Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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Area businesses are being cautioned about an increase in counterfeit bill activity in this vicinity, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members heard Thursday.
A former local resident who's been diagnosed with cancer will be the subject of a benefit this month. The benefit for Lisa Fasbender is planned for Saturday, June 22, from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave., Stacy, Minn. A dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, bread and salad will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The dinner is being donated by Hearthside Pizza of St. Paul; a $10 donation from diners is requested. The Stacy Lions will sell beer and soft drinks, and there will be a DJ to provide entertainment.
MAIDEN ROCK--When is it permissible for a graduate of a community school to sleep overnight there? When the school's been converted into a lodging establishment and it's become a place to stay for several alumni attending their class reunion. Harriet Rothe, a member of the former Maiden Rock High School Class of 1953, not only posed this question and answered it herself to be appreciated as a novelty, but is among organizers of a reunion creating this situation.
PLUM CITY--The ordeal of living with cancer has started to take a toll on Tim Helmueller. Troy Cleasby, a friend of the Plum City native, said Wednesday the patient hasn't been able to go to Thomson Reuters, where they both work, roughly since the end of December, when the approach to his treatments changed. "All of last year, he could do what he wanted," Cleasby said about his friend, who was diagnosed with aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma a year ago last month. Cleasby hoped the recipient of a benefit he's organizing with others for Saturday, March 23, will be able to a
The old saying, "It's always darkest before the dawn," is one people who are struggling through life may be able to relate to. Daylight for strugglers from this area appears to be on the horizon with the arrival of Assistance and Resource Center (ARC). The River Falls-based non-profit organization expanded into the territory covered by the Ellsworth School District effective the first of this year, according to Board Chairperson Lori Rodewald. ARC provides assistance to people of all ages and from all walks of life -- most anybody, Rodewald said Wednesday.
For an inspirational speaker, a book is almost as important, as a wheelchair is to Tasha Schuh. "I had seen a book would come in handy," said Schuh, explaining many of her speaking appearances have required her to leave out 80% of the information about her "journey," though she really wanted to share the whole story. That journey began in November of 1997 when, as the title of her new book indicates, Schuh took "My Last Step Backward." The then-Ellsworth High School student was rehearsing for a school play, "The Wizard of Oz," at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing when she fell through an open
MARTELL -- Dan Knutson can foresee a day when the former Thompson General Store in the heart of Martell serves a commercial business again. Or perhaps the historic building could become a bed-and-breakfast, catering to the fishing enthusiasts who enjoy the nearby Rush River.
ELLSWORTH -- Josh Hudek and Bonny Brown wanted a business venture they could share. The brother-and-sister didn't know exactly what it would be, Brown said, but whatever it was, they'd run it together. "We hang out a lot," she said. As of early August, they became proprietors of an Ellsworth eatery that's fulfilled their goal, though the customers probably do more of the "hanging out." Pop's Malt Shop is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day in the west business district building most recently housing the Rock N' Roll Café at 358 W.
No doubt, it's been hot, but Pierce County has yet to experience the drought-like conditions some other parts of the State of Wisconsin have this growing season. "We've been the garden spot," Pierce Agriculture Agent Greg Andrews said Friday, noting all one has to do by way of visual confirmation in this vicinity is look out the window and notice how the lawns are fairly green. Andrews, who delivers a weekly weather and crop progress report to the state for the county, said there were signs of mild heat stress here during a week-long stretch around the Fourth of July.
Polka enthusiasts will party on down to the Pierce County Fairgrounds July 6-8 for the 37th annual Ellsworth Polka Fest. They're a loyal bunch, these fans of the music-with-a-beat and fast-paced dance. They come here to swell as well as entertain the local population, one of the most popular stops on a summer festival circuit. Lots of whooping and hollering are promised as the faithful whirl and twirl across two wooden dance floors set up inside the grounds.