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ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- From a "grab bag" of advice, Sue Langer pulled tips for improving customer service at the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday. Langer, a representative of First National Bank of River Falls-Prescott, distributed small clear storage bags full of token items to chamber members to help make her point. She credited "Leading for Growth" by Ray Davis as being behind this part of her presentation. Each bag contained a toothpick, rubber band, band aid, pencil, eraser, gum, mint, candy kiss and tea bag.
A referendum regarding a long-range plan for the district was proposed at the Ellsworth School Board meeting early last week. School administration recommended the board consider holding a referendum election on Tuesday, April 1, featuring ballot questions about facilities and operations, Superintendent Dan Kaler said.
As the new Pierce County UW-Extension Resource Agent, Dr. Darien Simon will take a wide-ranging view of community needs. Simon's background suggests she's just the person for such an assignment. Not only has her educational career brought her across the nation and back, but her interests have involved her in a vast array of projects. Most recently, she's been an independent consultant, Simon said Friday.
BAY CITY -- Family and friends are rallying to help Mary Jo Truttman, a cancer patient and Red Wing resident who's well-known in Pierce County. Their latest assist to the three-and-a-half-year survivor of the disease is a benefit being held at Mike's Baytown Bar and Grill in Bay City Jan. 19. Randy Trok, one of the organizers, said they hope she can attend the event. "She's been a real fighter," Trok said Wednesday about how Truttman's dealing with the cancer. The patient was home on Christmas Day, able to join in family activities for nearly three hours that afternoon, he said.
Anyone who gets all over town in Ellsworth is likely to have encountered the work of Roger Bjork because he does, too. Since 1981, Bjork has been a regular on the local streets and in the places served by municipal government as a member of the Village of Ellsworth's public works department. After this Friday, he'll rejoin the ranks of village citizens as a retiree. The Ellsworth native said he's enjoyed laboring alongside the other crew members and may have continued a bit longer if not for health reasons.
In less than seven years, a supplier of healthful products to food manufacturers from a research facility in Ellsworth has found the right ingredients for a recipe of growth and success. Fiberstar, Inc., has attracted business and gotten awards for its Citri-Fi line, which Vice President of Technology Brock Lundberg said Wednesday contains orange pulp, a byproduct of orange juice.
A nearly $100,000 grant awarded to the Ellsworth Fire Department last month will mainly be used to replace turnout gear for firefighters here. The new gear, including boots, coats, pants and the like, will outfit 45 of the 50 members of the department, according to Fire Chief Brent Langer.
Twice annually or four times a year, Ray Carlson remains a loyal donor to the American Red Cross Bloodmobile when it visits Ellsworth. Carlson takes his donating seriously enough that he's been a regular since Ellsworth High School has hosted the bloodmobile, beginning later than the other stops it's long made in the community.
Tuesday was Merlin Blaisdell's day, but the outgoing Pierce County Veterans Service Officer has made every day a veterans day during his four-and-a-half years in the local office. And it's likely that's a practice Blaisdell will continue in the same position in St. Croix County, where he succeeds Lorin Sather next Monday. The day here last week was proclaimed by Pierce County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, a proclamation read before the board at their monthly meeting.
Before Karen Rickard came to Pierce County, she worked with the elderly and physically challenged in La Crosse. After Rickard began helping people in what is now Pierce's Long-Term Support program, a friend of hers from La Crosse came to visit. "She told me, 'You've really found your niche here, haven't you?," the local social worker said. On the occasion of her retirement from the program last week, Rickard reaffirmed she indeed had.