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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Eight new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop early last week in preparation for the 2009-10 school year that started yesterday. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Wendy Augustine The Lake City, Minn., native will be teaching at the Lindgren Early Learning Center this year. Augustine completed her college education at Winona (Minn.) State University.
A Minnesota man will spend the next 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree sexual assault of a child. Bruce J. Joelson, 43, will also serve 10 years on extended supervision upon his release. The sentence came down Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. "You did this to yourself," Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall said, addressing Joelson. "You're 100 percent responsible for what went on.
Mark Campbell sat in a Pierce County courtroom Tuesday hoping that this sentencing hearing would go better than the first. Campbell, 38, River Falls, was sentenced to 30 years prison in Feb. 2008 for first-degree sexual assault of a child. A District III Court of Appeals ordered the case to be resentenced in May after stating that Judge Robert Wing should have considered state guidelines before sentencing and say that for the record. Wing sentenced Campbell to 30 years prison and 10 years extended supervision.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Jody Werner spent his formative years constructing and designing forts with multiple levels, even installing trap doors on the second floor. Picking a career was an easy call. "I've always been intrigued by construction," he said. "I've always wanted to go into construction and own my own business." The Appleton native accomplished both goals since he has reached 20 years in the industry and owned his own business. Now, Werner is his own boss again thanks to the launch of Busy Bee Construction and Design LLC in May.
A Minnesota man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court earlier this month with police battery after he injured a River Falls officer and temporarily blinded him. Ryan A. Kryzer, 34, Forest Lake, was also charged with resisting an officer. The police battery is a Class H felony that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison, if found guilty. The resisting charge is a misdemeanor. The criminal complaint is alleging that on Aug. 13, officer Ryan Miller was responding to a call that two males had been trespassing at a house on Vine St., in the city of River Falls.
ELMWOOD -- The Elmwood School Board approved hiring Rebecca Baier as a fifth-grade teacher in a previous meeting. The hiring was needed as there are 31 students enrolled in the fifth-grade class. Baier was one of 52 applicants for the position. Baier is familiar with Elmwood as she taught there in the past. The position is for this upcoming year, which starts next Tuesday. In other news, the board: * Was updated on the latest enrollment figures. One hundred sixty-three students will be in Pre-K through fifth grade, 72 in grades six through eight, and 117 in the high school grades.
James Wedgwood estimates that his job forces him to spend over 60 percent of the year on the road. He's alright with that because the job as a ventriloquist and the satisfaction it brings more than make up for it. "I'm very fortunate due to the variety," he explained. "A ventriloquist can perform at county fairs, grade schools, library functions, etc.
A Spring Valley teenager was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court Tuesday with sexual assault of a child. Lucas W. Danielson, 19, W1173 Maryann St., is alleged to have intercourse with a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. The maximum penalty for the Class C felony if Danielson is found guilty, is $100,000 and/or 40 years prison. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was a patient at an area hospital on Aug. 6.
Nicholas Christiansen was in a good mood when describing his performance at the World Ringside Boxing Tournament. "It was very tough, just like I'd thought it would be," the Ellsworth teenager explained.
Dianne Lechler said it didn't take her long to respond to Carolyn Fenske's request. Fenske was asking if Lechler would design a commemorative quilt for a raffle drawing which is being used as a fundraiser for the 2010 Farm Technology Days (FTD) coming to Pierce County next summer. "I think I would," Lechler remembered saying, "And I told her I got a friend," she added as Lechler pointed at Rachel Herbison. Their design was unveiled Monday. It is set to the design of "Old Glory," a pattern created by Barb Adams that Lechler found in a book.