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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Connie Shay was seeking a fresh start after 20 years of being a stylist. "I had a lot of my clients tell me that I should start my own business," she said, as Shay had spent the last 15 years working for Great Clips in Cottage Grove, Minn.
It was a move Johnny Solomon felt he couldn't pass up. When Confluence chef Mark McGraw notified Solomon in October his space would become available, Solomon, owner of The Boxcar restaurant since last April, jumped at the chance. "The reasoning was that it would give us a bigger room and a more complete kitchen," Solomon said. Last month, it became official as The Boxcar reopened at 211 Broad St.
A River Falls man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days jail for misdemeanor criminal damage to property in Pierce County Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement. Mark A. Nicholson, 33, was originally charged with arson, a Class C felony. He was also placed on one year probation and ordered to follow through with treatment. The charge stems from a June 4 incident in which the Pierce County Sheriff's Department was notified of a house fire at W7250 870th Ave. in the Town of Martell.
Mother Nature left her mark on Pierce County last week. With temperatures at or around the minus 25 mark, excluding the wind chill, on Thursday and Friday, students in the Ellsworth, Elmwood, Plum City, Prescott and Spring Valley school districts got an unplanned two-day vacation.
Debbie Rustad was a fit person for the first 39 years of her life. "I was so healthy and energetic," she said. "I laid sod; I nearly built a deck by myself. I had tons and tons of energy." All that started to change last July, two months after her 40th birthday. During a self-exam, Rustad found a lump on her left breast. She expressed concern, but due to her family's history -- there's been a history of lumps, but no breast cancer -- the worries faded. Those feelings changed quickly as the lump started getting harder, bigger and more painful.
Wanting to help others is what led Elvin Kulenkamp into a second career. Kulenkamp moved to Pierce County in 1975 from Taylors Falls, Minn., where he grew up. He first started out as a farmer, but that didn't last long. "We had a scanner and you would hear the crash details, and you would sit there waiting, listening for the help to arrive," he explained.
PLUM CITY -- The Plum City School Board last month approved implementing a PreK-12 notification system to start this month. District Administrator Mark Luebker explained it's a telephone and e-mail messaging service used by schools to quickly and effectively communicate important school news to parents.
Chuck Balzer is proud to say he started Pierce County's Long-Term Support 25 years ago when he was first hired. Now, as the calendar turned to 2009, Balzer said he has seen the program change drastically. And based on that, and other factors, he announced his retirement, effective Friday. "I'm going to miss the people -- both the consumers and the clients," he said. "Working for the county and human services has been like a second family. I have nothing but great thoughts about the folks that I work with." Balzer grew up in Red Wing and graduated from UW-River Falls.
A Beldenville man was charged last month in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony theft over $10,000, a Class G felony that brings a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 10 years prison if found guilty. Gerald A. Langer, 56, has his next scheduled court appearance at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, for a pre-trial conference. According to the criminal complaint, an Ellsworth man is alleging Langer entered into a contract with him to build a barn and a lean at the victim's residence for a total of $21,850.
A former Maiden Rock man pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to vehicular homicide by use of a controlled substance. Jeffrey Carlisle, 29, St. Paul, also pled guilty to reckless driving to cause great bodily harm. He will be sentenced on those charges at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9. The charges stem from an April 2007 incident in which Carlisle was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that killed Michele A. Bevier, 42, Prescott. According to the criminal complaint, which was filed in October 2007, Carlisle was driving a 2002 Cadillac Escalade on Hwy.