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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It's the first day of fall, but you wouldn't know it by the sweltering forecast for Wisconsin. Afternoon highs will be in the 90s in southern and western portions of the Badger State -- and the heat index could reach 100 in the La Crosse area and the upper 90s in the Milwaukee and Madison regions. The National Weather Service says the unseasonably hot air mass will hang around through the weekend, and we won't see a major cool down until Tuesday when parts of the state could have highs in the 60s.
Ellsworth Community School District Supt. Barry Cain reported at the Sept. 14 board meeting that the district will solicit bids for Hillcrest Elementary's asbestos removal in October. "We would not be going out to bid for Prairie View for some time yet," Cain said regarding asbestos findings in that building. CESA 10 Environmental Services provided cost estimates for asbestos removal of $250,000 for Hillcrest and $150,000 for Prairie View, which Cain said were seen as "very safe numbers for budgeting purposes."
Prescott Daze celebrated the 10th anniversary of the clock tower, which welcomes visitors at the Highway 10 bridge, Sept. 8-10.
Ellsworth High School's career class, taught by Mrs. Katie Christenson, visited the Pierce County Herald's sister newspaper facility in Red Wing Friday, Sept. 8. The Red Wing Republican Eagle building houses not only that newspaper, but a print plant where thousands of shoppers and newspapers from around the region are printed each week.
Ellsworth High School crowned its 2017 Homecoming royalty Sunday, Sept. 10 during the annual charity Diva Dudes Pageant at EHS Cafetorium. The honors went to King Nathan Hinrichs, Queen Rachael Sullivan, Senior Prince Drake Flom, Senior Princess Anna Olson, Junior Princess Claire Straub, Sophomore Princess Riley Schumaker and Freshman Princess Nadia Thurmes. The Ellsworth Panthers will take on the Somerset Spartans at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 following the annual chili cook-off and Homecoming parade. For video of the coronation, visit www.piercecountyherald.com .
ELLSWORTH -- Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power to Ellsworth residents Thursday, Sept. 7. According to an outage map on the Xcel Energy website, an estimated 1,379 customers have been affected by three outage orders. The cause of the power loss is unknown at this time, but reportedly began about 8 a.m. Power is expected to be restored by 5 p.m., according to the outage map. Check back here for an update, which will be published as facts become available.
Kick off Prescott Daze 2017 with the re-dedication of the Prescott Clock Tower at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, located on Broad Street and Highway 10. Mayor Dave Hovel will present and the Prescott High School Band will provide musicians for the dedication. Following the dedication the musicians will stroll along Broad Street playing music until 6 p.m. Whether you donated time, labor, money or a commemorative brick to the project, stop by and celebrate the beauty of the clock tower that greets travelers daily. A schedule of festivities follows:
Two women were taken to the hospital Wednesday, Aug. 30 after their vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer in the town of Ellsworth. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were notified of the crash at 11:43 p.m., which occurred at the intersection of Highway 10 and 610th Street. Initial investigation indicates a 2014 Honda CRV, driven by 73-year-old Sharon Ann Zielke of Glidden, failed to yield the right of way to a 2014 Freightliner operated by 66-year-old Steven J. Parson of Hammond, causing the Freightliner to strike the Honda.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a man who fled from police Thursday, Aug. 31. Deputies recognized a vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 63 near 730th Avenue Thursday, operated by 32-year-old Brian Tschida of rural Prescott. Tschida has a warrant out for his arrest. Deputies became involved in a vehicle pursuit after Tschida failed to stop when deputies tried to pull him over.
Plum City School District welcomed new staff members Thursday, Aug. 24 for tours and preparation for their new roles. The Herald asked them to fill out a questionnaire, in order to introduce them to the community. William Breitsprecher Position/school: Business Education/Computer Technology, Plum City Middle School & High School Hometown: Fort Atkinson, Wis.