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BAY CITY --- Educate while entertaining is the idea behind the productions of Taproot, Inc., in Bay City. The latest, released this fall, targets the methamphetamine epidemic in this country. "Northern Lights: Shining the Light on the Meth-edemic" has been three years in the making, according to information from Linda Flanders, Taproot CEO. Billed as an "original documentary starring an entire town," it features a performance involving those affected most.
Bill Miska spent 15 years in the 1980s and early '90s as a steam fitter welder, making solid connections. These days, Miska helps create solid financial futures for others as an independent financial advisor.
"The Memories" are returning for their second annual holiday concert in Ellsworth this month, hosted by the local Lions club. The Menomonie-based singing duo will perform in concert Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, according to organizer Jay Nesseth of the Lions. Proceeds from the event are again designated for the Pierce County Food Shelf and the Gift Box program, Nesseth said Wednesday.
A caring gesture she witnessed years ago has led Susan Huppert to write and now publish a book about it. "The Perfect Gift" is based on a true story, Huppert said Thursday. She declined to identify the people involved and the location, but indicated the incident left a lasting impression on her. "I felt strongly I should write it down, so I recorded it," she said, admitting she's always liked to write. That was 15 years ago, the author said. She was in a store when a six-year-old boy there wanted to give someone a gift, but didn't have the money needed to buy it.
Earth has been moved and walls are rising for the new Pierce County Highway Department storage building in Ellsworth. The heated metal frame building will house construction equipment, haul trucks, motor graders and support vehicles, plus patching blacktop for winter use, according to Highway Commissioner Ross Christopherson.
Students in an after-school activity at Ellsworth Middle School were to show their skills in Lego-building at a regional competition this past weekend. The nine fifth-through-seventh graders comprise the school's first-ever Lego League team, according to EMS Teacher Tim Shock.
Village officials had been targeting nothing greater than a two percent increase for the 2008 budget, but even after the approved state budget would allow more, they went with no tax hike in the proposal at all. Clerk-Treasurer Peggy Nelson said Wednesday officials working on the plan opted to take monies from the village's designated funds instead. "With the recent increase in water rates, they decided it wasn't the right time to raise taxes," Nelson said. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
The Ellsworth School Board approved the purchase of two new buses Monday. Superintendent Dan Kaler told board members the district had a chance to lease buses with an option to purchase, but buying the buses outright was his recommendation. By acting now, the district can get the pair for $68,592, a savings of $1,000, Kaler said, crediting Transportation Supervisor Denny Langer for his efforts in researching availabilities and prices. Moreover, the buses can be obtained before a new emissions equipment requirement goes into effect, which could raise the cost by up to $10,000.
A business improvement program was presented to the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Action Coach helps business owners increase their revenue while decreasing their time at their businesses, according to Cory Doden of the program. It emphasizes clarity so they know what needs to be done on a week-to-week basis as well as holding them accountable for doing what they say they'll do. Doden presented a six-step plan promoted by the program to achieve success. Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 31.
Many phone users don't know the phone numbers they call regularly because they've logged them on speed dial. Tim Fischer wants to help them always remember businesses' numbers by arranging unique ones for the commercial clients of his Unforgettable Phone Numbers enterprise. The owner of Fischer Companies, Inc., in Ellsworth, well-known for its roofing division, is now prepared to offer marketing services with an emphasis on memorable phone numbers. Fischer said Thursday the idea is to give businesses an advantage in their markets by being able to promote a special number.