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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The Pierce County Board of Supervisors might look different in a few months, but the question is how much? Board Chair Paul Barkla informed his fellow members Tuesday night they will have to make a decision soon about the size of the board as the county looks over population figures from the 2010 census. "Redistricting is a fun, interesting process," Barkla said. A committee to draft a new district plan has begun.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the purchase of a new computer system for the Sheriff's Department Tuesday night. After comparing several systems, the Sheriff's Department selected Computer Information Systems Inc. (CIS) out of Skokie, Illinois. The system includes servers, software, training, Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management, Jail Management, Civil Process and Mobile Computer System for the patrol squads. CIS currently operates in several counties including Goodhue in Minnesota, and Jefferson, Langlade and Wood Counties in Wisconsin.
Firefighters halfway across the world will be able to thank Syd Hardy for watching the evening news. Hardy was watching when a story about the Minneapolis Fire Department donating outdated equipment to its sister city in Eldoret, Kenya. The timing was ironic as two days later, Hardy and his fellow Ellsworth firefighters were cleaning out the Village of Maiden Rock fire station.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board last month approved the retirements of two staff members. Jerry Anderson had been an elementary custodian since 1976 and Mary Lou Nabbefeld was the assistant Special Education Director. She had been with the district for 27 years. The board and administration commended the pair for their time and efforts to the district. In other action, the board: --Approved donations from Andy and Leila Wieser and Joe and Mary Wieser to go toward the high school art, history, math and technical education departments.
A River Falls man was charged Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court with two felonies, including reckless homicide. Hardy White IV, 42, 392 Eastview Ct., is accused of causing the death of Jack Jenkins by delivery of a controlled substance. In addition, White was also charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police and ambulance were called out around 5 a.m., Oct.
The current levy cap override for the Prescott School District expires at the end of the 2011-12 school year. And if the District has given any thoughts to extending the levy, the results of a recent community survey is music to their ears. Nearly 66 percent of 300 District voters polled were in favor of renewing the levy. Springsted, a consulting firm, conducted the survey via phone interviews from Dec. 14-19. "We need to address the levy and we wanted to survey the public," Superintendent Roger Hulne said. The levy has been at $1,120,000 each year since the 2008-09 school year.
The Pierce County District Attorney's office Monday has cleared the Village of Spring Valley in terms of violating the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law. Don Nellessen, Supervisor for the Town of Gilman, alleged on Jan. 19, an illegal meeting was held to discuss fire protection contracts between the Village and Towns of Gilman, Spring Lake and Cady. Nellessen was alleging, he along with fellow Gilman Supervisor Jim Traynor and Spring Lake supervisor Richard Johnson were denied entrance because Village President Marsha Brunkhorst stated the meeting was for Chairpersons only.
A Pierce County Board Supervisor was charged last month with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Cullen T. Peterson, 25, River Falls, is alleged to have those two items while he was residing at South Fork Suites on the campus of UW-River Falls. His next court appearance is a motion hearing at 3 p.m. March 24. According to police reports, a UW-RF police officer were called to South Fork Suites Dec. 21 as the resident hall manager and resident assistant were doing room checks.
Great Rivers Printing was named Business of the Year by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce during their 32nd annual dinner Tuesday night at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls. Other award winners include: Paula Weisbeck from the No Name Saloon for being Citizen of the Year, Char Magee from Prescott Insurance receiving Chamber Member of the Year, Prescott Foundation getting Organization of the Year, Phil Helgeson from Heywood, Cari and Anderson receiving Ambassador of the Year and the Fire Department was recognized for their 150 years of service. Outgoing President Julie Moe highlighted t
A Red Wing woman was placed on three years probation Monday after pleading guilty to five misdemeanors in Pierce County Circuit Court. Joleigha L. Johnson, 31, pled guilty to three counts of credit card fraud and two counts of receiving stolen property relating to three separate incidents. Conditions include an alcohol and drug assessment with follow through treatment, no possession of alcohol or drugs, undergo random drug testing and pay restitution.