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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The last six months, select Ellsworth High School (EHS) students have been getting a crash course on what the adult world will be like. They have been participating in Panther Employment Services (PES), a service in which students have been receiving extra support in employment experiences.
A 54-year-old Bay City man plead guilty Thursday to possession of firearm by a felon in Pierce County Circuit Court. Lemuel A. Johnson, N1357 Katie Lane, also plead guilty to misdemeanor intentionally pointing firearm at person relating back to an incident last August in the City of River Falls. He will be sentenced 11 a.m. Feb. 2. Johnson was facing these charges after allegedly pointing a gun at a couple inside their car at the Kwik Trip on S. Main St. on Aug. 2 according to the criminal complaint. A 911 call was placed after Johnson left Kwik Trip.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Senior Center will be the site of upcoming health clinics, the Plum City Village Board was told last week. The Wisconsin Department of Health said the Womens, Infants and Children's (WIC) clinic will be the first Thursday of every other month and the immunization clinic will be the second Thursday of every month. The board also heard the food pantry is doing well in its new location. The next regular board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2010.
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.