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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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.
Jason Bach had been doing hill climbing for over 10 years when his first child, Olivia, was born. With a love of the sport, the Bay City resident wanted to pass that interest on to his children. Therefore, Olivia was riding her first motorcycle when she was 22-months-old. Now nine-years-old, Olivia has been doing hill climbing competitively since she was four.
Scott Sutton went to the doctor last September and it ended up changing his life. Sutton, a self-described "bedtime snacker," had reached a point where things had to change in terms of his health--or else. The River Falls native visited the Snap Fitness location there, liked its features and joined immediately with one goal in mind: to lose as much weight as possible. Sutton is well on his way, as he was recently named "The Biggest Loser," which was a competition between the River Falls and Ellsworth locations. The two branches held the event between Jan. 22-March 18.
BAY CITY--Jordan Dibb felt compelled to volunteer in Haiti after seeing the effects the devastating earthquake had on the country. The Farmington, Minn., native called about 30 organizations, saying he would gladly help. They all turned him down, saying more experience was needed. A conversation with one of them, however, gave him an unexpected gift. After being told no, he asked "what do I have to do to get down there?", their response of "you could always walk," turned a light bulb on in his head. Dibb got the idea of walking cross country as a fundraiser for relief efforts in Haiti.
PRESCOTT - When is having too many students in a school building a bad thing? The Prescott School District is experiencing such an issue and Tuesday, citizens wanted to hear how this year's School Board candidates would solve the dilemma and other issues facing the District. Incumbents Maurice LeBreck (appearing by phone), Nancy Paulson and challengers Dan Smaida and Mike Matzek answered questions in a forum sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Kiwanis Club. The forum was held at the High School Cafeteria. The space issue revolves around Malone Elementary.
A Plum City man was sentenced to 30 days jail Wednesday after pleading guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court to felony recklessly endangering safety. Mike Lifto, 36, was placed on two years' probation with the jail term as a condition. He was granted work release privileges.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley Police Department gave Dennis Sorenson his big break in law enforcement when they first hired him in 1983. Sorenson is now returning, as last week he started as police chief for the village. He succeeds Dan Burgess, who resigned last year to become police chief for the Village of Roberts. "Being my hometown, I'm excited about going back to Spring Valley," he said, as he still calls Spring Valley home. The position, however, will be part-time, as Sorenson will remain as lieutenant with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board held its second listening session last week to discuss how to solve the district's budget woes. Superintendent Mark Luebker said about 40 community members attended and the board is seeking the public's input as Plum City is facing an approximately $260,000 shortfall for the 2010-11 school year. Among the subjects discussed were the continuation of the SAGE program, and bidding out the insurance policy for the district's 12-month employees (administration, secretaries, custodians), which Luebker states would be a cost-savings option for Plum City.
Ryan Casper has said the creation of the Hearts and Minds Club when he was deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan was never about him. The Ellsworth High School teacher explained he wanted to show his students what it would be like to help someone overseas and, at the same time, show Iraqi and Afghan students U.S. and coalition forces were there to help, not hurt, their country. It is now Casper's turn to be recognized, as he was named the recipient of the National Education Association's (NEA) Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award.