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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As the United States prepares to observe its 232nd birthday Friday, our nation's military deserves credit for helping achieve this celebration. And even though their military service may be done, those who have served still give back to their community and country by being a member of the American Legion or Veterans for Foreign Wars (VFW). Eligibility for the two groups is simple, yet complex. For the American Legion, it's open to anyone who has served in a military branch (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force) under wartime period and who has also been honorably discharged.
Four adults and three children were taken to River Falls Area Hospital at around 1:40 p.m. Sunday after they were involved in a two-car accident in Pierce County. Officials with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported that Amanda Webster, 27, Spring Valley, was driving a 2007 Pontiac south on Pierce County J when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the centerline and then collided with a northbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Brian Westenberg, 53, Apple Valley, Minn.
MAIDEN ROCK -- The Ed Daleiden family of Maiden Rock has been recognized on both the county and state level in the past for their achievements in regard to farm conservation. Now, this Friday, they'll be showing the secrets of their success, as state officials along with the public will get a tour of the Daleiden farm, along with tours of the Maiden Rock Watershed and Pine Creek, as part of Conservation Observance Day.
SPRING VALLEY -- Area residents who have enjoyed Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" over the years will also enjoy the Steve Thompson and Friends variety show starting at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 27-28, at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre. Thompson, an Elmwood resident and a a musical devotee who has played numerous times at the theatre in past years, said he was asked by area residents to see if he could organize a variety show. "The variety is going to be amazing," he said.
HAGER CITY -- Paul Larson explained his latest business venture is about entertainment. "I wanted to do something that was a little different," he said, talking about his inspiration for Hog's Valley Flea Market, which he started last month. "I also wanted it to help the public and make it fun to do." The Flea Market is located where Larson's main business, P.I.G. (Paul's Industrial Garage), is located, on Hwy. 35 near Hager City. Times are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the market lasting until the end of August.
Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee. Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before new royalty will be chosen. The 2008 coronation will take place during the Cheese Curd Festival pageant scheduled for June 26. Ashton Gusa, the former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth. The committee informed the Herald Monday afternoon of the reasons for dismissal.
Ninety-eight years ago, an American tradition was established in Spokane, Wash. Sonora Smart was 16-years-old when her mother, Ellen, died in childbirth having her sixth child in 1898.
A national event will be in Ellsworth later this month as the eighth annual 2008 North American South Devon Junior Nationals will be coming to the Pierce County Fairgrounds June 19-21. The South Devon is a breed of beef cattle that first originated from the counties of Devon and Cornwall in Southwest England, where they have been a distinct breed since the 16th Century. The first South Devons came to the United States in 1969 and 1974.
Whenever Kevin Grant would walk into a retail-based coffee house, a feeling of dislike would come over him. Grant never felt comfortable and relaxed in those places, as he felt it was more of an assembly line--receiving your order and getting you out the door for the next one. "I wanted a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere; a place where people could read a book and play on the computer," Grant explained. He created his goal with the Gathering Place, which recently opened up in the North Acres Business Development in Prescott. It was a matter of connections that led him to Prescott.
Festive, fun and family. Those three words and more describe what organizers hope guests will get from the first annual Panther Open June 13-14 in Ellsworth. The Open is sponsored by the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation, whose mission is to enrich and enhance education through private funding. "We wanted to get more people involved from the community," said foundation member Steve Hinck, as the open replaces the art auction on the foundation's schedule.