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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.
Already decided on a career in the health field, Sonja Robertson liked the idea of working with prevention and promotion. "This is on the front line of health care," the Pierce County Public Health Department's new health educator said Wednesday. As educator, she's responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating public programs for the department, she said. Since assuming her part-time duties last month, she's focused on two such programs: the Pierce-St.
Apparently, Doug Peterson never was a landscaper at heart. Yes, Peterson of Ellsworth still does landscaping for a business he established four years ago. But it's become just one of his efforts in Peterson Construction Services. "I'm trying to push the construction aspect," he said. His business' new name better reflects its emphasis, he said.
A bag of needles was found at Pierce County's recycling center in Ellsworth last month, according to information from the county's public health department. The needles were contained in a plastic bag, but could pose a hazard to recycling workers. No one was hurt. A sharps disposal program is available to the public. Biohazard sharps containers can be picked up at the following department locations: 412 W. Kinne St., Ellsworth, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 108 S. Main St., Elmwood, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays; and 108 Main St., Plum City, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.
TOWN OF EL PASO--Adolph's Old Log Cabin is known beyond the borders of the small Pierce County community where it's located. Indeed, the El Paso gathering place is recognized well outside of county lines. Last month, owner Adolph Johnson received an inquiry for information about the cabin's history from a Southern Wisconsin resident.