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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To earn respect, one has to give it. The message was one of many students at St. Francis School in Ellsworth learned about Thursday, as actors from CLIMB (Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body) Theatre presented multiple presentations about the subject. CLIMB Theatre has spent the last 35 years focusing on character education programming in schools (K-12) and educational settings throughout the Midwest. Its mission is to create and perform plays which inspire and propel young people toward actions benefiting themselves, each other and the community.
Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove announced Wednesday Mike Waltz was named the sheriff department's new patrol sergeant, succeeding Jason Matthys. Waltz is a 19-year veteran of the department, who spent the last nine years in investigations. Prior to that, he was the recreation/safety patrol officer. "I'm looking forward in joining the management team and advancing my career with the sheriff's department," Waltz said. He starts his new position Jan. 3, 2011. He told what intrigued him about the opening. "Being in investigations, you are there after the fact.
A River Falls man's "stupid" mistake has resulted in a felony conviction and jail time. Christopher D. Pixley, 20, 437 Kennedy St., pled guilty to arson Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court and was placed on three years probation. One of the probation conditions ordered by Judge Joseph Boles was four months jail. Pixley was charged with arson following a July 23 incident when a UW-River Falls storage shed full of hay rolls went up in flames. According to the criminal complaint, Pixley was allegedly drinking earlier in the night with two other local men who were also arrested.
A Hastings, Minn., man is facing criminal charges after police found marijuana plants in a garage attic. Daniel C. Anderson, 29, was charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with manufacturing/delivering of THC (tetrahydrocannabinols), possession with intent to deliver THC, domestic disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and violating a domestic abuse order. The THC charges are the lone felonies. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 13.
The wait continues in Pierce County's search for a new administrative coordinator. Monday, the county board deliberated for an hour in closed session before deciding to take no action on the issue. The finance and personnel committee had recommended Rod Rommel for the position. Rommel, a fellow supervisor himself, wasn't at Monday's meeting. He represents District 7, made up of Wards 6 and 7 in the City of River Falls. He was elected in April. In other action, the board approved the purchase of a Volvo rubber-tired excavator.
A bar fight has led to a Red Wing man facing six criminal charges, including police battery. Anthony E. Johnson, 23, was charged Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court with the six counts. His next scheduled court appearance is a Friday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. preliminary hearing. The police battery is the only felony count. It carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison if found guilty. He was also charged with misdemeanor battery, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer and two counts of disorderly conduct.
A Pierce County Board Supervisor was found guilty of county disorderly conduct earlier this month. Jeffrey A. Holst, 53, W10014 1005th St., Hager City, was cited by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for his involvement in a fight Sept. 5 at the Nauti Hawg Bar and Grill, W9852 290th Ave., Hager City. He pled no contest in a court hearing Nov. 8. According to the police report, law enforcement was called to the Bar for excessive bar noise. Interviews were gathered and law enforcement learned a fight had taken place between four males. Holst and Corey J.
A Pierce County assistant district attorney was found guilty Friday of two traffic violations for his involvement in a motorcycle accident last month. Gregory Amann, 53, Ellsworth, pled guilty to driving too fast for conditions and failure to notify police from an accident which occurred Oct. 10. According to the accident report, Amann was southbound on County Road F, on his motorcycle, descending a steep hill and negotiating a sharp curve when he lost control because he was going too fast.
After watching her cousin die from cancer, Elle Leonard felt inspired to do something. She came up with growing her hair out and then donating it to Locks for Love. Tuesday was cut day, as the 10-year-old Ellsworth native had 12 inches of hair cut at Calypso Salon. Mom Lisa Plummer estimated it was eight months since Elle's last hair cut. Elle is pictured with Calypso owner Leah Stensrud.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel committee turned to one of its own in selecting the county's next Administrative Coordinator. In a surprise, the F&P committee Monday nominated Rod Rommel, who serves on that committee for the position. The full County Board will act on the request in a special County Board meeting 7 p.m., Nov. 29. "I look at this as the one last great challenge in my life," the 61-year-old, who has served on the County Board since April, said. Said Paul Barkla, County Board Chairman: "We are very lucky.