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 with his wife and two daughters.
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Plum City and Elmwood are longtime rivals in both boys and girls basketball. However, the rivalry could be coming to an end next year. The two Pierce County schools are in discussion about merging teams on the hardwood next winter and have set up informational meetings this week to hear the public's opinion on the matter. Thursday's night meeting is in Plum City and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the High School gymnasium. The main reason for this move is numbers -- participation, not financial. Plum City had 14 boys and 19 girls out for basketball this past winter (in grades 9-12.
PRESCOTT--Chris Geister was working as surveillance director at a Minnesota casino when he had a change of heart. "It was a great experience, but I had enough," the Prescott native explained. "I was attending meetings and working a desk job.
This is an example of a dare working out for someone. Louie Anderson never intended to be a comedian; however, one time on a dare... "I got an overwhelming feeling I was doing the right thing," he said. "Making people laugh was the best thing ever." The dare has turned into a successful move as Anderson has had a thriving comedic career performing stand-up along with television and movies for over 30 years. At 3 p.m. April 3, the comedian will add one more location to his stand-up career when he performs at Molly's On Main in Plum City.
An Ellsworth woman pled guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to police battery. Joanie C. Jones, 22, also pled guilty to obstructing an officer. She entered into a deferred prosecution agreement for one year on the battery charge and was placed on probation for the obstruction.
A Minnesota woman was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with two vehicular homicide counts. Janice M. Pedersen, 63, Apple Valley, is alleged to have cause the death of Donald R. Opdahl, 65, last October and have a prohibited alcohol concentration of .13. She is scheduled to make her initial court appearance 10 a.m. March 28. According to the criminal complaint, Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were called out to an accident on State Highway 35 near County Highway VV Oct. 9.
Since 2004, Heather Flock has operated her Fitness Influence studio within walking distance of her rural Beldenville home. Flock was happy how and where the business was operating, but things changed one day when she toured the old Fullerton building in the Village of Ellsworth's east end. "I fell in love with it," she said.
A Bay City man pled guilty to substantial battery Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court as part of an agreement. Kevin J. Brock, 43, W6314 Main St., was also charged with second degree sexual assault stemming from a December incident. That charge was dismissed as part of the agreement. He will be sentenced 10 a.m. May 31. According to court records, Pierce County Sheriff's deputies became aware of the case when they received a call about a domestic disturbance.
Keygan Sands was named Spring Valley's 2011 Valedictorian by the school board during its monthly meeting last Tuesday. Sands is the son of David and Sharon Sands. The Board also approved Randall Lenarz, son of Sonya and John Lenarz, as the Salutatorian. In other action, the Board: Heard from Superintendent David Wellington who gave an update on the Cardinal Kids Club. Wellington reported the budget for the last six weeks has broken even and will continue to be monitored.
PLUM CITY--Kevin Mueller was named varsity baseball coach, while Holly Stewart and Angelina Hutter were named varsity track and field coaches by the Plum City School Board a week ago Monday. Assisting Mueller will be Dan Kannel. Tracy Gilles was named middle school track and field coach. Principal's report: Middle School/High School Principal Paul Churchill informed the board about multiple ongoing events.
The unrest in Madison in regard to the state budget has made its way to Pierce County. The Plum City School Board announced Thursday during a special meeting five staff members were issued preliminary layoff notices. The timing of the notices coincides with a Monday deadline given by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to school districts. State law requires preliminary school layoff notices to go out by March 1. That's because, if the legislature approves Gov.