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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A River Falls teenager was charged earlier this month in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony second-degree reckless endangerment. Joseph T. Kobs, 17, 1430 Cemetery Ln., No. 103, is looking at a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 10 years prison if found guilty. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charge Monday of this week. According to court records, River Falls police and a Pierce County child protection worker went to interview the victim, a 13-year-old girl, in March. The victim explained that, three days earlier, she smelled marijuana coming from his room.
When a class project called for coming up with solutions to help those who are less fortunate, Carlie Christensen didn't have to look far for ideas. The Meyer Middle School of River Falls eighth grader had watched her mother Jody previously be a foster mother and saw foster children had many hurdles to achieve. So, the 13-year-old wanted to do her part. She went around to businesses and people she knew around the River Falls area and asked for donations.
PRESCOTT--Brian Allen came from a "green" family. "We are environmentalists at heart," he said. "We loved being outdoors." And how the future is shaping up scares him. "The more we rely on dirty energy such as coal, the less we'll have of the outdoors," he said. "If we go with renewable energy, the better off we are going to be down the line." Allen is trying to do his part, as he recently launched All Energy Solar, a business specializing in solar energy systems for customers. The business is located at 121 Orange St., in Prescott, which most people also know as Great Rivers Printing.
ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School District will have a new superintendent next year. Adam Zenner, its current one, announced his resignation at a special board meeting late last month, effective Wednesday, June 30. The following day, he starts as an assistant high school principal for the Chippewa Falls School District. "The time was right, both personally and professionally," Zenner said, discussing his rationale in making the move. He and wife Ann have three children, all under age 10. Zenner's tenure in Elmwood was three years.
Wednesday marked the unofficial start of the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD), as representatives from the state and area converged onto the Roger and Bev Peterson Farm for Media Day. "We're inside of 50 days and we're going to give you a great show," Executive Secretary Greg Andrews told the crowd. FTD is scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, at the Peterson Farm, located three miles outside of River Falls. River Falls Mayor Don Richards greeted the group and stated FTD could have all kinds of benefits for the region. "I think a lot of people in the state are going to know
It took a jury of six men and women less than an hour to determine the future of Christin Swenson. The 19-year-old North Branch, Minn., native was charged last year in Pierce County Circuit Court with illegally delivering articles to an inmate, a Class I felony. Thursday, the jury heard the case and found Swenson guilty of the crime. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20. The maximum penalty for the Class I felony, is $10,000 and/or 42 months prison.
The 652nd Army Reserve Engineering Company made lasting relationships with members of the Ellsworth community during its time here. One special relationship was with the Ellsworth Middle School, as the company used the school in a variety of ways over the years. Now that the 652nd's headquarters will be in Hammond, they wanted to show their thanks. Six members stopped by the middle school last week and presented Principal Steve Broton with a paddle and framed picture, showing their appreciation. 1st Lt.
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.