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.
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Ron Willett has been a resident of the Ellsworth Care Center for nearly the last three years. During that time, he can always count on getting one visitor every day. "I stop here every day and visit, sometimes more," his wife Betty said. "I want to make sure he's getting the right care." Ron was diagnosed with Parkinson's, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system which impairs the person's motor skills, speech and other functions. It's just the latest test the couple has faced in their 56 years of marriage.
PLUM CITY--Plum City Schools will be looking for a new boys basketball coach next year. Wayne Radle submitted his resignation, which was approved by the Plum City School Board last week. In addition, Troy Ingli and Nanette Murray were approved as the varsity football and volleyball coaches, respectively, for the upcoming fall sports season. In other action, the board: --Approved the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) contract for the next five years, with the district opting out on a yearly basis.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors was given three options to balance the 2011 county budget and a prevailing theme emerged in all of them: cuts, cuts and cuts. In the end, the board Tuesday approved by a 14-1 vote the option in which all county departments need to cut 3.4 percent from their budgets. The cuts result from reducing the three percent increase on the operating levy the state will allow by $190,000, Finance Director Julie Brickner explained in a memo to the board.
The past, present and future of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department was discussed during Tuesday's County Board of Supervisors meeting. By a unanimous vote, the Board approved creating the position of Patrol Lieutenant. Sheriff Nancy Hove explained the position was created to assist in administrative duties currently performed by Patrol Sergeants and to record drug information for the St. Croix Valley Task Force, which is made up of St. Croix, Polk and Pierce Counties.
A Maiden Rock man was sentenced to 10 days jail Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court as he pled guilty to battery. Kevin D. Fisher, 48, pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge as part of a plea agreement. He was originally charged with substantial battery, two counts of intimidating victim and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in March. The intimidating victim and disorderly conduct charges were dismissed. The jail term is a probation condition Fisher was placed on for one year.
Danielle Peck calls herself fortunate. "I knew what I wanted to do at an early age," she said. "Music has been in my blood." Peck comes from a musical background, as both sides of her family performed, whether in churches or at dances. "They didn't have to push me into it," she joked. "I was running." The running paid off, as Peck has recorded two albums and played professionally the last seven years. Peck will return to Ellsworth for the second straight year to perform during the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival. She takes the stage at 8 p.m.
PLUM CITY--Monica Krings was one of 26 applicants who filed an application with the Plum City School District as it was seeking a part-time library aide. Krings got that job, which was in 1977. Thirty-three years later, her employment with the school district is ending as she is retiring at the end of this month. She spent the first 20 as the library aide and since has been the elementary school secretary. "This job was awesome," she said, talking about the secretary job, while stating she enjoyed the library aide as well. "I love to greet kids and the people.
Joe Boles officially became Judge Joe Friday as he was sworn in as Pierce County Circuit Court Judge in a ceremony held outside the Pierce County Courthouse. "This is really the beginning of what I want to do for the rest of my work life - be of service," the Judge said. "I'm going to do the best job I can to live up to the Oath." Boles was elected in April defeating Robert Loberg. Both men were seeking the position that was held by Robert Wing, who retired after 26 years.
PRESCOTT--Peter Hogan remembers taking his two young children out on a boat for the first time and seeing the excitement on their faces. Now, nearly 20 years later, the children, who are in their late teens to early 20s, get excited when Hogan mentions going for a boat ride. "They still love boating," he said. With that ideal in mind, Hogan launched the Prescott Boat Club earlier this year. "It's like valet boating," he said. "We take care of it all, so you can go out and have a good time." And he means it. Hogan explained all one has to do is call ahead for a reservation.