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For Dr. Krisan Shaw, becoming a dentist was a natural fit. "I'm artistic and I enjoy the sciences," Shaw said Thursday, explaining how she decided a dental career would enable her to take advantage of both. Likewise, Ellsworth was a logical choice when it came time to begin her first dental practice. She grew up in the small Central Wisconsin community of Vesper, population 300, so serving a rural clientele would be ideal, she thought. Besides, her new location isn't far from River Falls, where she's been practicing. Shaw Family Dental is to open in Dr.
People who enjoyed the interaction between actors and audience found in "Tony and Tina's Wedding," a long-running play at Minneapolis' Hey City Theater, will want to attend the next attraction at the Ames Old School Dinner Theater in Ellsworth, Rebecca Swenson believes. Swenson's the assistant director of "Finnegan's Farewell," the story of an Irishman's funeral, she said Friday. The audience will be guests who are mourners at the wake of "Paddy Finnegan" and will be issued black arm bands.
PLUM CITY--Her hands aren't as limber as they used to be, but 85-year-old Violet Kuesel has kept busy crafting nonetheless. The Plum City Care Center resident recently heralded the spring season with Easter egg "trees" she's made.
The continuing space crunch at Hillcrest Elementary School was discussed at the Ellsworth School Board meeting Monday. Overcrowding has had Title I and special education programs sharing the same space in the school, Superintendent Dan Kaler said. The library has been taken over for other purposes and music is being taught from a cart. Options have been considered by a committee including a representative from each grade, the principal, the curriculum and instruction director and Kaler, he said.
Seventeen Ellsworth High School art students have drawn the images of South African orphans to be future keepsakes from their childhoods. The advanced art and studio art students in Kristin Hanson's classes are participating in The Memory Project, an international humanitarian effort. Photos of children living in an orphanage in South Africa were e-mailed to the local students, who created personalized portraits from them last month.
HAGER CITY--Walk a mile in Tim Kearns' shoes to learn how he ended up owning a liquor store. The Hager City resident never intended to be in business for himself. And although his first retail venture has proven challenging, it's also been rewarding, Kearns said Wednesday. "There are a lot of good people out there," he said about his appreciation for his customers at Hager City Liquor. The CTH K native finally feels somewhat comfortable in the management role after having taken over the store from former owner Doug Dodge last year.
The Ellsworth School District's budget advisory committee is considering approximately $470,000 in adjustments to budgeting for district operations in the next school year. The 14-member committee, formed early this year, was to hold a first reading about the proposed adjustments on Monday of this week, ahead of official school board action next Monday. Using the best available projections regarding factors such as enrollment and its corresponding state aids, Superintendent Dan Kaler has forecast a structural imbalance in excess of $450,000 would occur for the 2006-07 year if no changes were
The founder of Edina Realty in Ellsworth has returned and, this time, he'll be doing construction and landscaping as well as being a real estate agent. Daren Edwards has rejoined the local Edina Realty office after four years of working for Cargill, Inc., in three states.
Pierce County's new veterans service officer has a history of helping others. Merlin Blaisdell has been president of the El Paso Community Club since its inception 13 years ago, chaired the citizens advisory committee for the county's land use plan in the 1990s and was most recently a member of Pierce's land management committee. But the Ellsworth area native wanted to share credit for his community service last week, his first on-the-job as successor to Irv Yelle.
MAIDEN ROCK--Craig Kent has been a man on the move. Most recently, Kent drove a taxicab in the Twin Cities. He's also tended bar in the Cities and on the West Coast, where he's lived at various times and locales. Then there's his interest in motorcycling, which brought him to Maiden Rock. "My wife and I ride cycles a lot," he said Thursday, indicating they have Harley Davidsons. One of the cycling events they've regularly attended is the flood run, which draws thousands of riders from the Cities area down the Great River Road each spring. He said Ole's Bar along Hwy.