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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STOCKHOLM - Mary Logue has been a writer for over 30 years and admits she has suffered writer's block more than once. For a woman who has lived in New York City, France and Belgium, one would never guess that one of the places Logue goes for inspiration is tiny Stockholm. About 20 years ago, she was seeking a place to get away and do some writing.
Charges were filed in Pierce County Court Monday against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting three children. Bruce J. Joelson, 43, St. Paul, faces two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age, Class B felonies, and one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, a Class C felony. The Class B felonies carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison, while the Class C felony penalty is a fine of up to $100,000 and/ or 40 years prison. The criminal complaint reports three incidents in 2004 in the Town of Isabelle.
Those who were eligible to vote in Pierce County Tuesday went to each of their polling places and cast their vote in multiple elections, including president, house of representative and numerous state races. At the same time, that wasn't the only election going on in Pierce County. The five school districts in the county the Herald covers -- Ellsworth, Elmwood, Plum City, Prescott and Spring Valley -- each held a mock election for president. While Barack Obama and John McCain garnered most of the votes, there were a few surprises as well.
PLUM CITY -- It was announced during the Plum City Village Board meeting last week that the Plum City Park lighting has been set for Saturday, Nov. 29. The lighting of the memorial lights will occur, along with a visit from Santa Claus. Memorial lights are still on sale through Friday, Nov. 21, for $3 each and can be picked up at the Plum City branch of the First Bank of Baldwin, Plum City Hardware, the library and the village office.
A Bay City man was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony first degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor battery. Howard R. Hanson, 36, W5590 CTH EE, is looking at a maximum penalty, if found guilty, of $25,000 and/or 12½ years prison for the Class F felony. His next court appearance is a 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch was notified of a one-vehicle rollover Oct. 31 on EE, north of Bay City.
A former Prescott man pled guilty Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two counts of possession of child pornography. Michael D. Condon Sr., 46, also pled guilty to disorderly conduct and OWI in relation to other incidents. He will be sentenced on the pornography charges at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 2009. Condon was initially charged last June with six counts of possession of child pornography. Two were dismissed last July and the additional two were dismissed Friday.
A River Falls father and son were both in Pierce County Circuit Court Friday facing one count of child pornography. Allen and Adrian Clausen, ages 45 and 17, 471 Jefferson St., if found guilty face a maximum penalty of $100,000 and 25 years in prison. Their next court appearance is 1 p.m. Nov. 17 for a preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, around 5:45 p.m.
PRESCOTT -- A Prescott man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court last month with attempted battery of a peace officer, a felony bringing a maximum penalty of $5,000 and/or three years prison. Aaron E. Litscher, 29, 630 Broad St. S. No. 4, has also been charged with resisting an officer and criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, stemming from a September incident in the City of Prescott. He had his first court appearance on the charges Monday. According to the complaint, Prescott police were dispatched to Litscher's address Sept. 26 for a possible domestic.
Vicki Nelson has been around horses nearly all her life. "My first horse was a coal black welsh stallion with white blaze and blue eyes," the lifelong Ellsworth resident explained. "I learned to ride on that little guy and have been riding and showing ever since." While the fondness for that first horse is still evident in Nelson's voice, years later, another one of Nelson's horses almost brings her to tears. "I've been around a lot of horses and a lot of foals, but there's only been one Candy," Nelson said, referring to her Appaloosa Mare, who turned 35 years old in May.