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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"You seem likable, intelligent and hard working." Those were the words of Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles as he addressed Ronald Reeverts Monday. The 46-year-old Beldenville native pled guilty to his 12th operating with a prohibited alcohol content charge in March and was back in court awaiting his sentence Monday. Yet, as Boles continued, "You have a serious disease." Friends packed the Courthouse and made statements to the court, asking for leniency, saying Reeverts has been a changed man these last few months. "What is it going to say to those who have 10 or 11 OWIs th
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee approved the 2012 health insurance rates for county employees Monday. Among the notable changes is an eight percent decrease in premium rates. The change came, explained Wanda Kinneman, insurance coordinator, due to changes for the upcoming year, which included all employees being on the same plan from Anthem. In addition, Anthem is projecting a decrease in claims for 2012. Under the current plan, single employees contribute $81.20 and families $205.80 monthly. In the new plan, those figures drop to $74.60 and $189.10, respectively.
For nearly 80 years, the Lawrence Studio was a Main Street staple in Ellsworth as generations of families walked through their doors to have keepsakes of life's celebrations. Thirty years after the business closed, it was announced earlier this month the family has donated the building to the Pierce County Historical Association where it will serve as a multi-purpose building among other factors. "It's a way of thanking the community for giving us your business over 100 years," said Walter J. Lawrence, the fourth-generation of Lawrences.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors got their first look Tuesday at how the recently passed state budget would affect the county's 2012 budget. And the news, as expected, wasn't pretty. Finance Director Julie Brickner explained to the board what was known: the county would be saving nearly $566,000 by employees paying more of their benefits.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee took the first step in finding a new administrative coordinator. The committee before the full county board met Tuesday approved the firm of Springsted, Inc., to guide them in the search at a cost not to exceed $13,500. Springsted has branches in the Twin Cities and Milwaukee, which was one of the factors swaying the committee. In addition, the committee was impressed with its professionalism, recommendations from other municipal boards and the fact their quote includes advertising costs.
PRESCOTT--The Mississippi and Yangtze rivers share a lot of things in common. Both are two of the world's greatest rivers, but face an uncertain future due to pollution, sinking deltas and cities caused by runoffs, and overuse of ground waters. Yet for the uncertainty, there has also been positivity, as both rivers have been full of history and culture, showing us we are all connected. That was the message from artist Ping Wang, who explained the Kinship of Rivers project to the Prescott Kiwanis Club June 23. Wang, a professor at Macalester College in the Twin Cities, grew up in Shanghai,
PRESCOTT - Aaron Wolf is confident he's filling a need for Prescott residents. "Prescott doesn't have a place where you can go have breakfast that is not a bar," the owner of Café Two14 said. "When I saw the Slipp-Inn was closed, I thought Prescott needed a small-town café." Café Two14 opened up earlier this month at 214 N. Front St., or what most Prescott residents knew as the Slipp-Inn before it closed. "At Chamber meetings, multiple people came up to me and said you need to do this," he said.
PRESCOTT - Susana Tuthill was a police officer for 10 years in Minnesota when she felt a career change was needed. "I've been passionate about skin care for about 20 years and decided to take a leap of faith," she explained. "I always believe in 'do what you love' and (skin care) is what I was doing in my off-time anyway." With that in mind, Susana's Skin Care held its grand opening this past weekend in Prescott. The business is located at 209½ Broad St., Suite 4, or above Edina Realty. "I never dreamed of having my own business," she said.
The framework in searching for a new Pierce County Administrative Coordinator has begun. The finance and personnel committee approved a series of requests Monday to help aid them as committee member Rod Rommel outlined a candidate profile along with a scope of services the county is looking for from prospective search firms. The purpose of an administrative coordinator, according to the approved proposals, is to administer all county activities and supervise the maintenance supervisor, emergency management director and medical examiner activities.
A River Falls man was sentenced to six months jail Thursday for misdemeanor battery, carrying a concealed weapon and violating a domestic abuse order, but not until after an emotion-filled two-hour hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court. William Qualls, 44, of River Falls sat in the defendant's chair after pleading guilty in April to those charges. At issue Thursday was his punishment. The emotional rollercoaster started when the victim addressed the court. "My life has been greatly affected by Will," she said. "I live in a constant state of fear. I feel like a prisoner in my own home.