Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Every child deserves a chance to have a Merry Christmas. That is the inspiration behind the third annual Pierce County Shop with a Cop event, set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in Ellsworth. About 60 officers from Pierce County law enforcement agencies (including police departments, Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and State Patrol) will be paired with 60 children for a night of cookie decorating, pizza partying and shopping.
ELLSWORTH -- It was a frosty 22 degrees when gallopers took their places to begin fifth annual Gobbler's Gallop 2017 Thanksgiving Day 5K Family Fun Run in Ellsworth. Several runners and walkers stayed warm at the starting line by hopping up and down, donning turkey caps, or rubbing their hands briskly together. The run, sponsored by St. Paul's United Church of Christ, raises funds for the Pierce County Food Pantry. It started and ended at Nilssen's Foods.
As the holiday season kicks off, the tinkling of Salvation Army bells will waft through the air, beckoning shoppers to drop coins, bills and checks into the waiting Red Kettles, stationed throughout area communities. This year's Pierce County campaign will run Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 at locations in River Falls and Ellsworth, said Pierce County Kettle Coordinator Deanna Hines. "We are very thankful for the people who donate as well as the people who ring bells," Hines said.
What is going on with the proposed Vista Croix development and the former Mary T's building on Oak Street? There is movement, according to City Administrator Jayne Brand. The City recently met with the new owner of the building that once housed a hospital and later a short-lived assisted living facility. The owners are proposing a senior living facility and memory care unit, Brand said. The building has been unused for at least 10 years. "They are working on a demolition plan," Brand said. "They want to build back in the same footprint of the current building."
"It's so wonderful to see a child's eyes light up when they get to make a choice off the cookie shelf." The joy that comes from giving folks the opportunity to feed their families motivates new Plum City Food Pantry Coordinator Jim Musgraves. His calm, soothing demeanor exudes two qualities he embraces: humility and gratitude. It's obvious serving people to the best of his ability defines Musgraves, who took over the pantry coordinator position from Leonard Dodson the week of Nov. 6.
Pierce County bow and youth hunters share their trophies in a photo gallery.
Aaron Moore hopes area farmers will stop into the Farm Service Agency office in the Pierce County Office Building in Ellsworth and introduce themselves. After all, the new county executive director thrives on his ability to help people. Moore took over the position Sept. 5 from Robert Forrest, who retired at the end of August. His job involves working with farmers to sign them up for programs administered through the FSA, although that's just the tip of the iceberg. Before coming to Pierce, he held that position managing the Balsam Lake Service Center.
As a part of its Veterans Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, the Elmwood School District honored James Baier, who received a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War. "First of all, it's not just for me," Baier said to the Herald in October. "It's for the Village, the people who've served." Congressional aide for Ron Kind Mark Aumann presented Baier with the Bronze Star. During his speech, Baier honored Bronze Star recipient Don Schmitz and Double Bronze Star recipient Danny Weyer, along with his family, many of whom were in attendance.
The flyer reads "Little by Little, Day by Day, Helping Tonya Climb the Steps to Recovery." A benefit will be held for Tonya Shaw-Brunner noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at The Pickle Factory (205 First St., Pepin), including a DJ, bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and three auctions: silent, live and Chinese. Broasted chicken dinners will be sold for $10 per plate.