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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PLUM CITY--Twenty-two fifth graders from the Plum City School District and Ave Maria Christian Academy earned their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) diplomas Wednesday. "It's been an honor and privilege working with these students for the last 12 weeks," Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Albarado said. Albarado, who is in his second year as D.A.R.E. instructor, gave a brief presentation about the history of D.A.R.E. in Pierce County, along with the subjects discussed during the 12-week period, which included tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine use and peer pressure.
Al Huppert started working right after he graduated from high school. Fifty-plus years later, he's ready for the second part of his life to begin, as he retired Friday.
PRESCOTT--Martha Hartung said the idea of opening a bakery had been discussed among family members for a while. "We just needed the building," she said. They found one and, last week, The Bake Shop and More debuted at 202B N. Broad St. in Prescott. Martha is joined in the business by her daughter, Pam, who will be the day-to-day operations manager and assistant baker. Pam also has her own catering business, Good Enuf to Eat, and can cook a wide assortment of meals. "The joy it gives people," Pam said when asked what she enjoys from cooking.
Katie Gravesen has seen a fair amount of clients from the Red Wing/Ellsworth area travel to her Prescott Chiropractic location since she started the operation in 2001. Gravesen was looking for a better way to serve those clients and realized a second location was needed. That vision came true last week as Gravesen opened Essential Chiropractic in Red Wing, located above Potter's On Main. Gravesen will be joined in Red Wing by her cousin, Lindsey Baillie, who recently completed chiropractic school. "It was something that was in the back of our minds for a long time," Baillie said about work
A Hager City man has been charged with allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend. Norman E. Anderson, 36, was charged late last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation, along with misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct. The strangulation charge is a Class H felony, meaning if he is found guilty, the penalty would be $10,000 and/or six years prison. The misdemeanor bail jumping carries a penalty of $10,000 and/or nine months prison.
A Prescott woman was charged late last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with police battery. Jamie L. Whelan, 23, 715 Shane Park Cir., Apt. 8, stands alleged of the Class H felony, which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison if found guilty. Her next court appearance is a Monday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott Officer Kari Bastien stopped a vehicle around 2:36 a.m. Dec. 27 for appearing to go faster than the posted speed limit on Hwy. 10 at Hilton Street, along with having a loud exhaust.
ELMWOOD - Calling it "the right time", Jodi Pulk announced her resignation as Village of Elmwood Clerk-Treasurer last week after six years. She said the stress and headaches of the job began to wear her out. "I just felt it was time for me to step back and focus on me and my family," Pulk said Wednesday. She and husband Dave are the parents of an eighth-grader. In her resignation letter to the Village, which was dated Dec.
An accomplice of Wade Swenson is now looking at felony charges herself. Christin B. Swenson, 18, North Branch, Minn., was charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with allegedly delivering illegal articles to an inmate. The charge is a Class I felony, which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison if found guilty. Court records show she was released from jail on $3,000 bail Dec. 28 and her next court appearance is a pre-trial conference scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.
While most people dread tax time, Jeannie Thompson isn't one of them. That's because Thompson has been an accountant for almost 25 years, including eight of those in Ellsworth. With tax time fast approaching, Thompson has returned to Ellsworth, this time with a different name -- JET Accounting, Inc., and location -- 105 N. Piety. The business starts accepting clients Jan. 15, 2010. "It's great being back," she said. Thompson graduated from River Falls High School and then went on to earn her degree from Texas A&M University.
"Thank you for your service." With those five words, Ami Scarbrough's life changed forever. Scarbrough typed those words on Bill Odell's Myspace page as Odell was nearing the end of a deployment in Iraq. When Odell came back, a friendship was formed, but Odell wanted more. "He asked me out several times until I said yes," which Scarbrough estimated was four months later. That was 2006. Last year, Scarbrough added Odell to her name as the couple was married.