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PRESCOTT -- Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton told members of the Pierce County Democratic Party Thursday to "brace yourselves." More cuts to the state budget were being announced in light of a shortfall resulting from the faltering economy, Lawton said during the party's Unity Dinner at the Great River Road Visitor Center in Prescott.
Some things are an acquired taste, like the food a child refuses to eat, but later becomes fond of as an adult. Just ask Linda Jones. Jones, who has retired from the Ellsworth School District as an English teacher, said Thursday English was her least favorite subject when she was in school. "I found it boring," she said. "But later on, I thought it would be fun to teach." The Galesburg, Ill., native knew early on she wanted to be a teacher; however, the subject area originally of interest to her was physical education.
Dealing in large amounts of merchandise requires having access to equally big storage space. Finding such space that's also affordable brought Mark Reisdorf to Ellsworth earlier this year. Reisdorf has since located his Mid-States Close-Outs in the former Ames Business Center, which once was the local junior high school. "We buy and sell large quantities of merchandise," he said Friday, noting the items aren't from places which have closed.
Rita Hove went into teaching more by accident than design. Hove said Thursday she long knew she'd attend college. But she was less clear about what her career would be. "Two or three of my girl friends wanted to go to River Falls to college and teach," she said, explaining she decided to join them. At the close of this school year, the Ellsworth native is retiring as a teacher.
A plumber, Roger Nelson might be expected to think of flushing someone's system as a way to improve their health. Nelson of Ellsworth cited this "out-with-the-bad, in-with-the-good" philosophy while explaining his faithfulness in donating to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, which will again visit Zion Covenant Church at 210 N. Beulah St.
TOWN OF SALEM -- Turns out, Roy and Nancy Christianson found a good place to take advantage of Mother Nature for powering and heating their Town of Salem home when they moved there a couple of years ago. High atop a hill just north of Hwy.
Verna Lifto seems to have been destined to live and work in the country. Lifto grew up on a farm in Southeast Minnesota. She spent her entire teaching career in a farming area. And now, as she prepares to retire from her chosen vocation, she's living in rural Pierce County. The Goodhue, Minn., area native said Friday she values what such an environment has meant to her.
Upcoming events at Ellsworth's Pamida store were previewed for the local chamber of commerce Thursday. Manager Dan Washburn told of plans to celebrate the store's first anniversary this Saturday. The Lifelink helicopter is to land on-site and be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New equipment has been installed to increase production at the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery. The creamery will be able to process approximately 30 percent more milk with the availability of the Whole Milk UF Filtration equipment, according to CEO/General Manager Paul Bauer. Bauer compared the advancement to putting a turbo charger on a hot rod's engine. The improvement affects the product the creamery sells to other businesses, he said Friday. Ninety percent of the plant's product is in barrels and goes toward processed cheese.
Ellsworth Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher Lisa Benz has received the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2009 Fellowship Award. The foundation awards 100 teachers throughout the state annually with $1,000 fellowships and an additional grant of $1,000 is awarded to each teacher's school for use in innovative educational projects. Benz said Wednesday she'd like the grant to EMS to be used for a project related to technology in music. The local award winner was among those in this region recognized during a luncheon in Chippewa Falls last month. She said she had her photo taken with U.S.