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Benefit for Jesse Nellis Saturday

A benefit will be held for Jesse Nellis Saturday at Snowball’s and Broz bars. Nellis died unexpectedly in December, leaving behind fiancée Alisha, one-year-old Brantlee and an unborn son. (Submitted photo)

Last December saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows for Alisha Salinas.

In a span of one week, Salinas found out her and fiancée Jesse Nellis’ second child would be a boy, then she learned she’d become a single mother as Jesse unexpectedly died at age 29 due to a brain aneurysm.

“There were no warning signs,” Salinas said. “I was on the phone with him an hour before it happened.”

Needless to say, life since Dec. 21 hasn’t been easy for the 22-year-old, but she has received plenty of support.

“The family has been really good,” she said. “In all honesty, Pierce County has been good. It’s amazing how much small towns come together.”

An example of that will be Saturday, as friends and family will host a benefit at Snowball’s and Broz bars in East Ellsworth. The benefit will run from 1-6 p.m., and feature raffle items, a silent auction and a meat raffle.

Salinas explained the two were friends first before things turned romantic.

“I was comfortable with him and he was comfortable with me,” she said. “He picked me up from Hudson (where she grew up) and I never left.”

Salinas said Nellis loved the farm life and even worked on a farm outside of Ellsworth.

“There is green (John Deere) everywhere in our house,” she said.

Salinas said the couple’s oldest child, Brantlee, who recently turned one, is turning into a carbon copy of Nellis.

“He is everything like his dad with each passing day,” she said.

She said earlier this month she plans on attending the benefit, with the only exception being if she hasn’t given birth to Ryland, who is due in April.

If ones wishes to donate, contact Karla Schutz at or stop at Bank Mutual in care of the Nellis Family Benefit.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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