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Allison Hipple is one high school student ready to leave the nest. "I've had senioritis since my freshman year," said the Ellsworth High School student.
As Vickie Biel played in her final sports event for Ellsworth High School last week, the realization struck her. "Everything's coming to an end," the senior said. The end for Biel and 141 of her fellow classmates will officially come 7 p.m. Friday in the Ellsworth High School Gymnasium when they graduate. As valedictorian, Biel will deliver one of the evening's speeches. While she admits some nervousness about public speaking, she's not too worried. "I have it written," she said, laughing. "It just needs some touching up.
Chuck Schmidt got a taste of adult life at an early age. While in first grade, he was given the job of figuring bills for his father's oil delivery company - a job he did without the help of calculators. "My Dad trusted me enough to put it on the invoice," he said. That started his interest in mathematics and he was hooked. "I was always good at math and science and I wanted to do something with it," he said.
Sarah Wallin, 19, 1330 Sycamore St., River Falls, pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Court to an amended charge of fourth degree sexual assault. She received deferred prosecution/sentencing for a year. If she completes classes in parenting and sexual education during that time, the charge will be dismissed. "Those classes will accomplish more than anything else," said District Attorney John O' Boyle, in discussing the plea hearing.
The condition of Bradley Johnson -- one of three area residents involved in a couch accident May 6 - has improved. Johnson, who has been hospitalized at Regions in St.
Snap Fitness and Ellsworth Chiropractic have joined together in starting exercise classes. Sara Albrecht -- the manager, personal trainer and massage therapist at Snap Fitness -- has been teaching yoga and core ball at Ellsworth Chiropractic the past few months. She has a degree in health and exercise sciences and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Core ball class is a full body resistance training workout using a stability ball.
Chuck Schmidt got a sampling of the adult world at an early age. He was given the job at his father's oil delivering company of computing the bill on deliveries in the first grade - without the help of calculators, which weren't around then. "My Dad trusted me enough to put it on the invoice," he said. That started his interest in mathematics and after that, he was hooked. "I was always good at Math and Science and I wanted to do something with it," he said.
ELMWOOD --- To put it mildly, Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc., was quite busy last week. That's because the long-time Elmwood establishment held its official grand opening at its new location: 600 West Winter Ave. All last week, visitors had the opportunity to sample eight different forms of bratwurst: taco, steak, beer, black bart, chicken ranch, chicken, mushroom and swiss and bacon cheeseburger. The original plan explained by workers Jenny Miller and Molly Hines was for one brat a day. However, due to demand, by Thursday afternoon, over 500 brats had been eaten.
In closed session early last week, the Ellsworth Village Board accepted the planning commission's recommendation concerning the proposed Pamida building. A lengthy discussion had ensued during the commission's meeting April 16 on the structure of the building, how much metal it would entail and whether that would comply with village ordinances. However, during that meeting, JMW Development, the building's designers, emphasized to the commission they can't fall too far behind in plans because Pamida would like to open in November.
When he was hired in August 1975, Dave Kastberg thought at the time he would only stay a couple years with the Ellsworth School District and move on. Something changed. "Ellsworth has an excellent school system," he said. "And it's been a great place to raise a family." Therefore, Kastberg hasn't left and has stayed the last 32 years as a middle/high school geography teacher. This school year will be his last, as he announced his retirement earlier. The Sparta native loved the school environment at an early age. "I enjoyed being in school and high school sports," he said.