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 was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with arson, a Class C felony bringing a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 40 years prison. Mark A. Nicholson, 33, was charged with intentionally damaging a house he owns, but subject to a mortgage held by Country Wide Bank in Dallas, Tex. His first court appearance on the charge is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department had issued a press release stating they were notified of a house fire at W7250 870th Ave. in the Town of Martell shortly after midnight on June 4.
PRESCOTT -- Thanks to the generosity of the Prescott Foundation, and with the cooperation of the Prescott Emergency Medical Services, the Prescott Police Department had its second patrol car equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator to aid possible heart attack victims. On July 20, that AED was used for the first time and it helped save a life. At approximately 10:14 a.m., Officer C. George Toman was dispatched to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in response to a report of an unconscious person.
PLUM CITY -- Twenty has been a significant number for Jean McDonough. In her two previous jobs, McDonough worked 20 years at both Target and Weiss and Associates. With that in mind, McDonough knew she was nearing the 20-year mark of her current job as Village of Plum City Clerk/Treasurer. "(Village President) Doug (Watkins) wanted me to stay, but I couldn't," she said. "I had reached my 20 years." McDonough's last day is Thursday, with fellow Plum City resident Bonnie Frickson set to replace her the following day.
Al Bauer Sr., was loved and respected by those who knew him. "He was a helping, giving person to those in need," said his widow Robin. "If there was something he could do, he would do it. "He was a very compassionate person." Bauer's life tragically ended in an automobile accident, Nov. 23, 2007, on Hwy. 35, near Diamond Bluff. He was 57-years-old. To help remember the man friends and family called Big Al, a fundraiser is planned in his memory Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 9-10, in Bay City.
Forty-five Ellsworth people experienced a trip of a lifetime earlier this month. No, it wasn't a trip to Walt Disney World. The contingent, made up of mostly youth, spent the week in Idaho painting and providing home repairs to an Indian reservation. The trip was coordinated by English Lutheran Church of Ellsworth.
The success of the Pierce County drug court system has been highlighted by those who have completed the program along with those who have administered it. Tuesday, the system got another endorsement. "Pierce County was one of the earliest counties in the state to use a drug court," said Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who visited the Pierce County Courthouse Tuesday morning. "It takes a lot of planning and training to do it.
Throughout his life, Dave Kidd has been a farrier, an EMT, scuba diver, gunfighter, truck driver, raced cars and a team roper. "I think someone would say I like adrenaline," the 55-year-old said. Kidd's personality could also be described when he took up scuba diving in 1984. "I wasn't content just getting my open water certification," he said. "I wanted to go as far as I could. "I've had no regrets in my life. I've met a lot of wonderful people and had a good time." Farrier Kidd has been a farrier, a specialist who trims horses' feet , since 1971.
PRESCOTT -- Growing up, David Bays didn't hear much about his father Everett's military service in World War II. Except for one event. On Dec. 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, 81 American soldiers were executed by members of the Kampfgruppe Peiper, a German combat unit, near Malmedy, a Belgian municipality. "They're armed with binoculars and charts," Bays said of the American soldiers.
The former Prescott teacher accused of sexual assault learned her fate Wednesday. Anne Knopf, 39, pled guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of second degree sexual assault of a child. As a result, she was sentenced to nine months jail and five years probation. Additional terms include no contact with the victim or any male under the age of 18.
By walking through the Pierce County Fairgrounds last week, two things jump out. One is the quantity of campers/motor homes and the second is seeing license plates of different states such as Oregon, Missouri, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. They all came for one reason. "We all love to dance," said Audrey Boss, of Cloquet, Minn., who has been coming to Ellsworth for its annual Polka Fest for nearly the last 15 years. This year's version was the 33rd edition. "We enjoy old-time music and love to dance," said Tom Elsen from Coon Valley.