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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A River Falls man pled guilty Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to repeated sexual assault of child, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of $100,000 and 40 years prison. Matthew A. Bunnell, 27, was accused of committing three or more sexual assaults on a girl, now 15. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. According to the criminal complaint, the first alleged sexual contact occurred when Bunnell and the victim, who was 14, were on a camping trip. The two then had sexual relations for the first time at the girl's house in River Falls.
The countdown is on for organizers of the 2010 Farm Technology Days, as the event will be coming to Pierce County in two years. Farm Technology Days, Inc., a non-profit organization, has held Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD) since 1954. It's billed as the "largest outdoor show moving from county to county in North America." The Roger and Beverly Peterson farm, located on Hwy. 29 outside of River Falls, will host the 2010 edition, scheduled for July 20-22, 2010. An estimated 1,400-1,600 volunteers is needed to help serve on the 21 committees.
PRESCOTT -- For the last six weeks, guests of the Prescott Historical Society have seen a fresh and unique perspective to the Iraq War. The PHS has been running an exhibit called "Private Soldiers: A Year in Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard Unit," in which three members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2-127th Infantry Battalion chronicled their deployment in Iraq from 2004-2005. In conjunction with the exhibit, the PHS is inviting all area military personnel and families who have served to a reception from 1-4 p.m.
PRESCOTT - David Bunn found his calling at an unique time in his life. Bunn was home for Christmas from his freshman year in college at Mankato State University (MN) when he met up with his aunt, Kathryn. David noticed a large pile of Christmas cards Kathryn had gotten and asked her where they came from. Kathryn, who was in the education field, responded the cards were from former students thanking her for being an inspiration to them. "Before then, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but after seeing that, the light bulb went on," David explained.
A 46-year-old man who has been a Pierce County fugitive for over two months was arrested in Minneapolis last week, the Prescott Police Department announced. Michael D. Condon Sr., River Falls, was arrested on 2 p.m. June 24 in Minneapolis by members of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department Fugitive Task Force following a joint investigation into his whereabouts by the task force and the Prescott Police Department.
As the United States prepares to observe its 232nd birthday Friday, our nation's military deserves credit for helping achieve this celebration. And even though their military service may be done, those who have served still give back to their community and country by being a member of the American Legion or Veterans for Foreign Wars (VFW). Eligibility for the two groups is simple, yet complex. For the American Legion, it's open to anyone who has served in a military branch (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force) under wartime period and who has also been honorably discharged.
Four adults and three children were taken to River Falls Area Hospital at around 1:40 p.m. Sunday after they were involved in a two-car accident in Pierce County. Officials with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported that Amanda Webster, 27, Spring Valley, was driving a 2007 Pontiac south on Pierce County J when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the centerline and then collided with a northbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Brian Westenberg, 53, Apple Valley, Minn.
MAIDEN ROCK -- The Ed Daleiden family of Maiden Rock has been recognized on both the county and state level in the past for their achievements in regard to farm conservation. Now, this Friday, they'll be showing the secrets of their success, as state officials along with the public will get a tour of the Daleiden farm, along with tours of the Maiden Rock Watershed and Pine Creek, as part of Conservation Observance Day.
SPRING VALLEY -- Area residents who have enjoyed Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" over the years will also enjoy the Steve Thompson and Friends variety show starting at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 27-28, at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre. Thompson, an Elmwood resident and a a musical devotee who has played numerous times at the theatre in past years, said he was asked by area residents to see if he could organize a variety show. "The variety is going to be amazing," he said.
HAGER CITY -- Paul Larson explained his latest business venture is about entertainment. "I wanted to do something that was a little different," he said, talking about his inspiration for Hog's Valley Flea Market, which he started last month. "I also wanted it to help the public and make it fun to do." The Flea Market is located where Larson's main business, P.I.G. (Paul's Industrial Garage), is located, on Hwy. 35 near Hager City. Times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the market lasting until the end of August.