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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PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board approved the following staff reductions early last week in response to the district's attempt to balance its budget for the 2010-11 school year: --The K-12 Guidance Counselor position was reduced from 100 to 75 percent; --Hours were reduced for the Assistant Director of Special Education; --A 10 percent reduction in K-12 Speech Language; --A 50 percent reduction in the K-12 Library/Media Specialist; --A 20 percent reduction in the Elementary Physical Education department; --An elementary teacher position was eliminated; --The position of longtime mu
Paul Barkla was again reelected County Board Chair during the Board of Supervisors' annual meeting Tuesday morning. Barkla, a River Falls native, was first elected in 2004. He represents Wards 8 and 11 in the City of River Falls. Jeff Holst of Hager City was elected First Vice-Chair while Jerry Kosin of Prescott was named Second Vice-Chair. Holst was also elected in 2004, while Kosin has been on the Board since 1998, the longest-tenured current member.
MAIDEN ROCK--The Maiden Rock Village Board set the date for the board of review earlier this month. The open book will be from 2-4 p.m., with the board of review from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at the senior center. In other news, the board: --Reviewed a draft policy regarding board meeting procedures. An ordinance is expected to be adopted by next month's meeting. --Announced that, for next week, the village will enforce the ordinance on junk and abandoning vehicles. --Instructed Clerk/Treasurer Shirley Gilles to send letters to village residents who haven't had their dog licensed.
Research shows therapy dogs have the ability to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, ease depression and improve the quality of life, among other factors. That's for the patient. How about owning one? "It's been very rewarding," said Ashley Bemis, who owns "Maddy," a Chihuahua/Papillon dog who officially became certified last July. "It makes your day when their eyes light up when we walk in." Bemis and husband Ryan, who live north of Bay City, bought Maddy nearly three years ago when she was only seven-weeks-old.
ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board established and approved two new policies last month. The first policy was not to name any school facilities after a person or group of people. The second, which corresponds with the first, was to create a "Wall of Honor" to honor alumni, retired and former employees, community citizens and groups for their contributions to the school district over the years. The policies were established after a request was made last summer to name the softball field after longtime Coach Jerry Cognetta, who retired as a teacher last year.
PRESCOTT - Visitors Saturday to Prescott City Hall came away in wonderment with the latest pieces of equipment from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department (PCSD)- a mobile command center and rescue air boat. The mobile center and air boat were among many items on display for the public to see during the second annual "What's Great About Prescott" event. While Sheriff Nancy Hove and her department love the items as well, they will be the first to tell you if they are being used, an adverse situation is occurring. "Hopefully, we never have to use it," she said.
Only three months are left before Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (FTD) hits Pierce County. Thursday, the executive committee and the sub-committees met at the Seyforth Building on the Pierce County Fairgrounds for a status update and to hear how things are progressing for the event, scheduled Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm, two miles south of River Falls on Hwy.
Lucas Danielson is spending the next six-plus years in prison for possession of child pornography and auto theft.
2009 presented a challenging year for those in the Pierce County Public Health Department, thanks to a certain four-letter word. "The response to the H1N1 novel influenza pandemic provided a real world challenge of our preparedness planning efforts," Director Sue Galoff wrote in the 2009 annual report.
A River Falls teenager was sentenced to 20 days jail Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property. Evan R. Bakke, 18, N8041 925th St., was placed on two years probation for the three misdemeanors by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. The jail term was a probation condition. Wing explained his sentencing by stating he was concerned that Bakke could be calculated one minute and immature the next because he's seen evidence of both.