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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Fourteen new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop Friday in preparation for the 2011-12 school year that starts Thursday. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Dianne Albarado An Ellsworth native, Albarado will be a second grade teacher at Prairie View. She previously spent three years at St. Francis in Ellsworth, two years in New Richmond and several long-term substitute positions. Mindy Anderson Anderson will be the art teacher at Prairie View.
A Spring Valley man made a court appearance Monday on two counts of incest. A cash bond was set at $25,000 for John A. Landgraf, 63, N6955 County Road BB. Landgraf's next court appearance is a preliminary hearing set for 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31. The criminal complaint alleges Landgraf came to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department Thursday and revealed to investigators he had "improper relations" with a family member, now a teenager, for the last eight years.
A 19-year-old River Falls man is facing four counts of sexual assault relating to two recent incidents. Bradley J. Hetchler, 19, 903 S. Orange St. # 5, is looking at two second-degree sexual assaults of a child plus sexual intercourse with a child from a May incident and two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child from a July incident.
Abby Ristow and Halle Hatch will not be spending their upcoming senior years at Ellsworth High School taking it easy. Besides each other's academic and extracurricular activities, the pair will spend the next four months working around the village, providing upkeep to houses owned by those who are unable to maintain them. It is part of a community project through the Ellsworth Youth Ambassador program, for which Ristow and Hatch were selected. "We've gone on mission trips all the time, but this time we thought it would be really important to help people throughout our community," Ristow sai
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors were in universal agreement with each other Tuesday night, with the exception of one issue. The debate was over supervisors attending meetings by telephone. The finance and personnel committee approved an amendment last month saying each county board supervisor shall be physically in attendance to be considered present for purposes of a quorum and to vote.
A proposed federal change for farm vehicles caught the attention of the Pierce County Board of Supervisors and caused them to act Tuesday. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it was considering new guidelines to regulate tractors and other farm vehicles more stringently, which would fall in line with commercial drivers.
PLUM CITY - John Pollock will be a busy man for the Plum City School District this upcoming year. Pollock was approved by the school board July 18 as its new football coach, replacing Troy Ingli who resigned. It's a return to the PC sidelines for Pollock who was an assistant coach while Pete Adler was at the helm a few years ago. He had also been an assistant coach at Durand as well. Earlier this summer, Pollock was also named girls basketball coach.
"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.