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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.
As a student, Patrick Traynor needed a job to pay his way through college. Traynor was studying biochemistry at UW-River Falls when he started taking on woodworking projects, mainly fireplace surrounds and entertainment cabinets, he said Wednesday. The Ellsworth native taught himself the necessary skills, he added. "Family and friends wanted things built," he said, indicating he was soon being asked to do kitchen cabinetry in new and remodeled homes.
PRESCOTT --- The hand-crafted altars that were a source of pride for Iris Most's grandfather over a century ago are being preserved, with or without the churches originally housing them. John Franzman was known for his woodworking skills, his granddaughter said from her Prescott home Thursday. Franzman was also a perfectionist, she said. "If he found something wrong with his work, he'd be sure to make it right," she said. So it's pained family members when any of the four intricately finished altars built after the native of Austria came to Minnesota have been jeopardized, Mrs. Most said.
Even before their now-nearly three-year-old twin girls were born, Mike and Cyndy Bayer of Hager City knew they'd be having a child with Down syndrome. Doctors made them aware one of their newcomers would experience the condition, Mrs. Bayer said Thursday, indicating the babies were premature, born seven weeks early at a St. Paul hospital. So as soon as Adrienne could have therapy in response to the chromosomal disorder, her caregivers arranged it.
Ellsworth school officials are continuing their campaign against media violence with another TV Turn-Off event beginning late this month. Curriculum and Instruction Director Leona Johnson told the school board early last week the event will occur shortly before many local students take required statewide tests. Johnson explained studies have shown the left side of the brain, in which logic and decision-making is centered, can lose activity when subjected to violent inputs.
Wisconsin has always been a progressive state, and citizens take a certain amount of pride in that label. Where the state has fallen down, however, is the process of attempting to put together a state budget. As of this week, the state has still not passed a state budget and, amid the threats and potential complications, no one in Madison seems to have any real sense of urgency. How can it be that Wisconsin is the only state in the union (with a July 1 deadline) that has not passed a new budget?
Even before their now-nearly three-year-old twin girls were born, Mike and Cyndy Bayer knew they'd be having a child with Down syndrome. Doctors made them aware a new daughter would experience the condition, Mrs. Bayer said Thursday, indicating the babies were premature, born seven weeks early at a St. Paul hospital. So as soon as Adrienne could have therapy in response to the chromosomal disorder, her caregivers arranged it.