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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Chad Johnson was very happy in his job as project manager for Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. However, when he heard Pierce County was looking for a new highway commissioner, he realized it wouldn't hurt to explore his options. "I felt this would be a real career opportunity for me," he said, adding positions like these don't come open too often. The opportunity came through, as Johnson was approved by the county board last month.
Recent releases by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) about the workforce in Pierce County show some not too surprising results. The national economic struggles made their way to Pierce County as, from last November to December, the unemployment rate jumped from 4.6 to 5.5 percent. That rate is still below the average rate of the Twin Cities metro area, which includes Pierce County (6.4), a nine-county average made up of Polk, Barron, St.
Dan Washburn started earlier this month as the third store manager of the Ellsworth Pamida since its opening less than a year ago. The turnover is something he plans on changing. "I plan on being the last," he said. "I love the town so far and plan on moving my family here." Washburn, 30, was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in Mora, Minn.
A trial date was set Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court for two men involved in an alleged deer poaching incident from last November. On 8:30 a.m. May 6, a jury trial will hear the cases of Nicholas Thayer, 28, who was charged with hunting a deer during closed season and failure to attach ear tag to deer carcass, and Daniel Place, 27, who also received the failure to attach ear tag charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.