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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Heather Flock has been a person who isn't afraid of challenges. "Challenge to me is going above and beyond what you think you are capable of," she said. A normal challenge for her is getting her body ready to compete in an iron man, triathlon or a road race. Flock recently embarked on a different challenge for her, as she was a contestant in her first Fitness America event in Las Vegas last month. Fitness America challenges competitors to show off their physical attributes in sportswear on stage.
Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that will stick with Ted Horn forever. And it's not because of the terroristic attacks on the United States. No, for the Ellsworth native, the day was marked by a car accident that changed his life. "I spent a year in recovery and rehabilitation, most of the time in bed or a wheelchair," Horn explained.
Rand Higbee has seen his play "The Head That Wouldn't Die" performed in an assortment of places since its initial performance in May 2007 at the former Ames Dinner Theatre in Ellsworth. The latest was a three-night stop late last month in the United Kingdom. "It was a nice little surprise," the Hager City native said when he first heard about the U.K. news. "Head" is a takeoff of bad 1950's science fiction movies, explained Higbee. It's the story of two college girls studying to become doctors. A madman then goes on a killing spree and the girls start to become concerned for their lives.
A Minnesota man was sentenced Friday to one year probation in Pierce County Circuit Court for police battery. Ryan Kryzer, 35, Forest Lake, was also charged with obstructing an officer relating to an incident in August in the City of River Falls. That charge was dismissed. Background RF Police Officer Ryan Miller responded to a call on Aug. 13 about two males trespassing at a house on Vine Street. En route, he saw the two, one identified as Kryzer, and a friend, walking south on Main Street, approaching Park Street.
Sunday was a cause for celebration at Family Dollar in Ellsworth. The business, which opened in 1995 in a shopping center in the village's midway district, held a re-grand opening that day to celebrate the store's new expansion. "We are very pleased to be a part of the Ellsworth community," said Josh Braverman, public relations manager for Family Dollar. "And proud to offer the great products we have." The first Family Dollar store was opened in 1959 in Charlotte, N.C., according to its web site.
PRESCOTT--Annie Rother is a supporter of the pay it forward concept. "It's a good way to approach life by helping each other out," she said. Rother, the owner of Lookin Good in Prescott, has brought that concept to her store. In October, the hair portion she had since its inception was downsized and Rother replaced it with paying it forward. She said that, since the switch, a list of volunteers has been working at the store doing assorted duties and in return receive in-store credit for the store's items. "It is a win-win situation for all," she said.
Carol Peterson is familiar with dealing with grief. She spent nine years as pastor for Bethlehem and Eidsvold Lutheran churches in Pierce County, where grief was a topic she dealt with frequently. Now, she's carrying that knowledge into another subject as her first novel, "Eddie's Wake," was recently published. She will hold a book signing from 6:30-8 p.m. next Tuesday at the Ellsworth Public Library. "Things happen to all of us, but one thing for sure is that you're not alone," Peterson said, addressing the book's message.
ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board passed its 2009-10 budget last month, but not without some anxious moments. After failure to do so at the annual meeting Oct. 19, a special school board meeting was held Oct. 26 that saw a budget passed $100,000 under levy ($1,909,981). A budget needed to be passed by Nov. 1 due to state laws. "It's very difficult times right now," Superintendent Adam Zenner said.
PLUM CITY--The spring election will result in at least one new Plum City School Board member. Todd Glaus, who has served on the board for 18 years, announced last week he will not seek reelection. Glaus is currently the district's treasurer. Jeff Heit is the other candidate whose term will expire in the spring and he hadn't made up his mind if he will run or not. In other news, the board: --Was informed by High School Paul Churchill the Veterans' Day program was a success. Bill Charlesworth, a veteran who lives in Stockholm, was the featured speaker.
PLUM CITY--The Village of Plum City is providing the latest example of how the current economic structure is affecting area people. The village launched its food pantry 12 months ago in conjunction with the other cities and villages in Pierce County. The numbers of families that came each month started to rise so quickly organizers realized a new home would be needed.