Pierce County Herald newsroom
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson and Patrol Superintendent Al Thoner offer the following advice for safe winter driving and answer frequently asked winter driving questions. Why don’t the plows run all night? For county highways, the Pierce County Highway Department follows the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) policy for the state highways in Pierce County, for which the department does the plowing and maintenance.
PLUM CITY -- At its September meeting, the Plum City Board of Education named the district’s new superintendent of schools. Effective Dec. 20, Dr. Ronald Walsh will replace Mary Baier,...
TOWN OF ELLSWORTH -- Ellsworth Township was sectioned off from Martell Township on March 3, 1857 as Perry Township. The name was changed to Ellsworth Township during the Civil War and is named after Elmer E. Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed. The first board of supervisors included P.M. Simons, Caleb Bruce and Wilson Kinne. The first Post Office was set up in Ellsworth in 1860 with Seelah Strickland as the first Postmaster.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- Diamond Bluff had the earliest settlement by a European of any place in Pierce County. Before 1800, a Frenchman arrived and named the area “Monte Diamond,” or Mount Diamond. He married a Native American woman and lived near Monte Diamond until his death in 1824. The area was called the “Old white man’s prairie” by the local Native Americans. The backstory to this Frenchman is difficult to sort out as to what is fact and what is fiction.
HUDSON -- Xcel Energy is joining more than 80 gas and electric companies across the United States and Canada to protect customers from long-running scams that target utility customers. The collaboration will promote the first-ever North American Utilities United Against Scams Day today. The recognition day will be supported by a week-long campaign that will provide information to customers about what they should do if they suspect scam activity. The collaborative effort encourages the public to share prevention messages.
ELLSWORTH -- Educator Jesus Salas will present a talk and lead a discussion on Three Generations of Migrants: A Family History this week for the Wisconsin Humanities Council’s ShopTalk series. The discussion is hosted by the Ellsworth Public Library and the Ellsworth Senior Center and will focus on Salas’ stories of working alongside his siblings and parents, of being part of the migrant community and of the changes he experienced. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 312 W. Main St., Ellsworth
ELMWOOD -- Former Elmwood police chief and a founding member of both the Ellsworth and Elmwood EMS services died Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the age of 83. According to a tribute written by Mike Baker on the Elmwood Area Ambulance Service Facebook page, Eugene Helmer was a “pioneer” and “among the first licensed EMTs in the state.” Helmer retired as ambulance director at Elmwood in 2001, but Baker’s post reminded people that his influence on Pierce County EMS services will live on.
ELLSWORTH -- The 11th annual Wine & Wishes fundraiser event for St. Francis School will kick off at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at the St. Francis Parish Hall in Ellsworth. This year’s theme, Run for the Roses, will transform the Parish Hall into sights reminiscent of the Kentucky Derby with regalia featuring thousands of beautiful red roses.
PLUM CITY -- As we approach Nov. 8, there are probably many who will be relieved to vote and move on to Nov. 9. Yet, the American Democracy depends on...
SPRING VALLEY -- The next Spring Valley Stagehands production is a play that reflects on the lives of two veterans who return home to resume life on the farm. The show will purposefully run close to Veterans Day, and Legion and VFW post program directors have demonstrated an interest in seeing it. “The Drawer Boy” by Michael Healey, under the direction of Lori Peterson, will hit the stage Nov. 3 for a two-week run.