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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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.
A county woman was found guilty Thursday by jury in Pierce County Circuit Court of battery of a peace officer, obstructing an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol content. The battery is the lone felony charge. Tally Rowan, 33, formerly of Prescott, who now lives in Spring Valley, was found guilty of those charges as the jury deliberated for about an hour.
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.