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An Ellsworth man was charged Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with battery of a police officer, a Class H felony, that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 dollars and/or six years prison if found guilty. James E. Peterson, 75, 200 N. Northview, will make his first court appearance on the charge 10:30 a.m. March 23 for a preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Jean Spletstoser went to visit a tenant of Peterson's on Feb. 15.
An area man was sentenced last week in Pierce County Circuit Court to three years probation after pleading guilty to one count of forgery. Timothy J. Rubbelke, 36, was originally charged last May with 13 counts of forgery, along with two counts of misdemeanor fraudulent credit card use. The charges stem from a seven-day span in August 2007, when Tim Henrich of Spring Valley reported his house had been burglarized and a box of checks had been taken.
Over 100 people were in attendance Tuesday for the 30th annual Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce's dinner at the Afton House in Afton, Minn. Outgoing President Cindy Boggess of M&I Bank talked about the chamber's highlights and events in 2008, including the annual dinner, the clean-up on Hwy. 10, the Memorial Day Chicken Feed, golf tournament and hometown holidays. The chamber reached a high of 125 members this past year. "Thank you for your chamber membership," Boggess said.
Todd Andrews grew up in the Boston area, but has called Pierce County home for the last five years. "It was such a culture shock," he said about the initial adjustment. However, the shock wore off quickly, as evident by the following story he likes to tell. Andrews was on the phone with a friend back in Boston and the friend told him he was going to a New England Patriots football game. The friend, however, was complaining about how cold it was going to be. Andrews asked him was the temperature was going to be. "22" the friend replied. "Below?" was Andrews' response.
Feb. 7 was just going to be like every other day for Caroline Cook. "I'm not going to have a whole lot planned," she said. "It's just going to be another day." However, for friends and family, this past Saturday was a cause for celebration for the one they called "Cookie," as she turned 80-years-old. Cookie has worked in Ellsworth for nearly 50 years, as she started as a waitress for Sonny's (now Furlong's) in 1960.
With Valentine's Day coming up Saturday, Feb. 14, there are many ways to thank that special person in your life: flowers, candy, other assorted gifts or song. That's right. Locally, the Croix Chordsmen will send a barbershop quartet Feb. 13-14 to sing for your Valentine, either at their home, office, classroom, restaurant or anywhere you so choose. River Falls native Dick Kelm belongs to one of the six quartets making up the Chordsmen.
The Ellsworth Fire Department was called out to a residence just south of Ellsworth on Monday at around 1:30 p.m. to put out a house fire. The residence is located at N4206 810th St., and records show is currently owned by a L.G. McGregor, however the property is being purchased by Scotty Roberts. According to Roberts, the man he's buying the house from used water from an outside spigot for the horses. However, because the spigot was frozen the man used a torch to thaw it out -- something he had done in the past.
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.
PLUM CITY -- The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament supported by the Plum City Public Library will not be held this year. The library informed the Plum City School District before last week's board meeting they are canceling the event this year due to financial reasons, but it will resume next year. The library's request to use the gymnasium April 3-4 for the tournament was on the board agenda. In other news, the board: --Announced candidates for the upcoming spring election.
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.