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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Jan. 24 was a day of apprehension around the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. That's because, after nearly six months of installation and training, the department went live with their new computer system for the first time. "You plan and plan and never know what could happen," Sheriff Nancy Hove said. The day went off without any disasters and, after a week in, the fears were starting to subside. "We've been very happy with it," Hove said Thursday.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee approved salary increases for elected officials Monday. Committee members approved a yearly increase of 1.25 percent for the county clerk, register of deeds and treasurer through 2016. The request goes in front of the full county board later this month. County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm explained there is a rush for this request, as nomination papers for the three positions start April 15.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors decided to have things remain the same during Tuesday's meeting. With Paul Barkla resigning earlier this month, the Board had the opportunity to elect a new Chairperson or have First Vice-Chair Jeff Holst act as Chairperson until the Spring Election in April. The Board unanimously approved to go with the latter. Second Vice-Chair Jerry Kosin now becomes First Vice-Chair. Barkla's departure could be the first of many Board members over the upcoming few months.
The Pierce County boardroom was flanked Monday by county employees wanting to know the status of the County's new personnel policy during a Finance and Personnel committee meeting. Administrative Coordinator JoAnn Miller explained the draft submitted by the Transitions Benefits Subcommittee was the best possible scenario to avoid layoffs and to have "long-term sustainability for Pierce County." New committee chairman Jeff Holst requested the draft be approved, so it could be forwarded onto the County Board for a first reading during Tuesday's night meeting and then for a final approval in F
Minutes before Gov. Scott Walker walked through the library doors Friday, an Elmwood third grader uttered, "I'm freaking out." The third grader had nothing to worry about as the Governor read "Oh the places you'll go" by Dr.
An Ellsworth man who led Pierce County law enforcement on a chase earlier this year was formally sentenced early last week. Justin D. Ogden, 27, pled guilty to two counts of burglary and two counts of fleeing an officer, one of which was from Monroe County. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles ordered Ogden to serve five years probation for each count, concurrently, but consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee approved Monday the extension of its banking contract with First National Bank of River Falls for the next four years. The contract will run through Dec. 31, 2015 and cover all checking and investment accounts. Phyllis Beastrom, County Treasurer, added there will be no changes to the current contract, but the County requested and was granted no fees for stop payments. First National Bank has been the County's primary bank since 1979. Other action * Approved the new staffing plan for UW-Extension.
The countdown has begun at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services to their biggest year ever. Next month, the energy cooperative service based in Ellsworth will celebrate its 75th year of existence and has planned a series of year-long activities to mark the occasion. The business will be asking the public to donate artifacts relating to its history (first recognized as a cooperative in 1937) or any other electrical items from that era to be on display in its showroom through the year.
Some crimes go months or even years before a suspect is found. In case of the robbery of the First Bank of Baldwin-Plum City branch on Nov. 18, the suspect was found within minutes. Denton R. Ewers, 48, 1546 S. Wasson Lane, Apt. 9, River Falls, was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court of robbing the bank along with his seventh operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge. His next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 30. According to the criminal complaint: The Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call around 5:50 p.m.
An arbitrator ruled earlier this month Pierce County had just cause in firing a highway department employee. In an eight-page ruling dated Nov. 10, Matthew Greer said because of Roger Billeter's intentional misconduct, as well as the lengthy period of time during which the misconduct occurred and the large number of those instances, the county wasn't required to "follow progressive discipline" before terminating Billeter. Billeter was a foreman for the Highway Department when he was fired in January 2010.