- Member for
- 1 year 1 month
The world is becoming an extremely small place, as fifth graders in Doug Fahrendorff's class at Hillcrest Elementary School can attest. Students from the local class have online postings on an internet message board established by a teacher in Israel.
PLUM CITY--Alumni who've gone on similar journeys in the past were among well wishers as Plum City High School seniors left on their class trip to Washington, D.C., Wednesday. It was the 50th time the trip has been held, begun in 1956. Twenty-five students boarded a coach from Laidlaw Transportation in Red Wing out front of the local high school as a crowd waved and snapped photos. The bus actually got a slightly early start from the scheduled 2 p.m.
A turn in the stock market had Richard O'Connor concerned last week. The market, which had been high earlier this month, appeared to be turning around, O'Connor said Friday. Tracking it is part of his job as financial advisor for area M&I Banks, including the Ellsworth office. "We've tested the highs, now it looks like we're going to test the lows," he said. M&I was seeking a certified financial planner and bank officials approached him, the St. Paul native said.
Previously, Brian Pieper focused on helping others with their money, now he helps them with their surroundings at home. In the process, Pieper has been pleased to trade a big-city job for self-employment in Ellsworth, his home town. Like his former profession, his present enterprise is based on establishing a solid foundation. "We enjoy working with natural stone," he said about Rockworks, a local landscaping business now entering its fourth season. The name was his wife Amy's idea, chosen from suggestions by family and friends, he said.
Careerwise, Linda Johnson came a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Twenty-one years after Johnson began as an aide in Ellsworth High School's library, she's retiring as the librarian there. Inbetween, the St. Paul native got two degrees and worked for three area school districts. "When my youngest started kindergarten, I started here," she said Wednesday, referring to son Trevor, now 25 and of Prescott.
The building was smaller and the name was Auto Stop, but the ownership and the location were the same when Gretchen Lange worked at an Ellsworth convenience store and station around 20 years ago. Now, Lange has returned to manage what's since been changed to Holiday, on the northeast corner of Main and Maple streets (Hwys. 10-63 and 65). She succeeded Lisa Moen at the business earlier this year. "I started with SSG," she said Wednesday, referring to the corporation behind the outlet. The Hastings, Minn., native said she followed her father's lead when choosing a career.
An increasing number of incidents kept Ellsworth Police Department officers even busier last year than in 2004, according to the EPD's 2005 annual report. The report shows there were 3,432 offenses recorded in '05. That compares with 3,281 calls to the department in '04. Enforcement of traffic laws demands much of the officers' time, Police Chief Greg Place wrote in the report.
A switch of fifth graders from Hillcrest Elementary School to Ellsworth Middle School beginning this fall was approved by the local school board Monday. The move was originally proposed to the board last month because of overcrowded conditions at Hillcrest.
Fifth graders in Don Owen's class at Prairie View Elementary School will make their instrumental debut at public performances this month. And what the students have achieved in preparing for such appearances is music to their teacher's ears. This spring, the class took on a cardboard guitar-building project, Owen said Thursday.
The health and well-being of children are behind Kids Day America, an event coming for the first time to Ellsworth Middle School Saturday, May 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Dr. and Mrs. Kyle Kollbaum of the local Kollbaum Chiropractic Clinic are organizing the special day, centered on children's health, safety and environmental issues.