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 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.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors passed the 2012 budget Tuesday, but not without a few debates. The county tax levy was approved at $15,882,792, a 1.7 percent increase from 2011.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved five new personnel positions for 2012 during its meeting Tuesday. At the top is a judicial assistant for the Circuit Courts.
By a 15-2 vote, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors voted Oct. 25 to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons on all county properties. This was in accordance with the new concealed-carry law that went into effect Nov. 1. The resolution also pertains to any special events organized by the county as well. The board decided this, according to the resolution, in the best interest of public safety and of the safety of county employees.
A Prescott man was charged with multiple drug crimes Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Matthew P. Simones, 50, 265 Lawrence St., was charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of THC and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The meth and narcotic drugs are felony charges, while the rest are misdemeanors. His next scheduled court appearance is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
How important is the Pierce County Fair to Pierce County? It's a question that is going to be asked a lot in the future. Monday the Finance and Personnel Committee held a lengthy debate on the issue.
The same week Pierce County announced its new administrative coordinator, one of its past options to fill the position was declared illegal by Wisconsin's attorney general. AG J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion to Pierce County Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence concluding a sitting member of the county board of supervisors must resign before being hired as county administrative coordinator. Last November the Finance and Personnel Committee nominated fellow Supervisor Rod Rommel for the position on a part-time basis.