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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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.
PLUM CITY - The Plum City School Board has taken the first step towards finding a new superintendent. The board approved posting the position of superintendent/ elementary principal at a 60 percent position during a special meeting earlier this month.
PRESCOTT - Natasha Most said the name of her new business, Barefoot Interiors, comes from a simple goal. "What's your kind of comfortable?" she asked. The business specializes in interior design, whether hospitality, commercial or residential. Most got into the field thanks to a high school career survey that said interior design would best suit her talents. After her education, Most joined Interior Design Inc., out of Minneapolis. That enabled her to work on renovating hotels and casinos throughout the country. "The places were horrible when I got there," she said.
PLUM CITY -- Five area women have seen what breast cancer can do and are willing to do everything they can to eliminate the disease. Michelle Fetzer, Terri and Jenny Hoyt, Emily Lodermeier and Karen Kirn will be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Aug. 19-21 in the Twin Cities area. The five will host a fundraising event 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. May 28 at JR's in Plum City. Connections brought them together. Fetzer, Jenny Hoyt and Lodermeier used to work at the Pickle Factory in Pepin, while Terri and Jenny Hoyt are mother and daughter.
Phil Simonsen was 17 when he joined the Marine Corps. "My parents had to sign me in," the Iowa native said. Nine years later, he's glad he convinced his family to let him join. "It's even better that I thought it would be," Simonsen, now a Air Force staff sergeant, said Friday at Hillcrest Elementary in Ellsworth. Simonsen spent a couple of days last week in Ellsworth as his girlfriend, Jenna Napierala, is a substitute speech teacher for Hillcrest and Prairie View elementary schools.
Events worlds away intrigue Courtney Stoesz. The Ellsworth High School salutatorian will move to Bethel University in the Twin Cities this fall to major in international relations and third-world studies. A specific focus for Stoesz is human trafficking and child soldiers, which are prevalent in African and Asian counties. But Stoesz is quick to point out that human trafficking is happening in the U.S. as she learned in presentations in church and school. "It's the biggest underground crime business in the United States," she said.
SPRING VALLEY - Jim Green was named the new president of the Spring Valley School Board during its April 25 regular meeting. Green replaces Eric Turner, who chose not to seek re-election. Green was a board member last year. The rest of the board management stayed the same. Jim Helmer is vice-president, Brian Wang is clerk, and Allan Faber is treasurer.
Autumn Lewien could have gone to UW-Madison or any other school in the region. But for someone who has already been to Rome, Italy, the chance to study and live in a different area of the United States was too good to pass up. So when she applied for and was accepted at Princeton University in New Jersey, the decision was made. "I was looking for a school with a specific undergraduate focus, and Princeton offered it," said Ellsworth High School 2011 valedictorian, listing her other requirement. Lewien and the rest of her class graduate at 7 p.m.