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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The 2011 Pierce County budget got its first look from the full county board Tuesday night. At their June meeting, the board ordered departments to reduce their 2011 budgets by 3.4 percent. The figure resulted from reducing the three percent increase on the operating levy the state will allow by $190,000, Finance Director Julie Brickner told the board then. It would generate $240,000 in additional property taxes, she continued, but require the reduction. The proposed budget, Bricker said Tuesday, is currently $217,563 under the tax levy limit.
A River Falls teenager's attempt to pay off a drug debt will result in him spending the next five years in prison. Blake Halverson, 18, was charged with armed robbery of Dick's Hometown Liquor last November. After pleading guilty in July, he was sentenced Tuesday by Pepin County Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. Duvall highlighted numerous facts about the incident to hammer the point of the gravity of the offense. "It was an armed robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon and a gun pointed at a person," he said. "And for why? To get money for drugs.
Three Minnesota men were each charged Monday with two counts of burglary in Pierce County Circuit Court. James W. Richardson, 32, Stillwater, Daniel H. Masloski, 27, White Bear Lake and Sean MaCaloon, 40, are looking at the maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 12 years, six months prison for each Class F felony count. They are scheduled to make their initial court appearance 10 a.m. Nov. 22. Pierce County Sheriff's Department Investigators became aware of the three on August 26, according to the criminal complaint, when St.
The search for finding a new Pierce County Administrative Coordinator might finally be nearing an end. Personnel Specialist Sandy Langer announced Friday, Patrick A. Cannon and Patrick A. DeGrave, will be brought back for second interviews November 1st. Cannon is the current City Administrator for the City of Sun Prairie, Wis., while DeGrave was most recent the Administrator for Oak Creek, Wis.
Bradley Reitmann's and Joleigha Johnson's alleged crime spree originally had victims in Ellsworth, Red Wing and Hastings. Now, you can add River Falls to the list. The pair, charged earlier this month with burglary and receiving stolen property, were each charged with seven counts Oct. 12 in Pierce County Circuit Court. Those new counts are burglary, theft and four counts of credit card fraud. The next court date is a preliminary hearing set for 3:30 p.m. Monday. The River Falls case started Sept.
As people drove by Snowball's Bar in East Ellsworth last week, they will notice the exterior being done and think nothing of it. For Luke Fleming, one of the people working on the remodeling, it means a lot more than that. "It is our race against time," he said. "We wanted to do this for Mom and give the front of Snowball's a totally new look." Mom is owner Joanie Forss, who has owned the establishment since 1989. The race against time started on Sept. 28, when Forss received word she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
LUND--Steve Anderson spent 30 years as a career firefighter in Minnesota and so was in a bit of a culture shock when he joined the Lund Fire Department in 2006. "Before, there was a hydrant in every corner. Now, we have to bring our own water," he said. "In the past, I would usually go 2-2.5 miles for a call. Here, we sometimes have 10-mile runs." But the aspects of being a firefighter--the brotherhood among firefighters and helping out your community--are still there. "I wanted to serve my community and felt the best way I could do that was by joining the fire department," he said.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved an increase in hours from 28 to 40 for Linda Hoyt, drug court coordinator. The move was made due to the increased number of participants since the program started. It was also said the increase in Hoyt's hours could allow for even more participants, which has the potential to save the county money.
PLUM CITY--Thanks to federal funding, the guidance counselor at Plum City Schools is now full-time, a move announced to the board last week. Superintendent Mark Luebker explained Education Jobs was created by the federal government so schools could rehire or hire staff members in the targeted areas of early childhood and elementary secondary related services. He said the State of Wisconsin qualified to receive funding and Plum City became eligible to receive those funds.
The cause of 31 freight cars derailing near Hager City will be made available next month. Amy McBeth, Public Information Officer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), said Thursday they will file their report with the Federal Railroad Administration by the end of October. "It gives us enough time to be thorough and complete with our investigation," she said. A BNSF westbound train, carrying freight items from Chicago to Seattle, derailed at 7:18 a.m. Sept. 13, behind the Ralston Purina facility, near County Highway VV, in the Town of Trenton.