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EL PASO--Most local residents know it today as the late Norma Bjornson's house. But a landmark in the heart of El Paso carries a history far exceeding any of a typical private residence. This weekend's El Paso Days celebration has been dedicated to the Hansen House, as the former hotel, saloon and community gathering place was long called. "Hanson or Hansen--I've got documents that spell it both ways," Rick Foley of El Paso said Thursday, showing an old-time advertisement for the establishment indicating it catered to traveling salesmen.
MAIDEN ROCK--Christian musicians will entertain fans at a Maiden Rock farm Aug. 17-19, including a headliner. Randy Stonehill tops the list of performers scheduled to appear at PraiseFest that Friday through Sunday. The praise, worship and fellowship event returns to the John and Kay Luetke farm, N3002 CTH CC, approximately a mile south of Hwy.
Youngsters ages six weeks to 12 years have a new home-away-from-home at SonShine Christian Children's Center in Crossroad Community Church, west of Ellsworth. The center is to hold a grand opening next Monday and will be operated by caregivers Theresa and Roxanne Hewitt.
EL PASO --- Adolph Johnson's independent thinking continues to influence the El Paso Days celebration. It was Johnson who got the celebration going again when there was some talk of ending it around 1990, organizer Merlin Blaisdell said Thursday. Although the festival had been revived not long before, its future was uncertain. "When Adolph got involved, he gave it a real home-town-type of feeling," Blaisdell said about Johnson's sponsoring the now-annual horse pull. The Spring Valley area native wanted to keep doing the pull, as well as the entire weekend, his friend said.
The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce's new coordinator has experience as an office administrator and a sales representative. Renee Craft started in the position last month, succeeding Kim Johnson. Craft moved to this area from Lakeville, Minn., a year ago and decided to seek employment after a recent break. "I wanted to get back to work," she said Thursday, adding, "I just didn't know how soon." As coordinator, she expects to expand the chamber membership and promote the community, she said. She'll be in the chamber office on N.
A computer consultant offered advice to Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday about using their machines wisely. Larry Yarrington of ADSY Technologies, who has worked with such local businesses as Jo Jo's Jewelry and Gifts, and governments including the Village of Ellsworth, said his computer expertise dates back to the military.
Justa Berenschot's new business intends to make a contribution to family albums, and Berenschot's own family is supporting her in the effort. Zoom, a wedding and event videography enterprise, has been established to capture special moments in life on DVD. The videographer said Thursday she'll start with weddings and expand to other occasions if demand warrants. "I don't know what the need is yet," she said about the latter. She was to record her first wedding for a sample DVD to show future clients this past weekend. She said she planned to accompany her sister, Erin, of E.G.
A recommendation to restructure the administrative staff was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The recommendation calls for Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Tim Brunner to switch to assistant principal at the middle school. Prairie View Elementary School Principal Bill Fuller is to assume responsibilities for both Prairie View and Hillcrest elementaries. Additionally, Klass-Jonas Pool Manager Ann Anderson is to add administration of middle school activities. Anderson is to be compensated at the rate of $3,000.
Location, location, location--a concept usually associated with realtors--also seems to be governing farmers' fortunes in the fields this summer. Like last year at this time, the little rain that's recently fallen has been spotty, at best.
SPRING VALLEY -- Brown and brook trout living in the Eau Galle River as it winds its way through Spring Valley are experiencing improved conditions. A Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crew has undertaken the latest in a series of habitat restoration projects along the river, this one on a stretch behind the local elementary school and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.