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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SPRING VALLEY--Spring Valley's before and after school daycare, Cardinal Kids Club, is undergoing some modification for the upcoming school year. The school board, by a 4-2 vote last month, approved the following changes to the program: increasing the hourly fee by 25 percent and limiting the program to school days only. Previously, the club was open during non-school days as well.
ELMWOOD--Paul Blanford spent last year as the K-8 principal and athletic director for the Elmwood School District, and realized a few things. "It confirmed to me Elmwood is the place that I want to stay at," he said. "It's a great place to raise a family; they've got a great staff and a very good school board. It is a very good place to be." Those words are exactly what the school board wanted to hear, as it named Blanford the new superintendent last month, succeeding Adam Zenner.
The ever-changing enrollment figures have caused the Plum City School District to change its planning. In last week's Board meeting, it was announced the numbers will not allow the District to be in compliance with SAGE, which calls for the student/teacher ratio to be 18:1 in kindergarten through third grades. Therefore, Superintendent Mark Luebker said there will be one section in each grade.
The impact of the storms that damaged Pierce County in the early morning hours of August 11 is growing. Pierce County Emergency Management Director Gary Brown said Monday the county has joined other area counties in applying for federal aid. Brown said the County suffered nearly $2.5 million in damages from the storms, with $1.5 being public and the rest private. Brown explained a majority of the $1.5 million is roadway damages with the rest coming from overtime for law enforcement and other agencies who aided those affected. Pierce has joined St.
ELMWOOD--Paul Blanford was approved as the new Elmwood School Superintendent Monday night by the local school board. Blanford was previously the elementary/middle/assistant high school principal for the district.
A Minnesota man pled guilty to forgery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Ryan L. Chambers, 21, was placed on two years probation by Pepin/Buffalo County Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. Chambers was also ordered to pay restitution, along with court costs. Duvall also said, due to the severity of the crime, a Class I felony, a DNA sample and surcharge were needed. Chambers, along with Michel D. Comer, 21, St. Paul, and Marteze M.
A Red Wing teenager was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with sexual assault of a child. Tyler J.S. Theis, 19, stands accused of committing the Class C felony. If Theis is found guilty, he is looking at a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 40 years prison. His next scheduled court appearance is a 3:30 p.m. preliminary hearing Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, the alleged incident occurred around 3 a.m. July 25 at the Island Campground in Hager City, with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department notified three days later.
A 40-year-old River Falls man was charged with child enticement Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Gene C. Ewers, 1430 Cemetery Rd., No. 204, is alleged to have committed the Class D felony. Ewers is looking at a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 25 years prison if found guilty. Ewers is presently serving jail time in Minnesota.
This Friday, 13-year-old Emma Laehn will walk onto the stage of the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis to cheers and applause to kick off the Macy's Passport Glamorama. "We are looking forward to it, that's for sure," her mother Angie said.
BELDENVILLE--Carl Stine loves being outdoors, especially on the water. "I was born and raised on the water," he said. He will get reacquainted with the natural wonder again as the Beldenville native, along with friend Larry Carr, will leave this Saturday from Red Wing for a trip along the Mississippi River on Wave Runners. Once they reach St. Louis, the pair will head up the Missouri River until they reach Great Falls, Mont. One asks them why. They reply, why not? "Larry and I are both retired," Stine said, as he was a commercial pilot and Carr was a postmaster for Beldenville.