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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MAIDEN ROCK--When Kathy McNay first laid eyes on the Maiden Rock Creamery, her mind drifted toward the past. "It had a pavilion look that reminded me of the place in Indiana where my mom and dad met," she said. In addition, when she found out about the building's history in association with Lake Pepin, she fell in love with it even more. McNay finally became owner in 2002. However, the building was in need of heavy renovations, which took five years to complete.
A former UW-River Falls student was sentenced to 18 months probation Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for fourth-degree misdemeanor sexual assault. Karwee Marshall, 23, was initially charged with third degree felony sexual assault, but pled guilty to the misdemeanor as part of an agreement. "This is an appropriate resolution of a difficult situation," said Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing, who handed down the sentence. "Mr.
Jim Ross explained that, when the book "Climb Aboard" was first published last March, it caught the attention of one person in particular. "I was having discussions with the (Pierce County) Sheriff (Nancy Hove) and she felt it would be a good book to have in their squad cars," said Ross, owner of Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City whose personal story was the inspiration for Climb Aboard (the book was written by local resident Susan Huppert). Hove explained each squad car has a series of books used to comfort children in adverse, unfortunate situations.
Children can change their parents' lives in so many ways the potential is unlimited. For Buena Farrell, being the mother of three-Jazamyn, age 13, Kennedy, seven, and Audrey, four, led her to photography. "I enjoyed taking photos of my children and capturing their moments," said Farrell, who explained the interest took off after Kennedy was born (Jazamyn is Farrell's niece, while Kennedy and Audrey are Buena and husband Kyle's biological children).
A Prescott teenager was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation. John P. Lubich, 19, 190 Flora St. S., was also charged with alleged misdemeanor intimidation of a victim and disorderly conduct along with the felony. The strangulation charge, which is a Class H felony, carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison. He's scheduled to make his first court appearance 10 a.m. Oct. 19 on the charges. Incident The charges stem back to an Aug.
Thomas O'Brien sat in a Pierce County courtroom Tuesday afternoon still showing the lingering effects of an accident that happened nearly 14 months ago. Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall advised him that if he's feeling pity for himself, to knock it off. "This isn't about you or the wreck you made of your life," Duvall said during O'Brien's sentencing hearing. "It's about the impact you made on the Perez family and their lives." O'Brien, 22, Beldenville, pled guilty to nine charges Tuesday, including three OWI's and multiple misdemeanors, which included reckless driving.
A county woman was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 14 months prison for police battery. Tally A. Rowan, 34, was found guilty of the felony by a jury trial in March. Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall also sentenced her to nine months jail for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting/obstructing an officer. Those terms are concurrent. "Confinement is needed to protect the public," Duvall said. Rowan was also placed on three years extended supervision for the battery charge.
PRESCOTT--The Happ-E-Hill pumpkin farm returns for its second year to Nesbitt's Nursery, starting this Saturday through Nov. 1. "We felt pretty good about the first year," said Leon Nesbitt. "We wanted to offer a nice, healthy atmosphere and we received a lot of favorable reviews last year." At the same time, Nesbitt also praised former owners Bill and Judy Emery for their help. "They did a wonderful job of building the business," he said.
MAIDEN ROCK--Bob Anderson is a devoted motorcyclist. "I love to ride bikes," he said. "There is nothing better. The freedom of being out in the open road and everyone that owns a bike is so friendly." The Maiden Rock native has been using that passion to good use, as the last three years he has helped organize two fundraising rides--one for the combat stress relief program of the Disabled American Veterans and the other for breast cancer research. "If it wasn't for our men and women of the Armed Forces, we wouldn't be where we're at," he said.
BELDENVILLE--Less than 50 people attended the first Circle K Orchard Apple Festival in 1989. Twenty years later, orchard owner Wilson Mills estimated this year's festival, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday, should draw between 3,000-5,000 people. "It seems like yesterday when we first started it," he explained. "One of the things I think that has caused the growth is the tradition of it.