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A grant through the Safe Routes to Schools program will be pursued to establish a network of paths in the village for students to use, the Ellsworth School Board was told Monday. Board Member Rick Kornmann said the application process for the grant, expected to range between $200,000 and $250,000 if approved, is getting underway. The Ellsworth Rotary Club has agreed to cover the expense involved in getting the grant going. An ad hoc committee comprised of school and village officials, plus community members, has looked at possibilities for establishing the paths locally, Kornmann said.
Ellsworth Chiropractic and Wellness Center opened in the Village Shopping Center Wednesday. Owner Gayle Nissen said the new midway district location is more than twice as large as her former clinic in east end.
Over 40 gospel singers will ring the rafters of St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth next month to help fill the shelves of Pierce County's food pantry. "The Travelin' Shoes Gospel Choir" will present a 7 p.m. concert Sunday, Feb. 11, in the church, located at 231 Woodworth St. If there's bad weather, the concert would be rescheduled to the following Sunday, Feb. 18. "The food pantry is no longer funded by the county and must rely on donations and grants," Commodity Clerk Fred Finstad said Thursday about a tightened budget for Pierce County.
Pierce County mailed a survey last week to help 17 towns here gain public input as they develop "Smart Growth" plans, required statewide by 2010. The 35-question Community Attitudes Survey form, featuring mostly multiple-choice answers, was expected to arrive in the mailboxes of rural landowners by the end of last week. They're asked to watch for it, take a few minutes to complete it and return it as soon as possible, no later than Friday, Jan.
TOWN OF TRIMBELLE --- They resemble two-dimensional wall art, but Milton Riemenschneider's hand-carved wooden renderings of subjects ranging from wildlife to outdoor scenes stand in three-dimensional depth as a testimony to time and patience. The woodcarver has over 30 hours invested in some of his work, and that's with the benefit of 20 years of experience, he said Thursday. Using a scroll saw, he painstakingly cuts raised details into the oak, butternut or other woods serving as the basis for each of his wall hangings.
Doris Hines and Dorothy Seifert suspected they had achieved fame as the subjects of a TV newscast feature last year. Little did the Ellsworth twin sisters know the spot would ultimately be honored for excellence.
TOWN OF EL PASO -- Looking ahead to retirement, Larry Brenner wondered how he could take advantage of the scenic countryside around his Town of El Paso home. Brenner had bought his 300 acres in a valley along the Rush River in 1994, moving there and completely renovating what he called a "shack" on the property.
Dan Webster's a senior at Ellsworth High School, and already he's a veteran blood donor. Webster won't attend the American Red Cross Bloodmobile's visit to Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth on Monday, Jan. 8, but it's not because he isn't a regular giver.
The Pierce County Snowmobile Council's picking up where the sheriff's department left off. The council will conduct snowmobile safety classes beginning next month, according to President Brian Pieper. "As a council, we decided to take this on because Officer Brad Verges is no longer available (to organize the classes)," Pieper said Friday. Preparations began in the past month, he added. The council will operate the classes essentially the same as the sheriff's department has in the past, he said. Members have recruited three people who've already been certified to teach the classes.
Participation and collection numbers from this fall's Clean Sweep at Pierce County's recycling center in Ellsworth were slightly lower than those from the same event the previous fall. Two-hundred-thirty vehicles were surveyed at the Clean Sweep conducted by the Pierce County Solid Waste Department on Sept. 16, according to a report from the department.