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 with his wife and two daughters.
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PLUM CITY--Kurt Henn was elected as the new president of the Plum City School Board last week. Henn succeeds Todd Glaus. Glaus is stepping down as board president, as he announced he won't be seeking reelection when his term expires next year. Glaus has served on the school board for the last 17 years. Jeff Heit remains as vice-president. Glaus is the new treasurer, succeeding Andy Wieser, who is now clerk. Newcomer Julie Gilles is a director, succeeding Mark Gilles. Glaus was appointed as the CESA-11 representative and Wieser as the WASB delegate.
RIVER FALLS--While the topic of Wednesday's meeting was letting the public know a sex offender would be released into Pierce County, officials who coordinated the meeting had other ideas. "This meeting will be filled with good information," said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove, "so you can better prepare yourself on knowing everyone in your community." "Keep in mind it's not a new phenomena," Jodi Voegeli, Sex Offender Registration Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, told a crowd of about 35 people at the Meyer Middle School Auditorium in River Falls.
This summer will be a busy one at the Pierce County Courthouse. Multiple repairs will be ongoing at the time, among them to the elevator. Renovations are scheduled to begin around late June, said Brad Lawrence, county corporation counsel, and are expected to last around five to seven weeks. Repairs include replacing the hydraulics and controls, rebuilding the elevator cab and realigning the guides and rails.
Staff members of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center can't stop talking about their new offices. "It's been wonderful," said ADRC Manager Kathy Haas. "Before we had part of our staff on different floors, now everyone is under one roof." An open house for the public was held earlier this month so guests could see what the new offices look like. ADRC is now located on the first floor in the Pierce County Office Building, in what used to be a meeting room complex.
ELMWOOD - When Jon Hinzman heard about the vacant Viking Middle School Principal opening for the Baldwin-Woodville School District, he threw his hat in the ring. "I wasn't looking and didn't think a whole lot about it," the current Elmwood Elementary Principal said. After going through the interview process and finding out he was their choice, his thought process began to change. "The chance to work for a larger school and being closer to my family (wife Tera is a teacher at St. Croix Central in Hammond)," he said, explaining his reasoning.
Alexander Ristow is looking forward. "I'm excited for the chance to see and do new things," the Ellsworth High School senior said. "What else is out there besides Ellsworth?" Ristow will get that opportunity as he is heading to Minnesota-Duluth in the fall to study chemical engineering. His high school years will end Friday night when he gives a speech at graduation because he finished as the class salutatorian.
Cordero Roman caught the writing bug at an early age. It started out by writing stories in elementary school. Next, it was poetry. Now, it's the "silver screen" that has caught his attention. "I love movies," the Ellsworth High School senior said. "To see what you wrote come to life with moving pictures." Roman is pursing that goal as he will be heading off to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, to study screenwriting in the fall. Before that, Roman will deliver a speech as Class Valedictorian during Graduation Night. The ceremony begins 7 p.m.
ELMWOOD - The Elmwood School District will be undergoing some building projects in the next few weeks. Among the significant is the installation of security cameras, both indoor and outdoor. "School safety is a big topic and we need to be progressive," Superintendent Adam Zenner said. "It's all about the safety of kids when they're in the building." Along with the installation of cameras, there will also be keyless entries. Zenner added that all projects are progressing and will likely be done by the end of summer.
The economic struggles nationally have made its way to Pierce County in another way. Chrysler, LLC announced today in New York that they are closing 789 dealerships by June 9. Included on that list is Quinn Motors of Ellsworth. "This is a sad time," said an emotional Meghan Quinn Kummer, owner of Quinn. She estimated Quinn have been selling Chryslers for over 80 years. "Chrysler looked at a lot of different criteria that we didn't know about," she continued. "It's more complicated than what everyone knows. "This goes beyond the car dealers.
PRESCOTT -- Dani Monteith, Brandi Huppert and Katie Westberg share a common trait besides all being friends: the trio is fortunate a friend or family member has never been diagnosed with breast cancer. "At some point, one of us is going to be directly impacted by this disease," Monteith said. Instead of not concerning themselves about breast cancer, the three of them decided to take action. They will participate in the Twin Cities stop of the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk Aug. 21-23. The walk is a fundraiser benefitting the Susan G.