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Crossroad Community Church west of Ellsworth is growing so rapidly its leaders almost can't keep up with it. The church's new Family Ministry Center is a case in point. Pastor Matt Anderson said Thursday he'd been thinking of the center as a project for next year. But the growth has led to running out of Sunday School and youth space. "We're building it 18 months sooner than I'd thought," Anderson said, indicating work began in September and is to be done in February. While the congregation once numbered around 30, it's now pushing nearly 300, he said.
SPRING VALLEY -- A benefit is planned for a Spring Valley man who has long had diabetes and is now seeking a pancreas transplant. The benefit will be held this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club for Scott Hunter, 41. Hunter's pancreas doesn't work, his wife Angie said Thursday. "We're waiting for that phone call," Mrs. Hunter said, adding if they get it, they'll have two hours to get to the University of Minnesota. Her husband has been battling with diabetes for 39 years. She said he still takes insulin shots for his type 1 diabetes.
SPRING VALLEY--A benefit is planned for a Spring Valley man who has long had diabetes and is now seeking a pancreas transplant. The benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 2 p.m. at the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club for Scott Hunter, 41. Hunter's pancreas doesn't work, his wife Angie said Thursday. "We're waiting for that phone call," Mrs. Hunter said, adding if they get it, they'll have two hours to get to the University of Minnesota. Her husband has been battling with diabetes for 39 years. She said he still takes insulin shots for his type 1 diabetes.
Ross Christopherson always wanted to build something. Turns out, Christopherson built a career with the Pierce County Highway Department. It began 29 years ago on the grading crew as a handyman and ended in the head office, as highway commissioner. Being appointed commissioner in 1993 wasn't a development he'd expected, just the way things worked out, he said Wednesday.
TOWN OF HARTLAND -- Two occupations and two home places later, Rollin Brown has done a lot of living. The oil company employee-turned-farmer was the guest of honor at a birthday party at Ellsworth's Masonic Lodge last month. Not the candles on the cake, but the balloons decorating the premises told what a milestone the occasion was. One hundred of the colorful plastic orbs were blown up for the party, Brown said Wednesday he was told.
The finalized 2008-09 budget for the Ellsworth School District was approved by the school board Tuesday. The budget includes a total levy of $7,681,033, which was certified by the board, and a mill rate (tax per $1,000 of valuation) of 8.32. Although the latter is an increase of 2.08 percent over the past year, it's lower than the 8.37 projected earlier, Superintendent Barry Cain told the board.
Pierce County Fair Coordinator Ann Webb discussed with Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday information being sought from organizations using the county fairgrounds. Special groups rent the grounds at non-fair times, Webb said.
Evangelizing Europe might seem like an overwhelming task. Especially for someone like Pastor Rod Wicklund of Living Waters Christian Fellowship in Ellsworth, who readily admits his Scandinavian heritage doesn't help him be receptive to meeting new people.
The referendum to be presented to Ellsworth School District voters at the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election was detailed during a public meeting Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain discussed the referendum questions and answered queries from an audience in the high school cafetorium.
SPRING VALLEY -- "Go west" is what this nation's pioneers were told. The Spring Valley Health Care Center will do just that when it's replaced by the new Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center and Spring Valley Residential Care Apartment Complex (also called "Valley Villas"), construction on which is now expected to start next spring. "This will be a two-phase project," Administrator Kevin Larson said Wednesday, explaining the apartment complex will represent the first phase while the health and rehab center comprises the second, though both could be underway simultaneously. Center