Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. 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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George L. Jacques, former CEO of Jacques Seed Company in Prescott who later started George’s Seed Outlets, died Thursday, He was 90. The company which Jacques built into a major U.S. multi-seed research, development and marketing firm was begun by his father, William. In 1929, the firm was supplying 75 percent of the seed corn planted in Wisconsin. However, it also supplied many Iowa farmers, Oklahoma farmers were buying the seed corn, and some was even going to South America and Africa the following year.
The fact he continues being a minister late in life attests to Rev. Delbert Permann’s contention he really enjoys it.
Tammy Pitzen has several reasons why she wanted to be the new secretary for the Pierce County Fair office, a role she assumed in December, succeeding Ginny Huber. For one thing, the River Falls native spent time every summer on the county fairgrounds in Ellsworth while growing up and has fond memories of those days, she said.
There are always buildings and grounds projects to be done at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. “It’s just part of routine maintenance,” said Groundskeeper Ken Hines, who’s assisted by a crew of eight volunteer youths. However, some of the efforts are more extensive than others. For example, this year a new foundation is being installed under a portion of the Round Barn, one of the grounds’ most unique structures, Hines said.
Firefighters from four departments, including Ellsworth, were called to a barn fire in the Town of El Paso Wednesday morning.
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.