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Area school districts are busier than ever when it comes to the state's open enrollment program. School officials now know the number of students from elsewhere who've applied to enter their districts for the 2007-08 term starting this fall. Some also have an idea of how many plan to leave, though those numbers aren't yet finalized. The numbers reflect requests at this point and changes are possible between now and this fall. The statewide application period was from Feb. 5 to 23. School boards typically act on the applications at their meetings this month.
A house in Bay City was damaged by fire Thursday evening. The Ellsworth Fire Department was called to the Fred C. Scott residence at W6498 Main St. at 8:04 p.m. There was extensive fire damage; the occupants got out safely and no one was injured. The cause of the blaze was undetermined as of Friday. Fire fighters were on the scene until 9:39 p.m. Also Thursday at 9:27 a.m., the EFD went to the Clark House residence at W6094 Hwy. 10 on a report of smoke in the basement. The smoke was traced to a fan motor in the furnace.
BAY CITY --- The caboose is typically found at a train's end, but in the case of an area young woman's road to stardom, it's right up front. The owners of the new Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City, centered around a former railroad caboose and scheduled to open this Friday, are organizing a promotion in support of Laura Osnes.
Cell phone users encountering emergencies can take advantage of Pierce County's new wireless 911 system. Pierce officials, who've been working to bring 911 to wireless callers here for approximately four years, entered phase two (the final phase) of the project in January, according to Lt.
Spelling has long been 10-year-old Carlie Christensen's strong suit and now it's taking her all the way to the state spelling bee. The daughter of Gale and Jody Christensen of Ellsworth will represent the Ellsworth School District at the event at Monona High School in Madison on Saturday, March 17, her mother said Thursday.
A quarter century after they began, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile's visits to Ellsworth High School are more productive than ever. The Red Cross and the EHS Student Council, which has sponsored those visits to the school since March of 1982, will mark the 25th anniversary with special festivities later this month, according to School Nurse Sharlene Kreye. When the bloodmobile makes its usual March stop on Monday, March 19, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., donors will receive t-shirts bearing the legend "Ellsworth High School--25 Years of Saving Lives," and there will be cake and balloons.
The Ellsworth School Board approved budget adjustments Monday, most of which result from elementary school reconfiguration. Superintendent Dan Kaler said the reconfiguration is the recommendation of administration, supported by the majority of long-range planning committee members.
Victims of domestic and sexual violence have a friend in Turningpoint, an organization serving Pierce and St. Croix counties with services that were outlined for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The organization served 2,570 victims of domestic and sexual violence last year, according to Bree Adams, in-house advocate for Turningpoint.
Gordon Halverson taught art in Ellsworth schools for 30 years and now his art is on display at the local public library. Watercolors, Halverson's favorite painting media, dominate the display, which went up the middle of this month and will continue through next week, he said Wednesday. The retired teacher was approached about sharing some of his artistry by Janet Helmer of the library staff. "It's nice to have something up," he said Helmer indicated when asking him to select some pieces for the display. He chose 13 of his works featuring a winter theme for the display, Halverson said.
The ice cream one parent referred to in demonstrating her feelings about school reconfiguration at Thursday's public hearing was melted, she said. No matter what she did to dress up the "sundae" she'd promised her children --- add chocolate syrup, squirt on whipped cream or top with a cherry --- she still didn't want to eat that unappetizing, liquefied ice cream. She felt the same way about moving all Ellsworth School District fifth graders to the middle school next term, even if playground equipment was added there, computer availability was better than at the elementary schools or there wa