Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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Editor's note: This story is part of a series recapping the top stories of 2017. Read the other top stories here. It's been a long fight for Bay City resident David Meixner, and he is tired. But he refuses to give up in the battle to save what he says is his land from eminent domain proceedings.
Hillcrest Elementary students got in the holiday spirit Thursday, Dec. 14 with their program "Tis the Season." This is the last Hillcrest program, as Hillcrest and Prairie View elementary students will combine in the new Ellsworth Elementary in January. Songs were filled with dance moves and plenty of sass. They were: Kindergarten: I Want To Be An Elf, Groovin' Elf and Hip Hop Elves First grade: The Nutcracker March, A Kitty For A Present and Jingle Bells Second grade: The Little Snowflake, Footprints In The Snow and Snowman Choir
"Envision. Enhance. Enjoy. With your input, these three simple words can take on a new meaning for the Ellsworth, WI community. From the business and restaurant options you wish for, to the recreation, activities, and events that would draw you to downtown—This is a space to share your ideas for strengthening our downtown, leveraging our community's assets, and creating enjoyment for all."
Every child deserves a chance to have a Merry Christmas. That is the inspiration behind the third annual Pierce County Shop with a Cop event, set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in Ellsworth. About 60 officers from Pierce County law enforcement agencies (including police departments, Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and State Patrol) will be paired with 60 children for a night of cookie decorating, pizza partying and shopping.
ELLSWORTH -- It was a frosty 22 degrees when gallopers took their places to begin fifth annual Gobbler's Gallop 2017 Thanksgiving Day 5K Family Fun Run in Ellsworth. Several runners and walkers stayed warm at the starting line by hopping up and down, donning turkey caps, or rubbing their hands briskly together. The run, sponsored by St. Paul's United Church of Christ, raises funds for the Pierce County Food Pantry. It started and ended at Nilssen's Foods.
"It's so wonderful to see a child's eyes light up when they get to make a choice off the cookie shelf." The joy that comes from giving folks the opportunity to feed their families motivates new Plum City Food Pantry Coordinator Jim Musgraves. His calm, soothing demeanor exudes two qualities he embraces: humility and gratitude. It's obvious serving people to the best of his ability defines Musgraves, who took over the pantry coordinator position from Leonard Dodson the week of Nov. 6.
Two Hudson High School seniors signed national letters of intent in a ceremony at HHS Wednesday, Nov. 8 Kaitlyn Gilson will continue her athletic career in Division I gymnastics at Ohio State, while Anna Wilgren will head to Division II Minnesota State University-Mankato to play hockey. Gilson, the daughter of Eric and Kathryn Gilson, began her early gymnastics training in 2005 at Hudson Gymnastics, with local coaches Hiwchul Kim, Seaok An, and Megan Lund. In 2011, Gilson started training at Twin City Twisters in Champlin, Minnesota, under Mike Unger and Sami Wozney.
Aaron Moore hopes area farmers will stop into the Farm Service Agency office in the Pierce County Office Building in Ellsworth and introduce themselves. After all, the new county executive director thrives on his ability to help people. Moore took over the position Sept. 5 from Robert Forrest, who retired at the end of August. His job involves working with farmers to sign them up for programs administered through the FSA, although that's just the tip of the iceberg. Before coming to Pierce, he held that position managing the Balsam Lake Service Center.
As a part of its Veterans Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, the Elmwood School District honored James Baier, who received a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War. "First of all, it's not just for me," Baier said to the Herald in October. "It's for the Village, the people who've served." Congressional aide for Ron Kind Mark Aumann presented Baier with the Bronze Star. During his speech, Baier honored Bronze Star recipient Don Schmitz and Double Bronze Star recipient Danny Weyer, along with his family, many of whom were in attendance.
TOWN OF TRIMBELLE -- A woman and her two children were taken to the hospital after their vehicle rolled over into a field Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the town of Trimbelle. According to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office news release, police responded to the crash scene about 4:40 p.m. on U.S. Highway 63 near the County Road KK intersection.