Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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PRESCOTT - Prescott Police was working out of City Hall. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was at the old Fire Hall. Freedom Park didn't exist. Those were three examples of what life was like in Prescott in 2002 when Mike Hunter joined the City Council. "I'm proud of what we came," Hunter, who became Mayor two years later, said as he addressed the Kiwanis Club at the Prescott EMS Hall Thursday. "The future of Prescott will depend on groups like you, the Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Daze." Hunter isn't seeking reelection in Tuesday's spring elections.
Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, the Crow Indians waged an attack on Fort Snelling and a constitutional amendment was proposed to limit the U.S. House of Representatives to 250 members. The year was 1888 when a group of Pierce County businessmen came together and started the Bank of Ellsworth. A capital of $25,000 divided by 100 shares of $25 each was agreed upon. According to the Pierce County Historical Association, the bank's first location was at 361 W. Main St., where Loberg Law Office is now.
Tuesday's Pierce County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting was so short, it was done in less than 15 minutes. The board highlighted some items during that time, among them were the following: --Approved 1.25 percent salary increases for the next four years for the county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. By 2016, each will be making $58,142.
A Hastings man was found guilty of two counts of battery to emergency rescue workers and one count of police battery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Randy S. LaCoursiere, 28, entered an Alford plea on all three counts as part of the agreement. An Alford plea means the defendant does not admit the act, but admits the prosecution could likely prove the charges. He will be sentenced 11 a.m., May 29. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police were advised of a possible domestic dispute last September, involving LaCoursiere, who already left the scene.
PRESCOTT--A full house packed the Prescott Ambulance Hall Thursday afternoon as city residents got to hear a mayoral debate between Mark Huber and Diane House. Huber and House are running in Tuesday's election to replace outgoing Mayor Mike Hunter, who is not seeking re-election. Hunter has been mayor since 2004. Each candidate has council experience, as Huber currently sat on the council since 2009, while House served two terms from 1984-1987 and 1992-2004. Both were also members of the planning commission - Huber from 2002-2009 and House from 2004-2010.
A Prescott man pled guilty to multiple drug charges earlier this month in Pierce County Circuit Court. Matthew P. Simones, 51, 265 Lawrence St., entered into a deferred prosecution agreement March 16 on felony possession of methamphetamine, and received probation for two counts of possession of THC and drug paraphernalia.
Jeff Hines wanted to offer another avenue for his clients beyond auctions. Fred Winkler was looking for a new tenant after Edina Realty left Prescott. The two longtime friends started talking and agreed to go into business together. The end result was Farm Home Land Realty, which opened last month in two locations--Ellsworth and Prescott. Hines explained the real estate business will be a separate entity of the popular auction service. "When I got my broker license last summer, I wanted to expand our business," he said.
Last year, a selected group of Pierce County department heads and county board members met over several months to identify areas "where efficiencies can be created and how county services will be impacted by the Budget Repair Bill." This committee, called the Program Committee, released their findings last fall on where they believed the county could save money. After going through various standing committees, their first finding was approved by the finance and personnel committee Monday: approving the supervision of the emergency management department to the law enforcement committee and th
The new Pierce County personnel policy was up for one final debate during Tuesday's county board meeting and one ensued. A revised policy was created due to last year's "Budget Repair Bill," which made significant changes to public employee compensation and collective bargaining provisions to provide state and local governments with increased flexibility needed to reduce costs. One of the essentials of the bill changes issues such as filling position vacancies and employee benefits be included in the personnel policy, as they are no longer part of collective bargaining.
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services was named the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business of the Year during its annual awards banquet Thursday night at the VFW Hall. The co-op service is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. "Thank you for the recognition," President Larry Dokkestul said. He then touched upon their events for the next 10 months, including an open house Saturday, June 9. Ellsworth School Superintendent Barry Cain was named Community Person of the Year for his contributions. Cain is a chamber board member and also sits on the community's 150th year committee.