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Ellsworth Village Board slams ultimate fighting with new ordinance

Last month's Ellsworth Village Board meeting was the opening act in a debate over whether ultimate fighting would be allowed in the village.

Monday night was the main event, as an ordinance was on the agenda to prohibit the sport on any village-owned property or premises.

It all started last month as Jason Marks, owner of Broz Bar, came to the board asking for a time change on a street dance July 12, so he could have ultimate fighting before the dance. The request was denied.

Between last month's meeting and Monday night, Village President Gerald DeWolfe said he was in contact with the village's insurance carrier and the carrier recommended no ultimate fighting, which is how the ordinance arose.

Marks, who was in attendance Monday night, said he had collected the names of 46 businesses and over 140 residents who were opposed to the ordinance and felt the ordinance was in place because of the board's personal wishes.

DeWolfe said 10 residents called him, saying no to ultimate fighting, while Trustee David Deiss said that, from everyone he's spoken to, a majority were also against such a request.

The debate then became similar to last month's, as Marks was promoting it as a benefit for the community that could bring revenue, while board members were discussing liability concerns.

"No state agency regulates it in the State of Wisconsin," said Trustee Neil Gulbranson, explaining why he voted no.

"We're looking out for residents against a potential lawsuit," said DeWolfe.

For more please read the April 9 print version of the Herald.

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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