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, who initially said he was carjacked, pled guilty to obstructing an officer last week in Pierce County Circuit Court. James R. Williams, 19, 735 S. Wasson Lane, also pled guilty to theft and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to two years probation on all three charges. In lieu of jail, Williams was ordered to participate in the Restorative Justice program on the obstructing charge. The incident started on Dec. 10, when, according to the criminal complaint Williams was admitted to the River Falls Area Hospital for a bullet wound to the left shoulder.
Aaron Nelson has a prediction on how his future will shape up. "The goal is to own my business," the Ellsworth High School senior said. "If I'm in a cubicle, I would hate myself because I am not a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. person. "I'd rather work for myself because I want to be an innovator and a leader." Considering how Nelson's high school career has gone, chances are that goal will become reality. "I have high expectations of myself," he added. One of those expectations was being named class valedictorian, a goal he has accomplished.
Kristen Kannel was sitting in a chemistry class at Ellsworth High School one day when her future came upon her. She saw an excerpt in her chemistry book about pharmacy, and it intrigued her. "I love math and science and I wanted to help people," she explained. "This seemed like a good option for me." Kannel will head off to the UW-Madison to study pharmacy in the fall. But first, the EHS senior as class salutatorian will give a speech at graduation Friday evening. "It's starting to sink in," Kannel said about graduating.
With a brother teaching in New Richmond and a sister who works with youth in Red Wing, Steve Albarado's interest isn't surprising. "I've always enjoyed working with youth," the 14-year Pierce County Sheriff's Department veteran said. "I prefer the elementary because the children are so impressionable and listen to every word you're saying." Albarado will get his chance to work with elementary kids when he steps into the county's Drug Abuse Resistance Education position in October. "For as long as I've been employed here, I hoped that my career would take me to the D.A.R.E.
ELMWOOD -- Jason Afdahl was elected as the new Elmwood School Board President at a special board meeting earlier this month. Afdahl succeeds Sue Borgerson, who chose not to seek re-election. Afdahl was vice president last year. Bernie Christman was elected as vice president, while Jennelle Wolf and Steve Thompson were both reelected as clerk and treasurer, respectively. The board welcomed Jeff Riess, as he succeeded Borgerson. He was named a member, along with Jim Maves and Paul Peterson. Riess garnered the most votes in the April 1 spring election.
Don't drink and drive. It's a message generations of youth have heard repeatedly. Friday, junior and senior class members at Ellsworth High School witnessed the consequences of what could happen if they decide to drink and drive. Students arrived to find mock accident scene coordinated by the school's Arrive Alive club. The group aims to help students think ahead with the hope they will make safe and legal decisions relating to drinking and driving a motor vehicle.
HAGER CITY -- Two Minnesota men were arrested early Tuesday morning for burglary and other charges at the Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City. Roger Bugh, 39, Fridley, Minn., and Michael K. Schumann, 42, St. Paul, were taken into custody by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department at about 1:30 a.m. They're currently being held in jail pending their first court appearance, which has yet to be scheduled. At about 1 a.m., Pierce County dispatch received an alarm call from HNB. Members from the sheriff's department arrived on scene, assisted by the Red Wing Police Department.
PRESCOTT - Kate Killian and Paula Weisbeck have seen friends and relatives of theirs affected by breast cancer. The Prescott natives decided to spring into action and do what they can to put a stop to this terrible disease. Their result was a benefit golf tournament which last year raised over $8,000. Year two of "Fight for the Cure" starts 10:30 a.m. this Friday at Clifton Highlands Golf Club, located outside of Prescott. All proceeds from the event will go towards Ann Hart, a cancer survivor and Lindsey Schickling, a Prescott mother and daughter, who will walk in the Susan G.
A Barron man was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with 13 counts of forgery, stemming from a seven-day span last August. Timothy J. Rubbelke, 36, was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor fraudulent credit card use. Each of the forgery charges carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison. Rubbelke is scheduled to make his first court appearance 10 a.m. June 2.
With the weather turning warmer, along with the rising gas prices, Heather Flock wanted something close that her children, Halle, age five, and Kohl, four, could do to get some exercise this summer. "Besides the (Ellsworth) T-Ball program, there are not many other things for children in the area," Flock said. As it turns out, she didn't have to look too far for a solution: herself. As owner of Fitness Influence, Flock is starting a summer youth sports program for area children ages 4-12, from June 2-Aug. 20, with no programs scheduled for June 30-July 6.