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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PRESCOTT--Kelly Geister loved art growing up, specifically drawing. "When I was younger, my grade school teachers would take my pens away because I always drew on myself," she said. The passion comes from her family, she said, as multiple family members were talented artists. It all starts, Kelly said, with her great-grandmother Ethel, who Kelly remembers would draw the favorite animals of each great-grandchild into pieces of peanut butter. Kelly, meanwhile, fell in love with a particular kind of art.
PRESCOTT --- Ethel Geister attributes her longevity to a series of factors. No alcohol or tobacco abuse. Drinking lots of water and coffee daily. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eating home grown meat most of her life. "Hard work doesn't kill anyone or I would have been gone years ago," she said. "It is a great exercise." A positive outlook on life with a caring and loving attitude. Obeying the Ten Commandments. Those factors helped Geister reach 100 years of age last month.
Robert Hallock of Ellsworth last week won a Budweiser mini-chopper sponsored by the beer company and the Ellsworth Holiday Station Store. He was one of six qualifiers for the drawing. "I'm a Bud Light drinker and, when I saw the sign, I knew it was right up my alley," he said. He admitted astonishment when he was notified. "I said, 'Wow, I can't believe it'," he remembered. "I was pleasantly shocked and surprised." Hallock, who lives outside of Ellsworth, has 11 grandchildren between the ages of six months and 18 years, so he figures the chopper will get a lot of usage.
Around 35 people showed up Monday night at the Seyforth Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds to hear steps on stimulus funding. The guest speaker was Mark Seitz, Aide for Congressman Ron Kind, who spent 45 minutes highlighting the goals of the $780 billion American Recovery and Investment Act (the official name for the stimulus package). "The number one goal of this legislation is job creation," he explained.
Jeffrey Carlisle sat in Pierce County Circuit Court Monday expressing his sympathy and remorse for his actions in an April 2007 accident that killed a Prescott woman and seriously injured her husband. "I'm very truly sorry for what I've done," he said. Carlisle was in court awaiting his sentencing for pleading guilty to vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing had a hard time believing Carlisle's apology. "It's hard to believe anything he says because he doesn't tell the truth," Wing said.
A Hager City man was sentenced to one year jail Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for recklessly endangering safety. Howard R. Hanson, 36, was also placed on four years probation by Judge Robert Wing. Wing also granted work release privileges, along with maintaining absolute sobriety and a psychological evaluation. The charge stems to an incident last October when Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch was notified of a one-vehicle rollover on CTH EE, north of Bay City. Upon arrival, sheriff's officers found Hanson walking in the ditch and stumbling all over the place.
Chad Johnson was very happy in his job as project manager for Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. However, when he heard Pierce County was looking for a new highway commissioner, he realized it wouldn't hurt to explore his options. "I felt this would be a real career opportunity for me," he said, adding positions like these don't come open too often. The opportunity came through, as Johnson was approved by the county board last month.
Recent releases by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) about the workforce in Pierce County show some not too surprising results. The national economic struggles made their way to Pierce County as, from last November to December, the unemployment rate jumped from 4.6 to 5.5 percent. That rate is still below the average rate of the Twin Cities metro area, which includes Pierce County (6.4), a nine-county average made up of Polk, Barron, St.
Dan Washburn started earlier this month as the third store manager of the Ellsworth Pamida since its opening less than a year ago. The turnover is something he plans on changing. "I plan on being the last," he said. "I love the town so far and plan on moving my family here." Washburn, 30, was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in Mora, Minn.
A trial date was set Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two men involved in an alleged deer poaching incident from last November. On 8:30 a.m. May 6, a jury trial will hear the cases of Nicholas Thayer, 28, who was charged with hunting a deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, and Daniel Place, 27, who also received the failure to attach ear tag charge.