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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PRESCOTT--The fifth annual Taste of Freedom fundraiser will be from 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott. The event is put on by the Friends of Freedom Park as a fundraiser for the center. Visitors will be able to sample foods from Prescott and area restaurants, along with a selection of fine wines and other beverages, and a chocolate fountain for dessert.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate its fourth annual Spring Fever Expo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Ellsworth High School gymnasium. The goal of the event, which is free to the public, is for Ellsworth area business to showcase their business to the public and for businesses to network with other businesses.
A St. Paul man was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with burglary, along with criminal damage to property. Leon G. Bellanger, 23, is facing a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 150 months prison if he is found guilty of burglary. The property damage is on the misdemeanor level, meaning a fine of $10,000 and/or nine months prison. His next court appearance is a pre-trial conference scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 22. According to court records: Ellsworth police were notified of a possible burglary at the 63 Diner around 4:40 a.m. Feb. 28.
Rhonda Blodgett started at the Ellsworth Care Center in 1988 as a certified nurses' assistant and has never left. "I've gotten to know all the residents and it feels like home," Blodgett said. Blodgett has risen through the ranks at the care center, as she's also been a clerk, worked in medical records and spent the last 10 years as the administrative assistant. Last month, Blodgett added one more title--administrator--succeeding the retired Alberta Breitung. "There really hasn't been any pressure so far," Blodgett said.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School Board accepted the retirements of three staff members at a special board meeting last week. Those three are Merlyn Aude, who presently teaches high school music and has been with Plum City since 1976; Monica Krings, who has been with the district since 1977 and is currently the elementary school secretary; and Bill Schildt, the K-12 guidance counselor, who was hired in 2002. The board also accepted the resignations of Pete Adler as high school football coach, and John Pollock and Randy Peiffer as assistant football coaches.
The 652nd Engineer Company received a warm welcome home Thursday afternoon from Iraq as people of all ages lined Main Street in Ellsworth to say thanks. The unit left Ellsworth last March where their mission among others were keeping the lines of military communications open. Members arrived in buses that were escorted by the Ellsworth Police, Fire, Ambulance and Pierce County Sheriff's Department. The response didn't go unnoticed by the troops. "It was above and beyond," said Company Commander Adam Hess.
David Till couldn't help but notice the differences in Iraq now compared to Iraq five years ago. "Last time, we had curfews on when Iraqis could move," he explained. "Now, they had curfews on us. "We stepped back a whole lot more now." Till recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq. He spent most of last year in Iraq as a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard HHC 1-128 Infantry based out of Eau Claire.
PLUM CITY--Around 30 people participated in a Plum City School Board listening session last Monday on how to solve the school district's financial woes. The district is facing an approximately $260,000 shortfall for the 2010-11 year and the board is seeking the public's input on how to balance the budget.
ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board recently approved the purchase of Compass Learning, a web-based curriculum. Elementary Principal Paul Blanford explained the curriculum is a kindergarten through eighth grade program which provides students an additional opportunity to learn at both home and school. Math and reading are the main components, with curriculum also in science and social studies. Additional features, he said, are Compass Learning will challenge students at all levels. Teachers and parents will like it because it can monitor students' progress up to date.
A county woman was sentenced to two years prison Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court for threatening judges. Tally Rowan, 34, was found guilty of threatening both Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing and Pepin Circuit Court Judge James Duvall by a jury trial in November. Rowan was also placed on extended supervision for one year by La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Ramona Gonzalez. "The role of the Judge in our court system is to remain impartial and independent," Gonzalez said during the hearing.