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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Jamison Klair was fighting to stay out of jail Tuesday. "This situation has made me want to quit drinking and I have," he told Judge James Duvall during a sentencing hearing. "All I have done since is work and spend time with my son. I haven't missed drinking since this incident. "This has been very traumatic for me and it all comes back to the decision I made." The mixed martial arts fighter was referring to a February 2009 incident in the City of River Falls which initially led him to be charged with two counts of felony battery along with misdemeanor battery.
One of the most popular figures in the Ellsworth School District is only seen by students two to three times a week. During her time, she can be seen bringing smiles to students by doing tricks or just by sitting on their laps.
The planning for the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD), to be held in Pierce County next month, is nearing the end. That was the summary from Greg Andrews, FTD Executive Secretary, given in his monthly report to the Pierce County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. "Committees have reached and surpassed the April 1 expectation of 90 percent of all planning is complete," Andrews wrote. FTD is scheduled for July 20-22 at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm, located outside of River Falls on Hwy.
This summer is going to be another busy summer in terms of repairs around the Pierce County Courthouse and County Office Building. The Pierce County Board of Supervisors, by a 16-1 vote Tuesday, approved the issuing and awarding of $1,695,000 in bonds to be used for building projects around the county. The issue has been debated for the last couple of months as, in April, the board voted 12-5 on it, failing to get the three-fourths vote they achieved at last week's meeting.
May 15, 2010 will go down as a day Alexis Ketelboeter will never forget. The Ellsworth fifth-grader was selected to throw out the first pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers/ Philadelphia Phillies baseball game that day. How she earned the selection is a story in itself. The Brewers held their 20th annual DARE day, and Ketelboeter's essay about what she learned in DARE was selected as the best one submitted. "The more you can personalize it, the better it can be," said Pierce County DARE officer Steve Albarado. "Alexis personalized it, researched it and put a lot of heart into it.
Merlyn Aude called his relationship with the Plum City School District a "love affair." All good things come to an end, however, and this relationship will end after 34 years when Aude retires as high school instrumental and vocal teacher. "It's been like a family," he said, expanding on that relationship. "I loved them all dearly and they love me back. It's been wonderful." As for retirement, "It wasn't an easy decision to retire, but I knew it was time." A party is planned for 4-8 p.m. June 12 at Molly's On Main in Plum City.
Senioritis didn't exist in Rachel Anderson's vocabulary this year. The Ellsworth High School senior was determined to maintain her academic standing her final year and instead of relaxing, she wanted to challenge herself with classes such as calculus, physics, advanced chemistry and anatomy and physiology. So when she was named Salutatorian, she was very pleased. "I was really happy that I maintained that spot after all those hard classes," she said. By finishing second, Anderson will be delivering a speech 7 p.m.
When Irene Ford donated blood during her sophomore year at Ellsworth High School, she learned she was O-positive. That got her thinking. "What makes someone who they are?" asked the 2010 EHS valedictorian. "Why does someone have blue eyes and brown hair? Which traits are passed down from generation to generation?" With time, Ford became more intrigued with genetics and decided to focus on the subject when she attends UW-Madison in the fall.
SPRING VALLEY - Judy Fahrendorff chose her career early. "I always knew I was going to be a teacher," she said. "I've always liked school. I was good at it, and I liked kids. It seemed like the place to be." The Dresser native taught in other schools before finding a permanent home in Spring Valley in 1990 as an elementary reading coordinator. She is retiring at the end of this year. "It's time," she said.
PLUM CITY - Kurt Henn was again elected Plum City School Board president during the board's monthly meeting last week. Andy Wieser was named vice-president, while newcomers Shirley Gilles and Gail Fisher were named clerk and treasurer, respectively. Julie Gilles remains as director. In other action, the board: --Named Tabby Kannel as the elementary administrative assistant, replacing Monica Krings who is retiring.