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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The first recommendation from last year's program report became official Tuesday during the Pierce County Board meeting. The board unanimously approved the emergency management department being under the purview of the law enforcement committee, thereby eliminating the emergency management committee. In addition, Director Gary Brown will now report to Sheriff Nancy Hove instead of Administrative Coordinator JoAnn Miller. Newly elected Board Chairman Jeff Holst explained to those in attendance this was done because it was believed this would make government tighter and more effective.
The interim tag was removed from Jeff Holst's title Tuesday. The 54-year-old was named the new Pierce County Board Chairman. Holst had served as interim chairman the last three months after Paul Barkla resigned in early January. Holst, who has served on the county board since 2004, was previously the vice-chairperson. That title now belongs to Greg Place. Kosin remains as second chair. He was elected in 1998, currently the longest tenured supervisor. As chairman, Holst will also chair the finance and personnel committee.
PRESCOTT--After much discussion, the Prescott City Council's plans for a potential north-south bypass were put on hold April 9. The council decided to work with the property owners in seeing where they would want the bypass. There is a time limit, however. Clerk Jayne Brand explained the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) agreed to keep its contract open with engineers for the next six months. Therefore, the issue will be brought back before the planning commission in August and the council in September. If approved as has been discussed, the bypass would extend from Hwy.
Mike Waltz was approved as the new Lieutenant in the Pierce County Sheriff's Department by the Finance and Personnel committee Tuesday. Waltz will lead Investigations, a department he knows very well as he spent nine years as an Investigator before switching to Patrol Sergeant last January. Prior to investigations, Waltz was the recreation/safety patrol officer. Waltz will replace Dennis Sorenson, who retired in February after 26 years at the Sheriff's Department. He was one of six final candidates for the position, four within the Department and two external.
One of the goals for Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services upon celebrating its 75th anniversary this year was to show how much electricity has changed and how it's been used through the years. Safe to say, mission accomplished, as evident by the artifacts donated which were shown to the public for the first time last week in the company's showroom. "We were pleasantly surprised on how it turned out," said Lori Larson, Pierce Pepin's communications specialist.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee okayed upgrades to the human services department Monday. First, three laptops totalling $4,469 were approved for the juvenile justice staff. The cost for the laptops was covered through a grant, so no county dollars were needed. Second, office remodelling for up to $70,000 was also approved. It was explained there are some desks and chairs in some offices up to 50-years-old and in varying states of repair. Seventeen offices are in need of upgrade.
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.