Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts.
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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 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.
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.