Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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The Dawn McPherson home at N4175 610th Ave. in the town of Ellsworth was badly damaged by a fire Monday evening. Authorities received a call from a neighbor who saw flames about 10 p.m. The first sheriff's deputy heading to the scene told the dispatcher she could see flames from Hwy. 10, more than a mile away. When Ellsworth Fire and Ambulance crews arrived, they were uncertain whether the two-story home was occupied. A neighbor had shut off an LP tank outside the house prior to the fire department's arrival. It wasn't until about 10:20 p.m.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved a new one-year contract with union employees Monday and received the unanimous recommendation of the financing, purchasing and buildings committee to approve the village operating budget for 2011. The contract calls for a wage adjustment of 2 percent starting Jan. 1 and 1 percent starting July 1, with a change in language on longevity pay back from Jan. 1, 1989, to the date of hire. The proposed 2011 budget will spend $3,136,889, leaving a shortfall of $597,412 as compared to revenues.
DURAND - It seemed that for every good play Ellsworth made in Friday's Middle Border Conference contest with rival Durand, it was quickly erased by a bad one. And the bad ones hurt, with Durand scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on interception returns, blunting an Ellsworth rally and leading to a 34-10 win. Ellsworth was down 21-0 in the fourth quarter when the Panthers scored their touchdown, a 4-yard run by Tanner Eggenberger.
Heavy rain from Tuesday evening's storm has left parts of Pierce County under water, especially along the Rush River and Trimbelle Creek. Sections of Highway 10 and 63 were closed by Pierce County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning. A flash flood warning was in effect for the county until noon. Highway 10 near CTH. A was closed at 6 a.m. this morning and the Rush River swollen to cover 100 feet of roadway near Wieser's Concrete. The Rush also overflowed its banks along Highway 72 near the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club.
The Pierce County Department of Health has ordered the old Ellsworth Senior/Junior High building closed Thursday and deemed non-occupancy status after FDA officials and U.S. Marshals seized contaminated foodstuffs from the building Tuesday. "We have received public health complaints about the building and we are in the process of conducting and investigation," Sue Galoff of the Pierce County Health Department said.
MADISON -- Ellsworth rallied twice from deficits to win the school's fourth state wrestling championship. The No. 2 Panthers defeated No. 4 Pewaukee 33-19 in the semifinals and No. 1 ranked Lodi 35-23 in the finals of the WIAA Division 2 state team wrestling tournament Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Field House. Versus Lodi, Ellsworth trailed 17-3 after the 103-pound match. The Panthers rallied back with wins by Sam Huppert at 112, a key pinfall by D.J. Yarwood at 119 and a major decision by Taylor Boettcher at 125.
GILMANTON, Wis. -- Both Plum City and Gilmanton were exhausted near the end of Thursday's WIAA Division 4 Arcadia Regional semifinal. Given the fact Plum City had to fight its way back several times to just stay even with top-seeded Panthers, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils were vulnerable to a quick counterattack. Such a run happened in overtime and it was enough to lift the Panthers to a 63-59 win. Plum City trailed 20-16 at halftime.
SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Pepin played like an underdog fighting the champ in Tuesday's WIAA Division 4 Arcadia Regional, hanging with the second-seeded Cardinals for three quarters. But in the fourth, Spring Valley finally delivered the knockout blow. The 25-4 drubbing in the final quarter keyed the 55-32 victory. Pepin led at halftime 19-16 and upped that lead to 21-16 early in the third quarter after a basket by Nathan Stein.
MADISON -- Hayden Hauschildt joined Mark Matzek and Rick and Gary Langer as Ellsworth's two-time state wrestling champions when he pinned Iowa-Grant/Highland's Justin Washburn in 3 minutes, 13 seconds at the Wisconsin individual wrestling state tournament. Hauschildt won the Division 2 145-pound championship Saturday evening. Last year he was the 135-pound champion. Rick Langer was the champion in 1973 and 1974 and Gary Langer earned titles in 1979 and 1980.