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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Mary Lee Huber has been around Ellsworth for nearly all her life. She was born and raised here, and spent 27 years of her teaching career in the Ellsworth School District before retiring in 2004. Yet, as Huber is enjoying retirement, life has led her to a different path far away from Ellsworth: The sea. "Given that I have good health and energy, once you get to retirement, the question is what's next," she explained. "I wanted to think outside the box and sailing is outside the box." Huber has spent winters since her retirement along the Mexican coastline, each year increasing her time.
An Ellsworth man was sentenced to one year probation Monday for misdemeanor sexual assault. Corey J.
A punch has landed a Roberts man in trouble, especially when the punch was directed toward a police officer. Kyle D. Drinkwine, 25, was charged with attempted battery of a police officer along with obstruction in Pierce County Circuit Court Thursday. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance 10 a.m. Nov. 30. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police officer Ryan Miller wrote in his report that around 2:10 a.m. Sept. 15, he noticed a group of individuals starting to make some noise outside of Shooter's.
STOCKHOLM - Attention area artists of all kinds: If you're looking to showcase your talents, Stockholm has a place for you. The WideSpot Performing Arts Center and Community Project will host its first performance 7:30 p.m.
SPRING VALLEY - Lloyd and Darcie Larrieu drove from Spring Valley to River Falls so their son Trent could play in a youth football league with kids his own age. When Trent entered the third grade, a few of his friends wanted to play in that league too, and it was decided they would form a Spring Valley team. The league organizers in River Falls nixed the idea. That got Darcie's wheels spinning. "My wife got the idea of starting a youth football program in Spring Valley for our son and his friends," Lloyd said. "I agreed with it, and it took off from there." That was 12 years ago.
A River Falls man was charged earlier this month with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a child in Pierce County Circuit Court. Yasser Elgez, 37, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, faces a maximum penalty of 60 years prison on each count if found guilty. He is currently in the Pierce County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is a preliminary hearing 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15. According to the criminal complaint, River Falls police were notified of the alleged assault on Sept. 29 when the victim's mother reported the case to an officer.
PLUM CITY--The Plum City School District is experiencing declining enrollment. That fact was again confirmed at last month's board meeting when Superintendent Mark Luebker announced 304 students are enrolled in the district, compared to 320 from last year. In other news, the board: --Approved a projected levy and mill rate in the budget and annual meeting held Sept. 28. The mill rate will be 11.61, while the levy is $1,568,340.
PRESCOTT - Marty McCabe grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa and spent eight years working for Wal-Mart. Those two traits endeared him to recruiters for Tractor Supply Company, who contacted McCabe the day after he submitted his resume online to prospective employers. As it turned out, once McCabe found out what Tractor Supply was, a retail store specializing in hobby farms, he became intrigued with them as well. McCabe started with the company in April 2006 and by November that year, was managing their Greenfield, Minn. store.
When Ryan Casper first set foot in Afghanistan, he couldn't help notice the way of life. "With their lack of infrastructure, the standard of living was much worse than Iraq," he said. "It was like the Middle Ages." Casper spent nine months in the country from September 2008 through last June as part of a military mission, where he helped assist Afghan medical personnel with their military. This was the second mission overseas for the Ellsworth High School social studies teacher.
The request to name the Elmwood softball field after longtime Coach Jerry Cognetta has caused some interesting discussion among school board members. The issue was brought up again at a recent board meeting and President Greg Nelson said the board has begun creating a policy regarding such matters, and more information and discussion needs to take place. That discussion will take place on Wednesday, Oct.