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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Bob Lannan feels at home when he's outdoors. "I've loved it since I was a baby," he said. "It's my preferred habitat." For over 40 years, Lannan has made the outdoors his profession - first as a forester in Michigan for over 30 and then the last 11 as a surveyor, with eight of those as the county surveyor for Pierce County. Nonetheless, Lannan felt the time was right and announced his retirement, effective this Friday. "I'm 68-years-old," he said. "And I figured if I wanted to do something else, I better do it now. "This has been the best job I've ever had.
BAY CITY -- Troy Doose misses the simple things a healthy person takes for granted. Walking a block without passing out, remembering things without having to write them down, not always feeling exhausted or worrying that a cold or a cough could kill him. Those have been some of the related effects he's dealt with after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy with acute systolic heart failure in 2007. "It's been hard giving up my everyday life," he said. The 41-year-old Bay City native has had two heart attacks in the last five years.
PLUM CITY--Staff reduction was one option the Plum City School Board faced in trying to curb a projected $300,000 deficit for the 2009-10 school year. Last week, the board went that way, issuing six layoff notices--one final and five preliminary. The final notice went to Nancy Wellington, who taught Spanish at 40 percent in the district.
A Beldenville man was sentenced Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two years probation for felony theft. Gerald A. Langer, 56, was originally facing two felony thefts--one for $2,500-$5,000 and the other for over $10,000--from separate incidents. As part of the plea agreement, the $2,500-$5,000 case was amended to a misdemeanor. The two years probation was also the sentence for the misdemeanor theft and those terms will run concurrent with each other. He is also required to pay restitution on both cases, with the exact amounts to be determined.
The Pierce County Board has had a vacancy since last month, when Supervisor Bill Gilles died suddenly at age 48. Tuesday, the board approved the recommendation of having Board Chair Paul Barkla appoint a candidate to fill Gilles' seat, to gain board action by the May meeting. The board was presented with two options, either the appointment or go with a special election.
PRESCOTT--Candiss DelCastillo started Walks and Wags Pet Service in Prescott staring into the unknown. "Three years ago, no one knew who I was," she said. "Now, I have credibility and a good reputation throughout town as a dog trainer." That can be partly attributed to the decision to broadcast four television shows on local cable access television. "Our objective was to get the information out to more people rather than one-on-one or group classes," she explained.
A former county man pled guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of child pornography. Allen C. Clausen, 46, now of St. Paul, formerly of River Falls, will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Monday, June 1. The charges stem from an incident last November, according to the criminal complaint. Clausen arrived home from work, and was met by River Falls police and agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). They informed him he wasn't under arrest; they just wanted to talk to him about a couple of matters.
A Plum City man was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with possession of child pornography, a Class D felony that carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 25 years prison, if found guilty. Luke J. Hofmeister, 28, W1266 355th Ave., will have his next court appearance 10:15 a.m.
Three individuals were charged in Pierce County Circuit Court Monday with multiple drug charges, with the most serious being manufacturing methamphetamine in presence of a child. Mark O. Butler, 36, Red Wing, Melissa M. Schlichting, 28, Lake City, and Jaimie N. Tri, 28, Hager City, have all been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine in presence of a child. Butler and Schlichting were also charged with resisting an officer, while Tri also got possession of controlled substance and maintaining a drug trafficking place.
It's hard for any person to say no if given the opportunity to work in a field they are passionate about. Caralynn Hodgson was faced with that choice. While loving her job as Pierce County Public Health Director, she was given an opportunity to go back to a specialty - Home Care work. "I didn't know if an opportunity like this would come up again," she said. "Being a nurse, Home Care is what I love to do." Passions won out, as starting Monday Hodgson will be the Home Care Supervisor for Polk County. "It is my first love," she said. "It was a matter of things falling into place.