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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PRESCOTT - How many 78-year-olds would spend their birthday at a bar dancing to rock and roll music ? That's how Lorraine Eichman celebrated her most recent birthday. "The Twerps (a country/rock band) were playing at the Pilot House in Prescott at 10 p.m.," the longtime Prescott resident explained. "So, I went to bed at 4 p.m., woke up and danced to rock-and-roll from 10-12 p.m. "I had a good time." That doesn't surprise her friends. "She loves to be out there and make people laugh," said fellow Prescott resident Kris Sampson. Sampson has known Eichman nearly 30 years.
Call it mother's intuition or a gut feeling, but Julie Carlson knew something wasn't right with her four-year-old son Jacob. Jacob had a couple restless nights last February so Julie and husband Mike took him to urgent care. The diagnosis was an ear infection. He was given antibiotics for 10 days, but two days after the prescription ended, the same symptoms of fevers, crying, irritability and loss of appetite reappeared. A broader antibiotic for another 10 days was prescribed.
Two Pierce County high schools, Ellsworth and Prescott, will hold Homecoming this week with the culmination being the football games, each set for Friday night. Ellsworth will be looking for its first win of the year when the team takes on Amery (2-2 overall). Meanwhile Prescott (3-1) will host Somerset (1-3). Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Ellsworth Ellsworth held its coronation Monday morning with Josh Miska and Brittney Boe taking honors.
One morning early last week, a hunter was scouring land in the Town of Salem for ginseng. He didn't find any, but he did find another kind of plant. It was the kind of plant most people would not want to find growing on their property. And it didn't stop there. He found another, and then another. Believing he came upon a marijuana ring, the hunter notified the Pierce County Sheriff's Department around 12:30 p.m. a week ago Monday. Investigators rushed to the site, two miles north of Hwy. 10 along the Rush River, or eight miles northwest of the Village of Plum City.
A reason for the recent population growth in Western Wisconsin is those who have lived in the Twin Cities area want something more quieter and relaxing. Paul and Trudi Schaefer fit that description. Only the couple didn't make the move recently; they did it in 1976. "We wanted to raise our children in the country," Trudi explained. "We wanted to do it all by ourselves and we pretty much have." The couple has been married 43 years, and lives on Windbeam Farm, a 40-acre farm between Ellsworth and Red Wing. But these aren't your traditional farmers.
A River Falls man was sentenced Monday to five years prison for sexual assault of a child. Matthew A. Bunnell, 27, 249 Foster St., was sentenced by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. Wing also ordered Bunnell to 10 years extended supervision, along with registering as a sex offender. "This wasn't an isolated incident," Judge Wing said.
A Minnesota man was sentenced to five years prison for his role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) in Hager City in May. Roger B. Bugh, 40, was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. "Confinement is needed to protect the public," Judge Duvall said. "The length of the prison sentence is reasonable to protect the public." Duvall also ordered Bugh to five years extended supervision once his prison term is complete. Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB.
Paul Bauer has a simple goal about his tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/General Manager (GM) for the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery. "To keep up the tradition they've established," he said. "They've got a great group of people here that have done a quality job." Bauer started his tenure as CEO/GM last week replacing Ken McMahon who retired after 14 years. The Wausau native's first choice for a career was a veterinarian. However, he didn't like the sight of blood. Bauer, who grew up on a dairy farm, then turned to agriculture.
Pierce County Sheriff's Department made their largest marijuana bust in the last 15 years Tuesday in the Town of Salem. They found two main sites where the marijuana was being dried and processed. Investigators believed it was grown within the last week due to how fresh the leaves were. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the owners haven't returned. How much that was found in terms of weight or money won't be known until later this week. For a more detailed story and photos, check the Sept. 17 print edition of the Herald.
Nineteen new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop early last week as the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year neared. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Paige Anderson Paige Anderson returns to Western Wisconsin after spending seven years teaching in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson grew up in Gilmanton and graduated from UW-Madison in 2000. At Ellsworth, Anderson will teach ninth grade geography and be a co-advisor for the high school yearbook.