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 District is experiencing declining enrollment. That fact was again confirmed at last month's board meeting when Superintendent Mark Luebker announced 304 students are enrolled in the district, compared to 320 from last year. In other news, the board: --Approved a projected levy and mill rate in the budget and annual meeting held Sept. 28. The mill rate will be 11.61, while the levy is $1,568,340.
PRESCOTT - Marty McCabe grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa and spent eight years working for Wal-Mart. Those two traits endeared him to recruiters for Tractor Supply Company, who contacted McCabe the day after he submitted his resume online to prospective employers. As it turned out, once McCabe found out what Tractor Supply was, a retail store specializing in hobby farms, he became intrigued with them as well. McCabe started with the company in April 2006 and by November that year, was managing their Greenfield, Minn. store.
When Ryan Casper first set foot in Afghanistan, he couldn't help notice the way of life. "With their lack of infrastructure, the standard of living was much worse than Iraq," he said. "It was like the Middle Ages." Casper spent nine months in the country from September 2008 through last June as part of a military mission, where he helped assist Afghan medical personnel with their military. This was the second mission overseas for the Ellsworth High School social studies teacher.
The request to name the Elmwood softball field after longtime Coach Jerry Cognetta has caused some interesting discussion among school board members. The issue was brought up again at a recent board meeting and President Greg Nelson said the board has begun creating a policy regarding such matters, and more information and discussion needs to take place. That discussion will take place on Wednesday, Oct.
A former UW-River Falls student was sentenced to eight years prison Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Andres Moreno-Richey, 22, received terms of five and three years for third degree sexual assault and burglary, respectively. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing ordered those terms to be consecutive. Wing also ordered Moreno-Richey to be on extended supervision for nine years after he is released.
MAIDEN ROCK--When Kathy McNay first laid eyes on the Maiden Rock Creamery, her mind drifted toward the past. "It had a pavilion look that reminded me of the place in Indiana where my mom and dad met," she said. In addition, when she found out about the building's history in association with Lake Pepin, she fell in love with it even more. McNay finally became owner in 2002. However, the building was in need of heavy renovations, which took five years to complete.
A former UW-River Falls student was sentenced to 18 months probation Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for fourth-degree misdemeanor sexual assault. Karwee Marshall, 23, was initially charged with third degree felony sexual assault, but pled guilty to the misdemeanor as part of an agreement. "This is an appropriate resolution of a difficult situation," said Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing, who handed down the sentence. "Mr.
Jim Ross explained that, when the book "Climb Aboard" was first published last March, it caught the attention of one person in particular. "I was having discussions with the (Pierce County) Sheriff (Nancy Hove) and she felt it would be a good book to have in their squad cars," said Ross, owner of Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City whose personal story was the inspiration for Climb Aboard (the book was written by local resident Susan Huppert). Hove explained each squad car has a series of books used to comfort children in adverse, unfortunate situations.
Children can change their parents' lives in so many ways the potential is unlimited. For Buena Farrell, being the mother of three-Jazamyn, age 13, Kennedy, seven, and Audrey, four, led her to photography. "I enjoyed taking photos of my children and capturing their moments," said Farrell, who explained the interest took off after Kennedy was born (Jazamyn is Farrell's niece, while Kennedy and Audrey are Buena and husband Kyle's biological children).
A Prescott teenager was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation. John P. Lubich, 19, 190 Flora St. S., was also charged with alleged misdemeanor intimidation of a victim and disorderly conduct along with the felony. The strangulation charge, which is a Class H felony, carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison. He's scheduled to make his first court appearance 10 a.m. Oct. 19 on the charges. Incident The charges stem back to an Aug.