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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ELMWOOD--The Elmwood School Board passed its 2009-10 budget last month, but not without some anxious moments. After failure to do so at the annual meeting Oct. 19, a special school board meeting was held Oct. 26 that saw a budget passed $100,000 under levy ($1,909,981). A budget needed to be passed by Nov. 1 due to state laws. "It's very difficult times right now," Superintendent Adam Zenner said.
PLUM CITY--The spring election will result in at least one new Plum City School Board member. Todd Glaus, who has served on the board for 18 years, announced last week he will not seek reelection. Glaus is currently the district's treasurer. Jeff Heit is the other candidate whose term will expire in the spring and he hadn't made up his mind if he will run or not. In other news, the board: --Was informed by High School Paul Churchill the Veterans' Day program was a success. Bill Charlesworth, a veteran who lives in Stockholm, was the featured speaker.
PLUM CITY--The Village of Plum City is providing the latest example of how the current economic structure is affecting area people. The village launched its food pantry 12 months ago in conjunction with the other cities and villages in Pierce County. The numbers of families that came each month started to rise so quickly organizers realized a new home would be needed.
A Spring Valley man was charged earlier this month in Pierce County Circuit Court with intentionally abandoning animals. William Gokey, 53, W1618 850th Ave., is looking at a misdemeanor charge carrying a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or nine months jail if found guilty. Gokey had a court appearance scheduled for Monday morning. According to court records: Pierce County sheriff's deputies were called to an animal complaint around 6:40 p.m. Sept. 26 near N8870 410th St., Spring Valley.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City Village Board announced the decorating for Spring Pond Park will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14 This is in addition to the memorial lighting, which is at a new time this year--7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. In other action earlier this month, the board: Heard the road work for Tower Hill has been completed and plans call for the shelter work to be done in the spring. Heard from Jeff Gumbusky, who said over 750 pounds of produce from the Community Garden went to the Plum City Food Pantry and it's all been distributed. Set the next meeting for 6:30 p.m.
SPRING VALLEY--Dan Burgess announced his resignation as Spring Valley Police Chief earlier this month to take the same position in Roberts. Burgess' last day in Spring Valley is Friday, Nov. 27, and he starts in Roberts the following Monday (Nov. 30). He said he was intrigued by the opening, as it came at a perfect time, both personally and professionally. Included in that reasoning is Roberts' larger police force and the chance to move closer to the Twin Cities. Burgess came to Spring Valley in March 2006, replacing longtime Police Chief Jim Furuglyas, who retired.
Evan Bakke walked out of the Pierce County Courthouse Friday night after his two-day trial no closer to finding an answer about his innocence than when the trial began. A panel of eight men and four women was unable to reach a verdict after 10 hours of deliberation in the 17-year-old River Falls teenager's burglary trial. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing therefore called it a mistrial around 9:30 p.m. Court rules state Bakke can be tried on the same charge again. The court calendar Monday showed a trial date of Jan.
A panel of six men and women took about two hours Tuesday morning to convict a county woman of making threats to judges. Tally A. Rowan, 34, was charged with the two felonies in Pierce County Circuit Court relating to separating accounts involving Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing and Buffalo/Pepin Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. Those two judges presided over a previous case in which Rowan was found guilty and sentenced for police battery, resisting or obstructing an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
Three people in their early 20's were charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with burglary and attempted burglary. Valerie K. Vorwald, 21, Roberts, Justin D. Krizan, 20, Hammond, and Andrew J. Grisell, 20, Sarasota, Fla., are looking at a maximum $37,500 fine and nearly 19 years prison if convicted of both felonies. The charges originate from an incident Oct. 28 in which the Pierce County Sheriff's Department was called to a burglary at W4709 710th Ave. in the Town of River Falls.
Cori Hildebrandt started last month as the new Pierce County Victim-Witness Coordinator. She succeeds Pam Bellrichard, who left after 11 years to take the same post in St. Croix County. Hildebrandt is a River Falls native who graduated from River Falls High School in 1997.