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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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.
Last month, Congress stepped in and now the future of post offices being considered for closing, including Beldenville's, won't be known until May. The United States Postal Service (USPS), in response to a request made by multiple U.S.
A common misperception suggests people who live on farms are naïve about some issues. When it comes to youths abusing drugs, the Nov. 10 "Down on the Pharm" town hall meeting in Ellsworth aimed to make that not be the case for farmers or anyone else.
When Pierce County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) David Till spent almost a year away from his office for military service, county officials needed to cover his responsibilities during his absence. Till is a member of the National Guard and Reserve, whose members are presently represented in overseas conflicts such as Afghanistan to the level of 50 percent of U.S. forces, County Board Supervisor Mel Pittman said this month. It fell to the county's veterans service committee, including Pittman along with Jeff Holst and Thomas Sitz, to arrange for fill-in assistance, the supervisor said.
When chili chefs cook up a batch of what they call "red," they look to make it hot. The only thing much hotter about the 21st annual chili feed at The Gas Lite west of Ellsworth Saturday, Sept. 10, will be Corey Stevens' guitar music. Likened to Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevens is playing the event for the fourth time next month. "We'll go on at 7 p.m. and play a 90-minute set," he said Wednesday about him and his band, including piano, bass and drums. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 31.
The transition gap a veteran needs to bridge after returning home from military service can be wide. Having available someone in whom to confide could make that gap narrower and the entire transition process easier for area vets. So Pierce County officials have created a new Veterans Mentoring program and now seek volunteers to serve the mentor role. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 10.