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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HAGER CITY--Jim Meisser has called Wisconsin home for most of his life. However, for the last few years, Meisser was working for the Chicago field office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and realized he needed a change.
Three longtime Ellsworth friends have seen the future of technology and are willing to share their expertise with others. Donny Brunner, Jeremy Schoeder and Joey Brunner launched mediastash.tv last year, a company specializing in Web design and video production, along with offering a number of media and marketing services. The three explained they started the business after seeing the need for having video online. "A lot of people have had bad experience with Web sites and don't feel it works," Joey said.
Last Feb. 1 started off like any other typical day for Aaron Boleen. After a normal round of doing chores and milking cows, the 21-year-old and older brother Brandon decided to go for a snowmobile ride before breakfast. That's when the day turned into one like no other. The ride turned tragic, as both ended up being thrown from their snowmobiles. Brandon suffered cuts and bruises; Aaron wasn't as fortunate. He was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, news crushing his father. "When I realized they're flying him, my heart dropped to my feet," said Steve Boleen.
A former Prescott woman was sentenced Thursday to four years probation on multiple felony charges, including providing a false ID to a bank. Roberta S. Harcourt, 40, who now lives in Red Wing, will also have to serve six months in jail as a probation condition as part of a plea agreement. Harcourt was initially charged with five felonies - providing a false ID to a bank, obtaining money with a misappropriate ID and three forgeries - and four misdemeanors - all issuing worthless checks less than $2,500.
A River Falls teenager was charged earlier this month in Pierce County Circuit Court with spitting on police officers, a Class I felony, and if found guilty would bring a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison. Jeramy R. Stuart, 18, 1450 S. Wasson Ln., No. 72, is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charge at 10 a.m. Monday, July 27. The charge stems from an incident in the evening hours on June 19 when River Falls police were notified of a male walking in the street with no shirt and shoes, and with only black shorts near the River Falls Motel.
A Spring Valley woman who was found guilty of battery to a police officer in March is now looking at two additional felony charges. Tally A. Rowan, 33, who is currently awaiting sentencing for battery and other misdemeanors in September, was charged earlier this month with two counts of battery or threat to a judge.
ELMWOOD--Paul Blanford and the Elmwood School District were a perfect match for each other. Blanford was seeking the opportunity to return to a smaller school after a year as Black River Falls' superintendent. Elmwood was looking for an elementary/middle/assistant high school principal due to the resignation of Jon Hinzman, who left to become middle school principal for the Baldwin-Woodville School District. The two came together, as Blanford started July 1.
Donna Morgan is an animal lover. "I can't watch a movie when an animal is being killed," she explained. One night, Morgan had her television on to the popular "America's Most Wanted." It was showing footage of a K-9 going into a crime scene and, although she didn't want to, the curiosity of what happened next drew her in. The result was the suspect shooting the dog, killing him and leaving that implant in Morgan's mind. "I couldn't sleep that night," she said.
Nicholas Christiansen was caught up in the gang life of the Twin Cities staring at a bleak future. The ray of light came when he was introduced to the sport of boxing. "It got me out of trouble," he said. "It taught me self-discipline plus being in shape makes you feel good about yourself." Christiansen has trained for the last year out of the Hastings (Minn.) Boxing Academy. Next month, the 16-year-old Ellsworth native will find himself in a spot he never thought possible when he was in the gang world: competing in the World Ringside Boxing Tournament, Aug.
PLUM CITY--Recent announcements from Madison will affect the Plum City School District in many ways. First is the elimination of the QEO (Qualified Economic Offer), which allowed districts to limit teacher salary increases to 3.8 percent without arbitration. Next, the state budget recently passed includes a provision state aid is being reduced by 3.1 percent, but a revenue cap increase of $200 per pupil was announced. The school district fared a lot better when it came to grants. As announced by State Rep.