Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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It was a situation the Ellsworth Village Board didn't want. Monday night, the board, faced with the lesser of two evils, approved a 32 percent sewer hike starting in the third quarter of this year. The reasoning was that, when the creamery went off line, it represented a 36 percent loss of gross revenue in 2006. In 2007, the projected short fall was 32 percent or slightly over $90,000.
Chris Keenan's mother was a Spanish teacher and her grandmother taught in a one-room schoolhouse. So take a guess what line of work she went into. Keenan was hired by the Ellsworth School District in August 1975. She has taught both English and history during that time in the junior high/middle school and the high school. Once this school year ends, Keenan's time is up, as she will retire.
When searching for a role model growing up, Linda Ross didn't look far. "When I was in elementary school, I looked up to teachers," the Appleton native said.
The following is an update on accident victims within Pierce County from the last couple of weeks as of Wednesday. All the patients were treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Bradley Johnson was downgraded from serious to critical. The Ellsworth resident was one of three men on May 6 who were riding a couch being towed behind a pickup truck across a pasture when it flipped. The other two on the couch were treated and released from Fairview Red Wing Medical Center. Dana Laird, Prescott, and Jeffrey Carlisle, Maiden Rock, were upgraded to fair and good respectively.
Twenty years ago Jim and Sally's Larson was life turned upside down as they're experiencing what no parent wants to go through: A child in pain. However, what was ailing their son Christopher at the time couldn't be solved with a band-aid, a doctor's prescription or bed rest. Chris, who was 15 in 1987, became the youngest person in the world at the time to receive an artificial heart.
The conversation had been brought up many times in the UW-Extension office whether or not Pierce County should go after the rights to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD), but nothing ever happened. And then when Greg Andrews, county agriculture agent, started hearing rumblings the Farm Technology Days Board of Directors was thinking of having WFTD at a permanent site, that changed county officials' thinking. "We may never get it again if they go to a permanent site," he said. So they pursued the rights to host the 2010 edition.
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Stout, Kerry Christopherson didn't want to become a teacher. However, to gain experience in the interviewing process, she was told to do a couple. Her first stop was in Ellsworth for the then-vacant junior high/middle school home economics position. It turned out to be her only interview because she got the job. She started in January 1976 and hasn't left. "It wasn't my intention to teach this long," she said.
It didn't take Mary Klaustermeier long to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. "Whatever job it'd been, I always wanted to work with kids," she said.
Even before the retail chain Pamida was purchased by Sun Capital Partners in 2005, Ellsworth was on their radar. "We've had our eye on Ellsworth for the last three years," said Jim Larson, Vice President of Property Development for Pamida. "We felt the property was right and the community was right. We're very excited to be here." Pamida was announced at last month's village planning commission meeting as the cornerstone of the Crossing Meadows business development, located at Hwy. 65 and Crosstown Road.
The conversation had been brought up many times within the County UW-Extension office on whether or not Pierce County should go after the rights to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD), but nothing ever resulted. And then when Greg Andrews, County Agriculture Agent, started hearing rumblings that the Farm Technology Days Board of Directors was thinking of having WFTD at a permanent site, that changed the county's thinking. "We may never get it again if they go to a permanent site," he said. So, therefore, the county pursued the rights to host the 2010 edition.