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.
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One morning early last week, a hunter was scouring land in the Town of Salem for ginseng. He didn't find any, but he did find another kind of plant. It was the kind of plant most people would not want to find growing on their property. And it didn't stop there. He found another, and then another. Believing he came upon a marijuana ring, the hunter notified the Pierce County Sheriff's Department around 12:30 p.m. a week ago Monday. Investigators rushed to the site, two miles north of Hwy. 10 along the Rush River, or eight miles northwest of the Village of Plum City.
A reason for the recent population growth in Western Wisconsin is those who have lived in the Twin Cities area want something more quieter and relaxing. Paul and Trudi Schaefer fit that description. Only the couple didn't make the move recently; they did it in 1976. "We wanted to raise our children in the country," Trudi explained. "We wanted to do it all by ourselves and we pretty much have." The couple has been married 43 years, and lives on Windbeam Farm, a 40-acre farm between Ellsworth and Red Wing. But these aren't your traditional farmers.
A River Falls man was sentenced Monday to five years prison for sexual assault of a child. Matthew A. Bunnell, 27, 249 Foster St., was sentenced by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. Wing also ordered Bunnell to 10 years extended supervision, along with registering as a sex offender. "This wasn't an isolated incident," Judge Wing said.
A Minnesota man was sentenced to five years prison for his role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) in Hager City in May. Roger B. Bugh, 40, was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. "Confinement is needed to protect the public," Judge Duvall said. "The length of the prison sentence is reasonable to protect the public." Duvall also ordered Bugh to five years extended supervision once his prison term is complete. Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB.
Pierce County Sheriff's Department made their largest marijuana bust in the last 15 years Tuesday in the Town of Salem. They found two main sites where the marijuana was being dried and processed. Investigators believed it was grown within the last week due to how fresh the leaves were. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the owners haven't returned. How much that was found in terms of weight or money won't be known until later this week. For a more detailed story and photos, check the Sept. 17 print edition of the Herald.
Paul Bauer has a simple goal about his tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/General Manager (GM) for the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery. "To keep up the tradition they've established," he said. "They've got a great group of people here that have done a quality job." Bauer started his tenure as CEO/GM last week replacing Ken McMahon who retired after 14 years. The Wausau native's first choice for a career was a veterinarian. However, he didn't like the sight of blood. Bauer, who grew up on a dairy farm, then turned to agriculture.
Chuck Schams has spent the last 10 years working in the masonry repair business and freely admits there's one part of his job that hasn't gotten old. "The owner's satisfaction," he said. "The look on their faces when we're done is astonishing." Schams, an Ellsworth resident since 1991, has a long history in the masonry business. His family used to own a concrete masonry business in La Crosse and Schams was a former manager of a concrete business in Roberts.
PRESCOTT--Deanna Roen received the phone call about a month ago, stating her and her husband Ken were selected Grand Marshals for the Prescott Daze parade this Sunday. As Deanna recalled, she remembered uttering "wow" when she first heard the news and then telling her husband of 47 years he better be sitting down, because you're not going to believe this. A month later, the Roens still seemed stunned by the honor. "We've gotten a tremendous outpouring of support from the community," Deanna said.
Sharlene Kreye explained that, once summer begins, she gets inundated with requests. "They want to know when the block party occurs," she said. "People look forward to it." Since 1998, Kreye has been the coordinator for her neighborhood block party on Kinne Street in Ellsworth. "It's always been an enjoyable time," she said. "We have already set the date for next year." Kreye took over planning duties due to her availability. "It was something people threw around as a nice thing to do," she said.
Nineteen new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop early last week as the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year neared. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Paige Anderson Paige Anderson returns to Western Wisconsin after spending seven years teaching in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson grew up in Gilmanton and graduated from UW-Madison in 2000. At Ellsworth, Anderson will teach ninth grade geography and be a co-advisor for the high school yearbook.