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The next generation of plumbers in the Bigaouette family is establishing a rural business in Pierce County. Barry Bigaouette worked with his father, Ed, in plumbing most of his adult life. Now that his dad is ready to retire from his business in Stillwater, Minn., Bigaouette has set out on his own. His new Pierce Plumbing Inc. in Gilman Township got under way early this year. Plumbing as Bigaouette has known it has been in eight-plexes and four-plexes, besides single-family units, he said.
Plum City Village President Douglas Watkins will face a challenger in Tuesday's election. Trustee Peggy Gilles, who has been on the Village Board for 20 years, wants the top seat. "I believe Plum City can be managed better," she said. Two others on the ballot -- Leonard Dodson and Roland Eccles -- are running for the two open trustee seats. Dodson is an incumbent, while Eccles looks to take the seat filled by the departing Teresa Fedie. Watkins is 57 years and was born and raised in Plum City. He and his wife, Gloria Lecheler Watkins, have four children.
No matter what health challenge Mary McHardy faces, the Multiple Sclerosis patient from Ellsworth keeps on fighting. The latest challenge was a bout with pneumonia which put her in Hudson's hospital for three days, McHardy said Thursday.
ELLSWORTH -- Like an overgrown game of musical chairs, several Pierce County government offices are switching places inside various county buildings. If all the remodeling and moving can be equated to the music in that game, it seemed to have stopped. And at least three offices are settling into new homes. The Pierce County Fair office and the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center vacated their adjacent spaces on the street level of the Pierce County Office Building, which the Information Technology Services eventually will occupy.
No matter what the sky condition, the staff at Freier's Electric and Heating in East Ellsworth is following the sun. The business, which has geared up for a decade to offer solar energy options for its customers, has begun to realize that goal, owner Scott Freier said.
ELLSWORTH -- An interest in business may have shaped Shelley Anderson's career, but her involvement with libraries keeps solidifying it. Anderson, who succeeds Mark Blando as director of the Ellsworth Public Library, has both a business and a library background. "They blend," she said. Education has been another influence on Anderson's career direction, she said. The libraries where she was employed previously were in the local schools.
Look for pavement grinding and blacktop spreading machinery, flaggers, and bright orange signs and cones if driving on Highway 65 between Ellsworth and River Falls this spring through midsummer. The Eau Claire office of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has targeted the highway as one of three around Pierce County to undergo significant road construction this year. "The last time anything major was done to that road was 1993," DOT project development Supervisor Paul Conlin said. From north of Highway 10/63 near Ellsworth to just south of Cemetery Road outside of River Falls, 65
PLUM CITY -- A need was demonstrated and the community responded. That's the story behind Plum City's new food shelf, according to organizers Pastor Philip Bloomdahl and Leonard Dodson. The shelf started operating on the lower level of the Evangelical Free Church in the village in November.
The Ellsworth School Board reached a couple of conclusions as members discussed budgeting and options for the 2009-10 term in special session before a large audience Thursday. Although they declined to vote formally, board members will not seek another referendum -- at least for now. The idea of going to voters again following a couple of failed attempts had been presented at a special board meeting last month. Members were receptive to Supt. Barry Cain's suggestion to reconvene the district's Long-Range Planning Committee.
MAIDEN ROCK -- A mining operation in southern Pierce County is exploding and it's not a destructive blast, but a developmental boom. Fairmount Minerals Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co.