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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A state appellate court has upheld the verdict against a former Pierce County man convicted of sexual assault, along with other felonies. Paul Krauss, 43, was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault with use of force, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction and bail jumping in March 2007.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board learned earlier this month Ayres and Associates has been nominated for a state award due to their work on the village's main street renovation project. The American Council of Engineering Companies will hold a banquet in Kohler Friday, March 26, and Village President Doug Watkins and wife Gloria will represent the village. In other news, the board: --Approved the Plum City Community Garden Club's use of the community garden spot for the upcoming season.
PRESCOTT--The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center had a full house Saturday as the fifth annual Taste of Freedom, a fundraiser benefiting the center and Freedom Park, was held. "This goes beyond our expectations in seeing this large group of people having a good time," said Jim Shiely, chair of Friends of Freedom Park Board. Since 2006, over 60,000 visitors from 50 states and 38 countries have visited the center, along with over 11,300 participants enjoying the center's 300 educational programs. Throughout the 3½ hour event, visitors were able to sample items from the Bake Shop and
ELMWOOD--As students and teachers at Elmwood High School spent last week getting ready for the first annual medieval feast Friday, uncertainty reigned. "We didn't know what to expect," said teacher Dave Hoffman, who presided as "King" of the feast. "None of us had ever done this before," student Brian Tolonen said. The idea of a feast was the brainchild of first-year English teacher Steve Renfree, who has held a feast in his previous teaching stops.
MAIDEN ROCK--Cynde Randall was appointed as the newest Maiden Rock Village Board trustee earlier this month. Randall will fill the seat vacated by Wayne Larson, who resigned last month. Randall's term will expire next April. In other news, the board: --After a lengthy discussion, decided to increase the vendor fees during the Spring Flood Run from $50 to $75.
Three Minnesota men have each been arrested and charged with forgery within the last 24 hours. Ryan L. Chambers, 21, St. Paul, Michel D. Comer, 21, St. Paul, and Marteze M. Marshall, 21, Brooklyn Park, Minn., are all facing a felony forgery charge along with a misdemeanor possession of THC in Pierce County Circuit Court. Their initial court appearances have yet to be scheduled as of Friday afternoon. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department was first notified of the incident around 10:19 p.m.
MAIDEN ROCK--Members from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently returned home to Wisconsin after serving a tour of deployment in Iraq. Now, community members from the surrounding areas and beyond are starting to show their appreciation to those who served will not go unnoticed. The website servingthe32nd.org was formed as a way for the people of Wisconsin to say thanks to the soldiers and families of the 32nd.
PRESCOTT--The fifth annual Taste of Freedom fundraiser will be from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott. The event is put on by the Friends of Freedom Park as a fundraiser for the center. Visitors will be able to sample foods from Prescott and area restaurants, along with a selection of fine wines and other beverages, and a chocolate fountain for dessert.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate its fourth annual Spring Fever Expo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Ellsworth High School gymnasium. The goal of the event, which is free to the public, is for Ellsworth area business to showcase their business to the public and for businesses to network with other businesses.
A St. Paul man was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with burglary, along with criminal damage to property. Leon G. Bellanger, 23, is facing a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 150 months prison if he is found guilty of burglary. The property damage is on the misdemeanor level, meaning a fine of $10,000 and/or nine months prison. His next court appearance is a pre-trial conference scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 22. According to court records: Ellsworth police were notified of a possible burglary at the 63 Diner around 4:40 a.m. Feb. 28.