion," Daleiden said. "I do my best to eliminate ditches and no till gives me the best option." For those efforts and many more, Ed along with his wife Dawn and four children, John, David, Mike and Amanda, have been named 2006 Pierce County Conservation Farm Family.
PRESCOTT --- Jennifer Christiansen can remember like it was yesterday. It was about 4 and one-half years ago as she accompanied her husband, Dan, on a business trip to Monterey, Calif. With some free time, Christiansen decided to get a facial for the first time at a nearby spa. The results were staggering. "Walking out, I thought, I really loved this," she said. Christiansen was hooked.
About 10 people attended a telephonic public hearing Jan. 17 at the Ellsworth Village Hall to discuss the proposed water rate increase the village wants to implement. If the request is approved, the water bill for general service for an average residential customer who uses 1,700 cubic feet of water per quarter will increase from $29.10 to $45.40, or 56 percent, for example.
PLUM CITY -- Jack Niebur had a simple response to why, after all these years, he still is a farmer: "I enjoy it." Niebur has been a farmer for the past 51 years, with the last 40 coming southwest of Plum City. It's safe to say he's seen many changes over time. "There's new rules, new regulations," he said. "The government has gotten totally involved within the last 10 years." As the popularity of farming has waned over the years, Jack and his partner, son Kevin, have to make sure they don't go under.
Vince Schulte, long-time Ellsworth businessman, died Friday at the Ellsworth Care Center. He was 86. For nearly 35 years, Schulte, along with his wife Dorothy, operated a grocery business in Ellsworth. First was the Fairway Foods Store, where Ellsworth Auto Parts currently is. Then, due to a need for more space, Schulte moved the business to the then-Midway Shopping Center, where he ran the store until 1988, when he sold it to Steve and Sue Hinck.