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 with his wife and two daughters.
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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.
When Scott's Outdoor Store in Ellsworth closed, Brad Johnson was one of many who felt the loss. "There were a lot of people around town that I talked to who said they really missed it," he said. Johnson sprung into action and, along with wife Anita and brother Justin, opened The Outdoor Store. It's in the same place -- in the strip mall next to the Ellsworth Post Office -- as Scott's. The business caters to outdoor enthusiasts, selling hunting and fishing merchandise, live bait, guns, ammunition and archery products.
BAY CITY--Laurie Andrews had been working in the non-profit world for years and was seeking a change. "I absolutely love coffee and I always wanted to own my own business," she said. Andrews' two wishes came together with Coffee By The Bay, an establishment specializing in coffee, collectibles and creative paper. The business opened last month at W6518 Hwy. 35 in Bay City. The business also matches her personality. "I'm a people person," she said. "The worst time here is when no one is around.
PRESCOTT--The Prescott School Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday to discuss the space issues at Malone Elementary. This action was approved April 28. The meeting will be held in the high school library. The issues deal with enrollment, explained Superintendent Roger Hulne.
MAIDEN ROCK - The Village of Maiden Rock Board approved several committee appointments during its monthly meeting last week. The Zoning Appeals Board consists of Board President Judy Daleiden, Roger Erickson, Douglas Lansing and Cyndee Randall. The first three members were reappointed, while Randall replaces Wayne Larson. All four terms are for three years each. Lansing was named as an alternate Board of Review member, while Sandra Thielman and Lisa Schultz were appointed to the planning commission for one year.
ELMWOOD--Greg Nelson was reelected as Elmwood School Board President in its annual organization meeting April 29. Paul Peterson and Bernard Christman were also reelected as vice-president and treasurer, respectively. Sandra Weix, who was elected last month to the board, was named clerk.