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.
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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.
PLUM CITY -- The Plum City School Board last week approved a couple of staffing issues for the 2009-10 school year. The board announced the technology education position will be at half-time. The family and consumer education (FACE) classes will be offered between two to three hours per day. Connie Anderson, the current FACE teacher who also taught science, is retiring at the end of the year and the board was informed other teachers will teach FACE classes next year. The board also approved a request to offer rather than provide student insurance for next year.
The 27th annual Ellsworth Fire Department chicken feed will be from approximately noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Ellsworth Fire Hall. Proceeds from the feed will help support the operation of the fire department, as it's their main fundraiser for the year. To show how much the feed has grown over the years, Fire Department Member Tom Bjork explained that, when it started, his father Roger said the goal was to sell around 500-600 chickens. Last year, the number was around 4,700, with this year's goal to top the 5,000 mark.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate its third annual Spring Fling Expo from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ellsworth High School Gymnasium. The goal of the Expo, which is free to the public, is to provide an opportunity for Ellsworth area businesses to showcase their variety of products and services available to the Ellsworth area community.
PRESCOTT -- Community support has made the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott a tremendous success in its history. Saturday, the community came out again as nearly 150 people attended the fourth annual Taste of Freedom, a fundraiser benefiting the Learning Center and Freedom Park. Friends of Freedom Park Board Chair Kris Sampson admitted nervousness before the event, wondering if they'd get the support they've had in previous years due to the economic downturn. "It's been surprising in a good way," she said.
A Prescott man was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two years probation for battery of a police officer. Aaron E. Litscher, 29, was also ordered to serve 15 days jail, along with completing alcohol and drug assessment and domestic violence counseling. The charges stem from an incident last September in which Prescott police were dispatched to Litscher's address for a possible domestic.
PRESCOTT--Kelly Geister loved art growing up, specifically drawing. "When I was younger, my grade school teachers would take my pens away because I always drew on myself," she said. The passion comes from her family, she said, as multiple family members were talented artists. It all starts, Kelly said, with her great-grandmother Ethel, who Kelly remembers would draw the favorite animals of each great-grandchild into pieces of peanut butter. Kelly, meanwhile, fell in love with a particular kind of art.
PRESCOTT --- Ethel Geister attributes her longevity to a series of factors. No alcohol or tobacco abuse. Drinking lots of water and coffee daily. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eating home grown meat most of her life. "Hard work doesn't kill anyone or I would have been gone years ago," she said. "It is a great exercise." A positive outlook on life with a caring and loving attitude. Obeying the Ten Commandments. Those factors helped Geister reach 100 years of age last month.
Robert Hallock of Ellsworth last week won a Budweiser mini-chopper sponsored by the beer company and the Ellsworth Holiday Station Store. He was one of six qualifiers for the drawing. "I'm a Bud Light drinker and, when I saw the sign, I knew it was right up my alley," he said. He admitted astonishment when he was notified. "I said, 'Wow, I can't believe it'," he remembered. "I was pleasantly shocked and surprised." Hallock, who lives outside of Ellsworth, has 11 grandchildren between the ages of six months and 18 years, so he figures the chopper will get a lot of usage.
Around 35 people showed up Monday night at the Seyforth Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds to hear steps on stimulus funding. The guest speaker was Mark Seitz, Aide for Congressman Ron Kind, who spent 45 minutes highlighting the goals of the $780 billion American Recovery and Investment Act (the official name for the stimulus package). "The number one goal of this legislation is job creation," he explained.