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A River Falls man was charged last month with repeated sexual assault of child. The maximum penalty for this felony is $100,000 and 40 years prison. Matthew A. Bunnell, 26, 249 Foster Street, was accused of committing three or more sexual assaults on a girl, now 15. His next court appearance is 1:45 p.m. May 12 on a pretrial conference. Members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Human Services and River Falls Police interviewed the victim in late March. She described meeting Bunnell for the first time when she was five. He was a family friend.
ELMWOOD -- Jon Hinzman has seen the Elmwood School District through the eyes of a student (1993 graduate) and a teacher (since 2001). Starting next fall, Hinzman will add another level to his Elmwood experience, as he was approved last month by the school board as the elementary, middle and assistant high school principal. Hinzman succeeds Adam Zenner, who was promoted to superintendent/high school principal upon Barry Rose's resignation to accept the Cumberland Superintendent position. "From roaming the halls as a student to now being in charge of them, it's a weird feeling," the 32-year-o
A debate on liquor licenses was the main topic of discussion for the Ellsworth Village Board Monday night. Hans McCarthy, Team Leader for Pamida, came before the board with a request for a "Class A" Liquor/Beer license. He told the board Pamida's plans were to sell off-sale beer and wine, with no hard liquor. As a result, he further requested the board amend local ordinance, which calls for a limit of one license per every 2,000 people in the village.
Whether it's individuals, groups or organizations, they all have the same mission in mind: wanting to keep their environment clean. That is the purpose of the Adopt-A-Highway program established in Pierce County since 1995. The Pierce County Highway Department coordinates the program and breaks down the Adopt-A-Highway by two-mile sections for county roads.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley School Board reorganized early last week. Eric Turner was voted as president, succeeding Diane Gavic, who didn't seek reelection. Susan Hayes is vice-president, Brian Wang was voted clerk and Allan Faber became treasurer. The other three members of the board are Jim Helmer, Terry Green and Jim Miller.
Whenever the Spring or Fall Flood Run occurs, expect the unexpected. And this year's Spring Flood Run, which occurred April 19, included at least one notable development. However, the unpredicted didn't happen along the Mississippi River. According to an accident report supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Nathan Zignego, 21, Elmwood, left the Waverly Bar parking lot around 5:51 p.m. that day. Zignego backed out of a parking stall and ran into a motorcycle owned by Robert M. Raehsler of Ellsworth.
For as long as Jerry Halvorson can remember, he's had a connection to horses. "The first memory I ever had was being raised on a farm that had horses," he said. "It's been a lifelong thing." Halvorson grew up on farms, as his parents were nomadic farmers between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
HAGER CITY -- When Herman Kreig became the Pierce County Sheriff's Department K-9 Officer in 2004, he had a list of things he wanted done to enhance the department. Near the top of the list was a training facility for "Packer," the department's K-9, in Pierce County because, in the past, K-9 officers would have to leave the county to train. That vision became reality last week as Pierce County, along with other K-9 officers from around the area, helped commission the Pierce County Sheriff's Department K-9 training facility behind the Border Lounge in Hager City. The facility, also known as
PRESCOTT -- Johnny Solomon was searching for a new place to live and settled on San Diego, Calif. With a fully packed car, Solomon was on his quest. A glitch developed: after 15-20 minutes, Solomon realized being in a car for that long would drive him nuts, so plan B came about. Solomon came upon Prescott and found the city to his liking, as he found a home and was able to teach guitar lessons. He also helped out part-time at Strawberry Fields, an eatery that specialized in deli items. When that business closed, Solomon grew intrigued with the location, as cooking besides music was anothe
When Dave Gavin presented his art work at a show in New Richmond a couple of years ago, one of the requirements he had was to give a speech on it. Afterwards, a couple of people were so impressed with Gavin's presentation, they wanted to compliment him on it. "They asked me how many times I said it," the normally quiet Gavin said. "I replied I only said it once." Now, Gavin, a Beldenville resident, gets to do it again, as he and son Jesse's work will be featured at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott for the next seven weeks, starting this weekend.