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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An area man was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 20 days jail for misdemeanor insurance fraud. Sean Hall, 37, now of Ellsworth, was also sentenced to 20 days jail for resisting and obstructing an officer as part of a plea agreement. He will serve those terms consecutively. The case goes back to last October when Hall, who was living in Bay City at the time, reported to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department two masked men entered his residence, physically assaulted him, vandalized furniture and burglarized the home.
When Dennis Sorenson first started with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department over 25 years ago, identity theft was a crime that hardly existed. Today, he wishes that was the case. "We've seen a big progression of those within the last five years," said Sorenson, now a lieutenant in the sheriff's department.
ELMWOOD--Dave Bechel has been around farming nearly all of his life, so it's safe to say he has strong feelings about land conservation. "We try to farm with the contour of the land," he said. "We're quite conscious of keeping the land as it should be." As a result, Bechel and wife Amy, who own Maple Grove Dairy, were named Outstanding Land Conservation award winners by the Ellsworth Lions and the Pierce County Land Conservation Department. The Bechels will receive the award at a banquet at 7 p.m.
PLUM CITY -- The Plum City School Board last week approved a couple of staffing issues for the 2009-10 school year. The board announced the technology education position will be at half-time. The family and consumer education (FACE) classes will be offered between two to three hours per day. Connie Anderson, the current FACE teacher who also taught science, is retiring at the end of the year and the board was informed other teachers will teach FACE classes next year. The board also approved a request to offer rather than provide student insurance for next year.
The 27th annual Ellsworth Fire Department chicken feed will be from approximately noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Ellsworth Fire Hall. Proceeds from the feed will help support the operation of the fire department, as it's their main fundraiser for the year. To show how much the feed has grown over the years, Fire Department Member Tom Bjork explained that, when it started, his father Roger said the goal was to sell around 500-600 chickens. Last year, the number was around 4,700, with this year's goal to top the 5,000 mark.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate its third annual Spring Fling Expo from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ellsworth High School Gymnasium. The goal of the Expo, which is free to the public, is to provide an opportunity for Ellsworth area businesses to showcase their variety of products and services available to the Ellsworth area community.
PRESCOTT -- Community support has made the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott a tremendous success in its history. Saturday, the community came out again as nearly 150 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Freedom, a fundraiser benefiting the Learning Center and Freedom Park. Friends of Freedom Park Board Chair Kris Sampson admitted nervousness before the event, wondering if they'd get the support they've had in previous years due to the economic downturn. "It's been surprising in a good way," she said.
A Prescott man was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two years probation for battery of a police officer. Aaron E. Litscher, 29, was also ordered to serve 15 days jail, along with completing alcohol and drug assessment and domestic violence counseling. The charges stem from an incident last September in which Prescott police were dispatched to Litscher's address for a possible domestic.
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.