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Plumbing difficulties resulted in water damage and a mess to clean up at BoJo's Creations in Ellsworth's west business district last week. The floral and gift shop was closed at the end of the week after the damage was discovered upon opening up Wednesday, according to owner Bob Larson. Dirty water came through the ceiling from an apartment above, soaking the shop's main floor and basement.
Some classics will be out front while their owners work behind-the-scenes. They'll join the impressive display of vintage vehicles provided by organizers of this Sunday's Beldenville Old Car Club Show. The 29th annual show on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth begins at 8 a.m. "We usually get anywhere from 500 to 750 cars and trucks," John Losgaard of the club said Wednesday. A preview sampling of the attractions the public can expect during the show appeared outside the car club's building at the fairgrounds last week, supplied by those working members and arranged by Losgaard.
When Dan L'Allier saw wrongdoing by his former employer, he acted to make things right. But L'Allier found convincing authorities to do likewise wasn't easy. Meantime, he and two co-workers who joined him in turning in their bosses lost their jobs, besides withstanding considerable intimidation. A judge's order they not discuss the case was only recently lifted. The government has since closed the Twin Cities area company where they worked, and officials from there were prosecuted and jailed for stealing money from federal disaster agencies.
Crossroad Community Church west of Ellsworth on Hwy. 10-63 is preparing to take the next step with its new Children and Youth Center. Already home to a youth hall and Sunday school classrooms, the center will be the site for a Christian preschool this fall.
Thoughts of her native Nepal inspired Aasha Sunar to write poetry. Sunar would write most any time she was moved to put her feelings to paper, she said Thursday. Sometimes when an idea came to her in the middle of the night, other times when she was with children from the day care she operates in her Ellsworth home. Even at a former outside job. "I used to work at Wal-Mart in Hudson, in the cigarette line, at register 15," she said.
Contract agreements with support staff were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The tentative agreements are with two bargaining groups: secretarial and clerical, and food service and custodial-maintenance. Superintendent Dan Kaler said all employees involved in the two-year pacts are making concessions in health insurance, as premiums have increased significantly. The secretarial and clerical proposal involves a salary increase of 2.5 percent in 2006-07 and 3.0 percent in 2007-08.