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 with his wife and two daughters.
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A person's health can depend on many things, for example, the quality of health care around them, their own behavior, education and jobs, and the environment. With those factors in mind, a study released Wednesday showed Pierce County as one of the top 10 healthiest counties in Wisconsin. Pierce finished seventh out of 72 counties in a study coordinated by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
An Ellsworth teenager was charged with felony sexual assault of a child Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Dylan Berner, 17, 106 Evergreen Estates, is looking at a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 40 years prison if found guilty. His initial court appearance has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, March 15. According to the criminal complaint: Pierce County Sheriff's Department investigators went to Ellsworth High School last month to speak to the 15-year-old victim.
RIVER FALLS - M&I Bank was named the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in the 31st annual award dinner Tuesday night at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club outside of River Falls. M&I received the award due to their employees being active on the chamber board, chamber ambassadors and other organizations in the community, explained Trisha Huber, Chamber Coordinator.
MAIDEN ROCK--Maiden Rock Village Trustee Wayne Larson announced his resignation, effective Feb. 1. Larson was in his second term as trustee; his present term was set to expire next April. He cited his employment for the resignation, as he is a truck driver. The village board will likely appoint his replacement at next month's meeting. In other news, the board: --Discussed whether or not to penalize board members if they miss meetings due to unexcused absences.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board met briefly last week and covered a few topics. Among them, the board: Was informed representatives from the Census Bureau will come to Plum City to do some testing this Wednesday. Village officials aren't sure of the exact time, but were told it would be in the afternoon. For more information, stop by the village office. Discussed State Rep. Chris Danou's visit, which was scheduled for Tuesday of this week.
Evan Bakke was back in a Pierce County courtroom last week hoping the sequel would have a happier ending than the original. Bakke, 18, stood in front of a jury, accused of burglarizing a River Falls home last March, for the second time after the initial jury was unable to reach a verdict after 10 hours of deliberation. This time, Bakke didn't have to wait that long, as a panel of six men and women acquitted the River Falls teenager after only two hours of deliberation.
A Bay City man will spend 90 days in jail after brandishing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip in River Falls last August. Lemuel A. Johnson, 55, N1357 Katie Lane, was sentenced to three years probation during a hearing Tuesday morning in Pierce County Circuit Court. Johnson pled guilty to the brandishing charge along with a felon being in possession of a firearm. The jail term is a probation condition. "This was not an everyday occurrence in Pierce County," said Judge Robert Wing, who ordered the sentencing.
PLUM CITY--Neighboring school districts sharing ideas when it comes to academics traditionally doesn't happen. Yet, Wednesday at Plum City Elementary School, the sight was taking place, as teachers from Elmwood and Ave Maria Academy visited the school to learn more about the elementary's role in the Reading Best Practices program. And those who were involved loved it. "Being able to sit and talk with other teachers and come with up new ideas is refreshing," said Diane Hurtgen, Elmwood's Reading Specialist.
A Somerset man was placed on probation for one year Thursday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery in Pierce County Circuit Court. Shannon L. Mull, 31, was originally charged with third degree sexual assault last March after an incident in the City of River Falls. Terms of the probation include undergoing counseling and paying court costs. According to the criminal complaint: The victim told River Falls police she and a couple friends of hers went to Somerset to pick up a friend of theirs, later identified as Mull, a person whom she never met.
A Roberts woman will spend the next three years on probation after pleading guilty Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to multiple felonies, including burglary and theft. The agreement calls for Valerie K. Vorwald, 21, to pay restitution, believed to be over $8,000, undergo a psychological evaluation and an alcohol and drug assessment.