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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ELLSWORTH — The nomination process for Wisconsin’s spring elections starts Tuesday. Participants must circulate nomination papers or otherwise declare their intentions by 5 p.m. Jan. 5 for the April 5 election. People seeking school positions in Pierce County file declarations of candidacy, while those for municipal posts mostly circulate papers. Exceptions are the villages of Bay City and Maiden Rock, where caucus meetings for nomination purposes will be held in January. Oak Grove and River Falls townships hold caucuses while in Trenton Township nomination papers are circulated.
ELLSWORTH — A collaboration between a spiritual songwriter and one of this area’s most talented performers has given new voice to the former’s compositions. Rosie Conroy, who has written songs for over 14 years, and Colleen Raye of the Raye/Grimm family of entertainers have teamed on 25 to 30 numbers since 2004. Raye said she’s now performing some of Conroy’s material locally. Both women are from Pierce County. For a recent 45-minute performance at Preferred Senior Living in Ellsworth, the singer selected songs knowing the center’s Bible study would fill the audience.
ELLSWORTH — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After a recent survey in which most respondents were receptive, the Ellsworth School Board Monday approved two resolutions putting a levy override proposal on the district’s Tuesday April 7 election ballot.
Vote choose middle ground for instructional days Ellsworth’s Director of Teaching and Learning Paul Uhren outlined three proposals for the School Board Monday in light of last year’s change by the state no longer requiring 180 days of face-to-face student instruction in an academic year. Locally, the idea of considering a fewer days had been raised earlier with budget cuts in mind. Uhren said he showed the proposals for a calendar featuring 172, 175 or 179 days to teachers and administrators.
A reluctant student at first, Dr. Carrie Kern has found her niche as the new family medicine provider at Mayo Clinic Health System in Ellsworth. It wasn’t until her senior...
HAGER CITY — Dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one to suicide doesn't get any easier, Tisha Krig said. Another year has passed since Krig's brother took his life in early 2011, and she is as committed as ever to providing support for others who've had a similar experience, as well as promoting awareness of these ever-increasing tragedies. One way is through the second Out of the Darkness walk next month. "Last year, we raised nearly $20,000," Krig said, adding approximately 200 people walked in the event.
A local recreation facility that’s been good could be better. That’s the feeling among officials of two government agencies and an organization who have strived toward improving Bob Young Field in Ellsworth’s Summit Park.
Gabe Reid has had ownership in mind ever since he started working at Freier's Electric and Heating in 2000. For the last eight years, Reid has been involved in management of the business based in Ellsworth's east end, with other locations in Hudson, Wis., and Lake City.
HAGER CITY -- If, like a cat, Chris Larson has nine lives, those remaining can hardly be as medically challenging as the ones he's already lived. This Thursday, Larson will mark the 25th anniversary of his heart transplant by visiting his physician for his annual check-up. Doctor visits are as natural for the Hager City resident as catching mice would be if he really was a cat. But he'd much rather be at a tractor pull. "I like to ride my tractor," the third heart transplant patient in the history of Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern Hospital said Friday when asked what he does for fun.
ELLSWORTH -- Interest in the new Youth Ambassador program is mushrooming. "I've been getting calls and e-mails," said Linda Hines of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. She leads the program, which replaces the Miss Ellsworth program. When the June 2010 Ellsworth Cheese Festival concluded, so did the last royal court's reign. The chamber is recruiting area high school juniors for Youth Ambassador, she said. Two youths will be chosen annually.