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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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.
Liz Beach was a happy person once June 5 came and went. That day, the Ellsworth woman ran in her first marathon, the Minneapolis. It was something she spent nearly six months preparing for. "It was one of the hardest, yet greatest things I've done," she said of running in the 26.6 mile course. Competing in the marathon likely wouldn't happen, she freely admits, if she hadn't lost 50 pounds over an eight-month stretch last year. Beach, a regular at Snap Fitness in Ellsworth since its opening, started a diet plan in January 2010 after finding one online that worked for her.
Bradley Reitmann was a changed man, a man who had learned from his mistakes, both his pastor and wife testified to Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Those testimonies and Reitmann's own words, however, couldn't save Reitmann from paying for those mistakes, as he was sentenced to four years prison for two counts of burglary. Upon release, he will spend the next four years on extended supervision. In handing down the sentence, Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles said it should send a message to deter others from committing these acts, along with giving the 35-year-old the help he needs.
A Pierce County Board member pled guilty Monday to possession of drug paraphernalia. Cullen T. Peterson, 25, River Falls, was ordered to pay a $143.80 fine within 60 days, stemming from an incident last December at South Fork Suites on the campus of UW-River Falls. According to police reports, a UW-RF police officer was called to South Fork Suites Dec. 21 as the resident hall manager and resident assistant were doing room checks.
PRESCOTT - Connections, connections, connections. Steve Albarado has been the Pierce County Sheriff's D.A.R.E. officer the last three years and is always looking for ways to connect with his D.A.R.E. students in grades Kindergarten through fifth. One of those ways has been with his patrol car, which was plastered with D.A.R.E. graphics and logos. However, that car, a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria was racking up the mileage and starting to show it. "It still looked nice, but it was falling apart mechanically," Albarado said.
An uncle and a nephew with Ellsworth connections were both charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with second degree sexual assault of a child. Brandon J. Donley, 33, 281 E. Summit Ave., and Derek L., 18, W9572 295th Ave., Hager City, are looking at a maximum 40 years prison and/or $100,000 fine if found guilty. Their first court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, June 13. According to the criminal complaint: Ellsworth police interviewed Derek at the Hager City residence in April with information he had intercourse with a freshman or sophomore at Prescott High School.
The uncertainty in Madison in regard to state funding have those who work for Pierce County apprehensive about the future. An example is human services, as Director Tammy Kincaid gave an overview of her department to the county board Tuesday night. For instance, Kincaid explained in the child support unit, state and federal aid could be reduced by as much as $46,000, which is nearly equal to one position. The unit works with the court system and law enforcement agencies to make sure children receive proper economic support, including health insurance.