Cost per student Mercer $25,097,
Wis. $13,505, Nation $11,762
ACT comp. score Mercer 17.0,
Wis. 19.6, Lakeland UHS 20.0,
Hurley 18.7; perfect score 36.0
Mercer DPI Report Card score
lowest of all 421 Wis. districts

Monday, June 22, 2020

A Long-Awaited Action
The day many Mercer residents had hoped for arrived at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, when Mercer School Board President Bob Davis announced that Administrator Erik Torkelson had resigned.
Torkelson’s eight-year reign of mismanagement and misspending ended after a one hour and twenty-five-minute closed session of the board.  Details of the resignation were not announced except that Davis read a brief letter from Torkelson saying that he was resigning “for purposes of retirement”. 

The long-awaited Mercer School Board action came at a closed session “to discuss administrator leave status, and to potentially take action regarding same.”  The School Board had held numerous earlier closed sessions to discuss Torkelson’s leave status, but no action was taken.

Torkelson was placed on medical leave last June, and the board apparently had been wrestling with the problem ever since of how to terminate him. 

After Torkelson was placed on medical leave, it became clear to the school board, four of the five members of which were not controlled by him, that he had to go.  The composition of the board began to change with the April 7 election and with earlier elections and events. 

The board which Torkelson had controlled had been decimated one-by-one.

The final member of the Torkelson's minions, Deanna Pierpont, was soundly defeated in her bid to be voted back on the board in the April 7 election.  Another Torkelson crony, Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, saw the writing on the wall and chose not to seek reelection in the April 7 election.

Of the other members of Torkelson's babal, his mother-in-law, Kelly Kohegyi, and Denise Thompson, were voted off the board in earlier elections. The fifth member, Noel Brandt, resigned from the board when he moved out of town.


  1. THERE IS A GOD!!!

  2. Hopefully he has to give all Mercer tax payers our money back

  3. To the “anonymous” comment writer(not posted) who expressed concern about the MSF blog losing readers based on the number of comments, rest assured that the blog is very much alive and healthy. Comments are not posted when they are redundant, seemed to be not based on fact (like yours) or contain obscenities.
    What really matters is the “pageview” counts which Google provides the blogger on a “now, day, week, month, all time” basis. On the first day posting of a new MSF blog, the pageview count is usually between 500 to 700. On the second and subsequent days it will fall back to a normal 200 to 300 level. Highly topical first day posts can be as high as 3,438, as was the case on July 11, 2018, when the “Fifty Shades of Grey” story broke. Another one-day high was 2,757 pageviews on April 6, 2019, when fraud charges were filed against five former school board members.
    The most recent post, “TORKELSON IS OUT”, had 563 pageviews in the first 24 hours, and then 701 the second day. As of this writing, on the third day the count is 322.
    Google also provides the blogger with a wealth of additional information about the “traffic source, audience, and browser operating system”. Interestingly, one or two pageviews come on an ordinary day from such places as Hong Kong, China, Russia, Poland, the UK, etc. 92.3% of the pageviews come from inside Wisconsin and the rest from elsewhere in the U.S.—another interested Google blogger stat.
    As for your statement that the blog is “useless, negative, nonproductive”, how can you possibly say that a blog which has reported, among other things, on the documented misuse of taxpayer dollars, DPI investigations into the misuse of Community Service Fund 80 monies and teacher test cheating, and poor academic results, be "useless, negative, nonproductive"?
    Finally, the blog editors are really not interested in pageview or comment counts. They are solely interested in the accurate reporting of facts and in reaching those persons who can make a different by correcting what was a very bad situation.

  4. BRAVO for calling out someone who doesn’t know what she is talking about. She is obviously ignorant of the facts that the Mercer voters got rid of the corrupt school board and that the new board is cleaning up the mess left behind by Torkelson and his stooges. Does that make the Mercer voters and the new school board “useless, negative and nonproductive?”

  5. Save Our StudentsJune 25, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    I have personally verified the facts published on this blogsite. They are nothing less than 100% accurate.

  6. Mr. Torkelson good riddance. I know you read this. You have mistreated my family and destroyed any chance of our child receiving an education in Mercer not being discriminated against. Thank goodness we had the resource to drive everyday out of our district away from you to receive a great education. Thank you to the new board for cleaning up the Torkelson disaster. Although our child missed the opportunity to go to school locally the future is now bright for current and future Mercer children. Sorry Torkelson I do not wish you well in your "retirement". You have mistreated my family terribly.