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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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.
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.