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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ELMWOOD -- Jason Afdahl was elected as the new Elmwood School Board President at a special board meeting earlier this month. Afdahl succeeds Sue Borgerson, who chose not to seek re-election. Afdahl was vice president last year. Bernie Christman was elected as vice president, while Jennelle Wolf and Steve Thompson were both reelected as clerk and treasurer, respectively. The board welcomed Jeff Riess, as he succeeded Borgerson. He was named a member, along with Jim Maves and Paul Peterson. Riess garnered the most votes in the April 1 spring election.
Don't drink and drive. It's a message generations of youth have heard repeatedly. Friday, junior and senior class members at Ellsworth High School witnessed the consequences of what could happen if they decide to drink and drive. Students arrived to find mock accident scene coordinated by the school's Arrive Alive club. The group aims to help students think ahead with the hope they will make safe and legal decisions relating to drinking and driving a motor vehicle.
HAGER CITY -- Two Minnesota men were arrested early Tuesday morning for burglary and other charges at the Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City. Roger Bugh, 39, Fridley, Minn., and Michael K. Schumann, 42, St. Paul, were taken into custody by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department at about 1:30 a.m. They're currently being held in jail pending their first court appearance, which has yet to be scheduled. At about 1 a.m., Pierce County dispatch received an alarm call from HNB. Members from the sheriff's department arrived on scene, assisted by the Red Wing Police Department.
PRESCOTT - Kate Killian and Paula Weisbeck have seen friends and relatives of theirs affected by breast cancer. The Prescott natives decided to spring into action and do what they can to put a stop to this terrible disease. Their result was a benefit golf tournament which last year raised over $8,000. Year two of "Fight for the Cure" starts 10:30 a.m. this Friday at Clifton Highlands Golf Club, located outside of Prescott. All proceeds from the event will go towards Ann Hart, a cancer survivor and Lindsey Schickling, a Prescott mother and daughter, who will walk in the Susan G.
"Deadbeat Dad." It's a phrase heard often in today's society. It occurs when a couple with children has divorced; the woman is awarded custody of the children and the man is ordered to make monthly child care payments. He, in turn, doesn't, which is how the phrase got its origin. Besides that phrase, how much does anyone really know about child support? First, what exactly is child support? Child Support is a federally mandated program helping families by establishing paternity, along with obtaining and enforcing court orders for medical and child support.
With the weather turning warmer, along with the rising gas prices, Heather Flock wanted something close that her children, Halle, age five, and Kohl, four, could do to get some exercise this summer. "Besides the (Ellsworth) T-Ball program, there are not many other things for children in the area," Flock said. As it turns out, she didn't have to look too far for a solution: herself. As owner of Fitness Influence, Flock is starting a summer youth sports program for area children ages 4-12, from June 2-Aug. 20, with no programs scheduled for June 30-July 6.
A Barron man was charged Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court with 13 counts of forgery, stemming from a seven-day span last August. Timothy J. Rubbelke, 36, was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor fraudulent credit card use. Each of the forgery charges carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison. Rubbelke is scheduled to make his first court appearance 10 a.m. June 2.
A Prescott man has been charged in Pierce County Circuit Court with battery of an elderly person, a felony that brings a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or six years prison, if found guilty. Craig A. Johnson, 54, 616 Hilton St., is accused of striking a 90-year-old man in the face on May 5. His next scheduled court appearance is a 3:15 p.m. May 19 preliminary hearing. According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police responded to Johnson's address on that day and found the victim sitting in the living room, with his face covered in blood.
A River Falls man was charged last month with repeated sexual assault of child. The maximum penalty for this felony is $100,000 and 40 years prison. Matthew A. Bunnell, 26, 249 Foster Street, was accused of committing three or more sexual assaults on a girl, now 15. His next court appearance is 1:45 p.m. May 12 on a pretrial conference. Members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Human Services and River Falls Police interviewed the victim in late March. She described meeting Bunnell for the first time when she was five. He was a family friend.
ELMWOOD -- Jon Hinzman has seen the Elmwood School District through the eyes of a student (1993 graduate) and a teacher (since 2001). Starting next fall, Hinzman will add another level to his Elmwood experience, as he was approved last month by the school board as the elementary, middle and assistant high school principal. Hinzman succeeds Adam Zenner, who was promoted to superintendent/high school principal upon Barry Rose's resignation to accept the Cumberland Superintendent position. "From roaming the halls as a student to now being in charge of them, it's a weird feeling," the 32-year-o