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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ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board heard an update of building maintenance projects recently. Maintenance Supervisor Dave Smith said these projects need to be done in the near future: remove remaining asbestos and replace flooring in the computer lab, kindergarten room and connecting hallways; replace old fixtures and upgrade bathrooms on the south end of the elementary school, making them handicapped accessible; replace a section of corroded and leaky heating system pipes; and inspect the Red Gym roof. The board also: --Heard from Elementary Principal Paul Blanford, who said grades K-5 will
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board set the mill rate and total levy for the current school year last month. The total levy was $1,440.821, with a mill rate of 11.31, an increase of .14 from last year. Superintendent Mark Luebker said the increase is due to a decrease in property valuations.
During last week's Pierce County Board meeting, Finance Director Julie Brickner alerted supervisors one of the potential shortfalls for the 2011 proposed budget was the sheriff's department still needed to cut almost $70,000. The shortfall got a lot clearer Monday at a finance and personnel committee meeting. Sheriff Nancy Hove and Chief Deputy Neil Gulbranson informed the committee, due to more cuts and employees switching health insurance, the figure was down to $41,000.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley School Board approved the tax levy and mill rate for the 2010-11 year last week. The levy was set at $3,185,281, an increase of 2.5 percent, while the mill rate was 11.61, an increase of $1.08 from last year. Superintendent David Wellington said taxpayers will be looking at a 2.5 percent increase on their property taxes. Wellington also told the board the September enrollment count showed Spring Valley with 729 students in grades preK-12.
A 17-year-old Maiden Rock teenager was put on probation for two years Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor theft in Pierce County Circuit Court. Gabriel L. Rodriguez, N2984 220th St., will have to serve 30 days in jail as a probation condition, ordered by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles. Other conditions include no possession or consumption of alcohol or any illegal drugs, undergoing an alcohol and drug assessment and follow through with recommendation. He also pled guilty to burglary but was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement for two years.
The 2011 Pierce County budget got its first look from the full county board Tuesday night. At their June meeting, the board ordered departments to reduce their 2011 budgets by 3.4 percent. The figure resulted from reducing the three percent increase on the operating levy the state will allow by $190,000, Finance Director Julie Brickner told the board then. It would generate $240,000 in additional property taxes, she continued, but require the reduction. The proposed budget, Bricker said Tuesday, is currently $217,563 under the tax levy limit.
A River Falls teenager's attempt to pay off a drug debt will result in him spending the next five years in prison. Blake Halverson, 18, was charged with armed robbery of Dick's Hometown Liquor last November. After pleading guilty in July, he was sentenced Tuesday by Pepin County Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. Duvall highlighted numerous facts about the incident to hammer the point of the gravity of the offense. "It was an armed robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon and a gun pointed at a person," he said. "And for why? To get money for drugs.
Three Minnesota men were each charged Monday with two counts of burglary in Pierce County Circuit Court. James W. Richardson, 32, Stillwater, Daniel H. Masloski, 27, White Bear Lake and Sean MaCaloon, 40, are looking at the maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 12 years, six months prison for each Class F felony count. They are scheduled to make their initial court appearance 10 a.m. Nov. 22. Pierce County Sheriff's Department Investigators became aware of the three on August 26, according to the criminal complaint, when St.
The search for finding a new Pierce County Administrative Coordinator might finally be nearing an end. Personnel Specialist Sandy Langer announced Friday, Patrick A. Cannon and Patrick A. DeGrave, will be brought back for second interviews November 1st. Cannon is the current City Administrator for the City of Sun Prairie, Wis., while DeGrave was most recent the Administrator for Oak Creek, Wis.
Bradley Reitmann's and Joleigha Johnson's alleged crime spree originally had victims in Ellsworth, Red Wing and Hastings. Now, you can add River Falls to the list. The pair, charged earlier this month with burglary and receiving stolen property, were each charged with seven counts Oct. 12 in Pierce County Circuit Court. Those new counts are burglary, theft and four counts of credit card fraud. The next court date is a preliminary hearing set for 3:30 p.m. Monday. The River Falls case started Sept.