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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.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth School Board will consider taking a two-part funding question to district voters in the November. One question would involve money for major maintenance projects. The other would call for a levy override, Supt. Barry Cain said Monday night. The referendum remains to be finalized. The present $250,000 override expires at the end of this school year.
TRENTON TOWNSHIP -- An inspection last month of the Eisenhower Bridge by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the structure is in good condition. "The bridge is in good shape overall," said Greg Haig, structure maintenance engineer for the DOT's District 6 office in Eau Claire. Other than some minor surface rust, the continuous overhead truss-type of span exhibited no problems, Haig said.
ELLSWORTH -- A mill rate of 8.36, a change of 2.57 percent from the past year, was included in the budget proposal at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. The mill rate for 2008-09, representing the tax per $1,000 of property valuation, compares to an 8.15 rate for the 2007-08 year. A total school tax levy of $7.68 million is also shown in the budget proposal for the coming year, a change of 5.81 percent from $7.26 million in 2007-08. Supt. Barry Cain told the approximately 25 people attending the meeting the budget figures are estimates at this time.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- When most people see positive results from the use of a thumb along a highway, their first thought is a hitchhiker has gotten a ride. But those encountering the state's "Wisconsin Welcomes You" sign along Highway 63 between Hager City and Red Wing can view the product of a pair of green thumbs. A flower garden occupying the sign's base is being cared for by Lawrence and Marlys Thomas of Diamond Bluff.