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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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.
His family knew the late Zachary Siewert as someone who was always helping others. Many of the employees with whom Siewert worked on the family farm remembered how he was willing to loan them money and some never got the chance to pay him back, they said Thursday.
EL PASO--The first time people see them perform, some just sit and stare while others pick up on a spirit so contagious they want to join right in. At least that's the way Dennis Wood, one of the founders of the El Paso Marching Band, described public reaction to this memorable area parade fixture last week. Zany, wacky, crazy and wild would be other appropriate descriptive words for an outfit that's nothing if not spontaneous. Any recognition the group's received over the past 26 years of their existence tended to be tongue-in-cheek.
PRESCOTT--Gardening is said to be therapeutic and Diane House of Prescott agrees. After a long day of driving truck, House relieves stress by tending to the garden and accompanying decorations which fill her yard. A sitting area and pond with fountain are highlights. "I like the water noise," she said Thursday about a soothing aspect. House, who's been a member of the Minnesota Water Garden Society since 2004, will host a stop on that organization's 14th annual pond tour Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Products inside the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery's retail store appeared tempting to the sidekick of a popular Twin Cities outdoors journalist Thursday. But "Raven," the canine companion to Ron Schara of Ron Schara Productions, remained well-behaved. The dog only slightly sniffed a stand where bags of cheese curds and other foods are displayed.