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"We need to celebrate the community," Ellsworth School Board President said at the Ellsworth's new elementary school's open house. "That's not just the people in Ellsworth, but all of the people in this school district who have made this building possible." Peterson along with Superintendent Barry Cain and Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Paul Bauer had a long list of people to thank at the Ellsworth Elementary School's open house on Monday, Jan. 29.
Ellsworth School District Superintendent Barry Cain was pleased to report on the successes of the new elementary school's opening at the Monday, Jan. 8 school board meeting. "I think our staff as a whole was was quite thrilled on Thursday and Friday when we transitioned back following the winter break," Cain said. "Quite frankly, it went very well."
It's natural for humans to crumble when struck with unforeseen tragedies; when faced with life-changing circumstances, many respond by altering the way they approach life. Ellsworth senior Ryan McGregor didn't react the way most would have anticipated when his father unexpectedly died in the summer of 2016. In a previous interview with the Herald, McGregor said he just wanted to be treated normally by his peers after his father's death. That went for on the field and in the classroom.
Ellie Nawrocki shot her first buck with a crossbow on Nov. 4 and her first gun-hunting buck on Dec. 2. She is 11 years old and was hunting with her father, Chad Nawrocki, under the mentoring program with the state of Wisconsin. The gun buck was shot during the metro subunit extended hunt using a .243 rifle. Both bucks were harvested out of the same box blind in Pierce County during the 2017 hunting season.
Ellsworth School Board members shared their differing points of view on whether to demolish Prairie View Elementary School and Lindgren Early Learning Center or put the properties on the market in their board meeting held on Monday, Nov. 14. The discussion led to a 5-2 vote to rescind the board's previous vote to demolish Prairie View and to vote on the matter again in a future board meeting. Susan Beck, the board's clerk, and vice-president Katie Feuerhelm made up the two "no" votes.
Many high school athletes who go through an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury never get to return to playing the sports they love. The high school careers of these athletes often end with physical therapy sessions, sitting at the end of their team's bench with crutches or a knee brace, and maybe getting subbed into a game for less than a minute just to say that they got on the court, field, track or mat one last time. Thankfully, this was not how Ellsworth's three-sport athlete Julia VanWatermeulen's ACL injury story ended.