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 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.
A Pierce County employee was charged in Circuit Court Wednesday with falsifying records and theft. Roger L. Billeter, 51, W6207 490th St., Beldenville, who works for the Highway Department, is looking at two Class I felonies, which each carry a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison, if found guilty. His first court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 19.
A state appellate court has upheld the verdict against a former Pierce County man convicted of sexual assault, along with other felonies. Paul Krauss, 43, was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault with use of force, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction and bail jumping in March 2007.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board learned earlier this month Ayres and Associates has been nominated for a state award due to their work on the village's main street renovation project. The American Council of Engineering Companies will hold a banquet in Kohler Friday, March 26, and Village President Doug Watkins and wife Gloria will represent the village. In other news, the board: --Approved the Plum City Community Garden Club's use of the community garden spot for the upcoming season.
PRESCOTT--The Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center had a full house Saturday as the fifth annual Taste of Freedom, a fundraiser benefiting the center and Freedom Park, was held. "This goes beyond our expectations in seeing this large group of people having a good time," said Jim Shiely, chair of Friends of Freedom Park Board. Since 2006, over 60,000 visitors from 50 states and 38 countries have visited the center, along with over 11,300 participants enjoying the center's 300 educational programs. Throughout the 3½ hour event, visitors were able to sample items from the Bake Shop and
ELMWOOD--As students and teachers at Elmwood High School spent last week getting ready for the first annual medieval feast Friday, uncertainty reigned. "We didn't know what to expect," said teacher Dave Hoffman, who presided as "King" of the feast. "None of us had ever done this before," student Brian Tolonen said. The idea of a feast was the brainchild of first-year English teacher Steve Renfree, who has held a feast in his previous teaching stops.
MAIDEN ROCK--Cynde Randall was appointed as the newest Maiden Rock Village Board trustee earlier this month. Randall will fill the seat vacated by Wayne Larson, who resigned last month. Randall's term will expire next April. In other news, the board: --After a lengthy discussion, decided to increase the vendor fees during the Spring Flood Run from $50 to $75.