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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Parker Hines was sitting in a math class last year when he heard a presentation on actuarial science, the practice that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries. Hines, who loved business and math classes, was intrigued. "It sounded good to me," said the son of Wally and Lisa Hines. The Ellsworth native wanted to learn more about the industry and will make it his area of study at UW-Madison this fall. Hines will be one of 137 students to walk across the stage Friday night to accept his degree.
A fence being built around the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is the first of many projects this summer being planned at the Pierce County Courthouse and Office Building. Scott Walker, maintenance supervisor, said the project which has been on-going for the last month, is intended for safety and vandalism protection. It will be a concrete fence with a gate in the front.
It's a common phrase uttered during a person's formative school years - the three R's - reading, writing and arithmetic. For Marissa Monnet, there's another phase that will be used to describe her high school years - the three C's - competitive, communication and creativity. Competitive is a desire in wanting to be the best, which in her case, meant being named Valedictorian of her class at Ellsworth High School. "Oh yeah, it's something I wanted since the third grade," she said, smiling.
SPRING VALLEY - Three Spring Valley School District teachers will not be returning this fall. In a board meeting earlier this month, Patti Wolf, Elementary Special Education teacher resigned and Ann Hill, High School Family and Consumer Education (FACE) teacher, had her position non-renewed. "I didn't quit," Hill said. "I presented my statement to the Board they deliberated and came back with a no." Wolf declined comment. Superintendent David Wellington said Hill's action was for budgetary reasons.
Teenagers have always had a feeling of invincibility that no matter what happens to them, they will be okay. Thursday, the junior and senior classes at Ellsworth High School were shown how in an instant their lives and those around them could change forever. The Arrive Alive club held its bi-annual mock accident in the parking lot which illustrated the goals of each service - police, fire and ambulance - at the scene. It was determined midway through one of the victims died. Therefore, the medical examiner and funeral director arrived to escort him away.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee reviewed a multitude of items Monday. Among them, committee members: --Approved increasing hours for the Deputy County Clerk position from 35 to 40. Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm explained the request was due to the increase in election legislation, along with consistent requests for hunting/fishing licenses, marriage licenses and passports. The increase in hours coincides with long-time Deputy Clerk Gwen Swanson retiring last month after nearly 27 years.
Jessie Dando started last month as the new victim/witness coordinator for Pierce County. She comes from Washington County (Minn.), where she spent nearly six years working in their victim/witness office. "I was so comfortable where I was at and knew how it worked," she said. "But, I knew I wanted a challenge and put some thought into it." The Sauk Rapids, Minn., native graduated from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University with a degree in social work in 2002. During her collegiate years, she found her calling. "I found my niche working with victims of crime," she said.
An Ellsworth man was sentenced to three years' probation Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child. Brandon J. Donley, 34, 281 E. Summit Ave., was also ordered to 300 hours of community service as a probation condition. Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles issued no jail time. "Given all the factors, I believe this is appropriate," Boles said to Donley.
PRESCOTT--Maureen Otwell was unanimously approved as the new alderperson for the Prescott City Council April 23. Otwell was named as the alderperson for Ward 1 and 2.
For the second straight year, Pierce County was named one of the healthiest states in Wisconsin. In findings released earlier this month by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pierce County earned top 10 rankings in both health outcomes (eighth) and health factors (fifth). Health outcomes are determined by person's morbidity (quality of life) and mortality (length of life).