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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.
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.
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.
The number of participants and amount of waste collected increased significantly over a year ago during this fall's Clean Sweep on Sept. 15 at Pierce County's recycling center in Ellsworth. At 361, vehicle numbers equaled the record-high of the 2004 spring event and were 121 more than the 240 vehicles of a year earlier, according to a report from the county's solid waste department.
TOWN OF EL PASO -- Government in this town east of Ellsworth has recently taken on a surprisingly different look. Surprising because holders of town board positions usually don't change when the soonest election is over three months away. Different because the positions in question are two of the most important any town has. The chairman's post underwent a change after long-time Chair Lester Heise died of a heart attack this fall while making a delivery in Red Wing for his trucking job.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Much like Ed Daleiden said he got into conservation practices by "bits and pieces," the veteran Maiden Rock farmer keeps collecting increasingly higher awards for his related efforts. The latest is the state's Conservation Farmer of the Year, presented to him by the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association (WLWCA).
Later Ellsworth High School starting times twice a month to accommodate a new Collaborative Teacher Team Time were approved by the local school board Monday. EHS Principal Barry Cain explained the schedule, beginning in February, will give staff time to work together.
Seasonable snowfall and cold temperatures have area snowmobilers hoping for the best conditions for their sport this winter in recent memory. With approximately eight inches of snow already on the ground in this vicinity, the Pierce County Snowmobile Association sent out its two groomers for the first time this season last week.