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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ELMWOOD -- The Elmwood School District wanted a smooth transition when Superintendent Barry Rose announced his resignation in February, effective June 30, to become Cumberland's superintendent. Mission accomplished, as Adam Zenner, who is presently Elmwood's elementary, middle and assistant high school principal, was approved last month by the Elmwood School Board as the new superintendent and high school principal, starting July 1. Zenner explained that, once he heard the position was open, he received support from the staff and school board to apply. However, he wanted to make sure it was
Sometimes the greatest inspiration can come in the most unexpected of places. Scotty Roberts would often regale his young twin daughters with the story of a medieval Scottish mouse, originally named William. The daughters wanted to see a drawing of William, so Roberts and the two of them played around one day. Eventually, William turned into a rabbit, named Tam O' Hare, and it was decided to change his ancestry from Scottish to Irish. Along with the stories he had told, Roberts was onto something. "I had the cover even before I wrote a word," he said.
The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its second annual Spring Fling Expo from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. this Saturday at the Ellsworth High School Gymnasium. The goal of the expo, which is free to the public, is to provide an opportunity for local businesses/organizations to showcase the variety of products and services available in Ellsworth.
Area residents are invited to the T-Bar at 8 p.m. this Friday for a chance to go to Las Vegas later on this summer. All they have to do is play the game Rock, Paper, Scissors. The popular hand game which has been used in the past as a selection method similar to coin toss or drawing straws has been turned into a national league. The T-Bar, located on Hwy. 10, east of Ellsworth, is one of nine preliminary sites for the Bud Light National Rock Paper Scissors Championship. The winner from the T-Bar advances to the regional championship April 26 at the Stout Ale House in Menomonie.
A judge has dismissed the case of misconduct becoming a police officer against former Prescott police officer Brad Woletz. Woletz, 37, was charged last December with misconduct by falsifying a police report. It stems from an incident in March 2007 that led to his termination in May from the Prescott Police Department.
For some, March 17 is just another day on the calendar. For Rich O'Connell, the day means so much more. O'Connell, who owns Compass Financial Services, LLC, in Ellsworth, comes from Irish ancestry. Therefore, March 17, which is known as St. Patrick's Day, honoring the patron saint of Ireland, has always been a special day in the O'Connell family. "I'm 100 percent Irish," he said. "I always joked if I had a cut or laceration, my blood runs green." O'Connell grew up in Waverly and graduated from Spring Valley High School. He went on to attend UW-River Falls and got his degree in teaching.
The first three years of a child's life are the most important in terms of development in whether they can learn, move, communicate, relate with others or do the daily tasks needed each day. If a child is delayed or has a disability that hinders or makes them unable to do any of those tasks, federal legislation was passed in the 1970s to provide services for those who needed it. The legislation made its way down to the state level and, by the mid 1980s, it was mandatory nationwide. In Pierce County, the name of the program is called Birth to 3.
Spring Loberg was getting the oil change done on her vehicle recently when a friend noticed the name of her business, Town and Country Staging, LLC., on it. "He said 'staging'," she remembers. "What is staging?" Staging, as Loberg explained to her friend, is the depersonalization of a house. It's part of the real estate industry, not decorative. "It's my job to make sure the furniture in every room is to scale with the room, that it all works together and what the buyer sees makes a lasting impression," she said.
Mary Duerkop developed a fondness for Pierce County. "She loved history and she loved Pierce County," said son Larry. Added Bill, another son: "When we would go on rides (in the county), she'd point out everything. Who lived where and what they did." When Mary died in 2006, Larry and Bill, along with their sister Patty, were going through her mother's belongings and found a Pierce County Atlas that was dated from 1908. "We wanted to have our mother's memory preserved," Larry said, as the trio stopped by the Herald office to donate the atlas to the Herald.
A debate over whether Ultimate Fighting should be in Ellsworth was the main topic of village board discussion Monday. Broz Bar had scheduled a street dance for 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. July 12-13. Owner Jason Marks came to the board, requesting the starting time be advanced two hours so an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event can be held before the dance.