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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Christmas Eve won't be the only night when Santa Claus will make an appearance in Pierce County. Over the next two weeks, Santa is scheduled to make stops in Ellsworth, Prescott, Spring Valley, Plum City, Elmwood, Maiden Rock and Stockholm. The following is information about each city's plans, in addition to Santa's visit, along with what some area businesses have planned to celebrate the holiday season. Ellsworth After years at the American Legion, Santa will now stop at Pamida in Ellsworth Dec. 13.
The second of two men charged for their role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) in Hager City last May was sentenced to three years probation. Michael K. Schumann, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Judge Robert Wing. "He's had no alcohol or drug problems which is unusual in cases like these," said Wing, explaining his sentencing, which included no further jail. "He has his GED and a history of steady employment." Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB.
David Till had already been deployed to Iraq once. He knew a second deployment was possible. "I knew this could happen," Till, Pierce County's Veterans Service Officer (VSO), said. "It's my job. It's what I do." The orders became official last month and Till, a sergeant first class with the HHC 1-128 of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, will be deployed right after the new year. He'll arrive in Iraq at the end of April and depart in February 2010. He figures he'll be back in the VSO office in March 2010.
Over a thousand deer were harvested in Pierce County during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun-deer season. While a majority of those were taken down by shotgun, or a rifle, one particular deer lost the battle versus a car. Pierce County Sheriff's Department Dispatch received a call about 3:30 p.m. Sunday about a car, driven by Amy Binkowski of River Falls, deer collision near W7270 State Highway 65 in Beldenville. Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and found the deer in bad shape.
PRESCOTT -- Chris Falteisek has been a church accompanist for over 30 years, has performed in five U.S. states, in addition to three concerts in Norway, and has recorded 14 albums. For all those successes, his latest project might be the most personal to him. "Remembering," a musical celebrating the lives of Nancy and Candace Simon, will be presented at 7 p.m. next Monday at St.
As one goes back for their second or third helping of turkey on Thursday, the question has probably been asked more than once -- what do we really know about turkeys? First, there are multiple kinds of turkeys. The one that is traditionally seen in Thanksgiving dinners are the broad-breasted white, one of the most commonly grown turkeys. The broad-breasted white is a domesticated turkey, meaning it's a large poultry bird raised for food. The broad-breasted white is faster, but heavier than its brethren.
Tami Langer was elected the 2009 Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Thursday night during the organization's annual dinner at the Spring Valley Banquet Hall. Langer, branch manager for M&I Bank in Ellsworth, was vice-president this year. Peggy Nelson, Village of Ellsworth Clerk/Treasurer, was elected as vice-president. Laurie Cox, chamber coordinator, will be secretary, while Joanne Gulbranson of Jo-Jo's Jewelry was elected to another year as treasurer. Attorney Lars Loberg and Ellsworth Schools Superintendent Barry Cain were elected to the board of directors.
EL PASO -- Ramona Schneider said it felt like she won the lottery. The El Paso resident wasn't talking about a big win at a casino or having a set of numbers bounce her way. No, Schneider was referring to something bigger, as last month she received a new kidney. "I feel really lucky," she said. "I'm so thankful I got a transplant. I didn't think I'd get one this soon." Schneider underwent the successful transplant Oct. 6 in Madison. Her recovery went so well she was home Oct.
For the second time in two months, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department has busted another large marijuana operation in the county. And this time, it has also come with an arrest. Mario Cuevas-Alvarez, 31, was arrested Monday in a wooded area in the Town of Salem. He was apprehended and taken to the Pierce County Jail where he was booked in for manufacturing marijuana. Investigator Mike Waltz explained that on Saturday, a person scouting hunting spots came upon that location and notified the Sheriff's Department.
A Spring Valley man was charged last month in Pierce County Court with felony theft. Peter J. Flanigan, 34, is accused of taking over $10,000 during a four-year span. If found guilty, Flanigan faces a maximum penalty of $25,000 dollars and/or 10 years prison. His next court appearance is a Nov. 24 preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, a Maiden Rock man hired Flanigan to install heating and air conditioning in a house. Between Sept.