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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.
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.
Over two years' worth of preparations have paid off for Fullerton Building Center, which is now home at a new location southeast of Ellsworth along Hwy. 10. The company has grown its local presence with state-of-the-art facilities on a nearly nine-acre parcel across from Plummer Concrete.
Proposed budget reductions for the 2007-08 school year totaling $826,707 were presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Of the nine items involved in the proposal, eight are related to a plan to reconfigure the school district's grade structure.
TOWN OF SPRING LAKE --- County Concrete has proposed developing a new quarry in the Town of Spring Lake. The proposal, which calls for eventually altering 129 acres over two parcels of property, was discussed by town board members and a large group of residents who voiced concerns Tuesday.
People who drive around Pierce County during the upcoming road construction season should be prepared to encounter bridge work, intersection revamps and other upgrades on county highways. Improvement projects on the county highway department's slate for this year are located in the far northwest and southeast corners of Pierce, and scattered inbetween, according to Construction Superintendent Jim Harris. A bridge replacement will be done on CTH FF near 1090th Street in the Town of Clifton, Harris said Friday.
Opposition to an elementary school reconfiguration proposal dominated a question-and-answer session at the Ellsworth High School cafetorium Wednesday. The district's long-range planning committee, which is considering that reconfiguration and other proposals before making recommendations to the school board, met at the same time in the EHS library. School Board President Scott Helmer and Curriculum and Instruction Director Leona Johnson responded to questions and heard comments from an audience mostly comprised of parents.
PLUM CITY --- Round two of cleaning Nugget Lake in the county park near Plum City could be finished as early as this week. Heavy equipment employed by Integrity Excavating of Hastings, Minn., which was awarded the dredging contract in the fall of 2005, kept operating Tuesday to remove 44,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lake's upper end. Park Superintendent Scott Schoepp said recent frigid weather conditions assisted the effort. "The contractor was unable to complete the project last winter due to the extremely warm winter we experienced," he said.
The winner of a $20,000 Power Play drawing in the Wisconsin State Lottery earlier this month plans to use his winnings to pay bills. Kerry Hansen said Wednesday he's won smaller lottery prizes ranging from $60 to $90 before, but never "anything big." Although he's played the lottery for a long time, it's happened more consistently in the last six months, when he developed a set of numbers. "I grabbed them out of the sky," he said about his selection process. The machinist who works in St. Paul checked the winning numbers the morning after he bought his ticket for the drawing Jan.
Some things change, others stay the same, as Bill Warner has discovered in coming back to the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) executive director's position.