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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A debate on liquor licenses was the main topic of discussion for the Ellsworth Village Board Monday night. Hans McCarthy, Team Leader for Pamida, came before the board with a request for a "Class A" Liquor/Beer license. He told the board Pamida's plans were to sell off-sale beer and wine, with no hard liquor. As a result, he further requested the board amend local ordinance, which calls for a limit of one license per every 2,000 people in the village.
Whether it's individuals, groups or organizations, they all have the same mission in mind: wanting to keep their environment clean. That is the purpose of the Adopt-A-Highway program established in Pierce County since 1995. The Pierce County Highway Department coordinates the program and breaks down the Adopt-A-Highway by two-mile sections for county roads.
SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley School Board reorganized early last week. Eric Turner was voted as president, succeeding Diane Gavic, who didn't seek reelection. Susan Hayes is vice-president, Brian Wang was voted clerk and Allan Faber became treasurer. The other three members of the board are Jim Helmer, Terry Green and Jim Miller.
Whenever the Spring or Fall Flood Run occurs, expect the unexpected. And this year's Spring Flood Run, which occurred April 19, included at least one notable development. However, the unpredicted didn't happen along the Mississippi River. According to an accident report supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Nathan Zignego, 21, Elmwood, left the Waverly Bar parking lot around 5:51 p.m. that day. Zignego backed out of a parking stall and ran into a motorcycle owned by Robert M. Raehsler of Ellsworth.
For as long as Jerry Halvorson can remember, he's had a connection to horses. "The first memory I ever had was being raised on a farm that had horses," he said. "It's been a lifelong thing." Halvorson grew up on farms, as his parents were nomadic farmers between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
HAGER CITY -- When Herman Kreig became the Pierce County Sheriff's Department K-9 Officer in 2004, he had a list of things he wanted done to enhance the department. Near the top of the list was a training facility for "Packer," the department's K-9, in Pierce County because, in the past, K-9 officers would have to leave the county to train. That vision became reality last week as Pierce County, along with other K-9 officers from around the area, helped commission the Pierce County Sheriff's Department K-9 training facility behind the Border Lounge in Hager City. The facility, also known as
PRESCOTT -- Johnny Solomon was searching for a new place to live and settled on San Diego, Calif. With a fully packed car, Solomon was on his quest. A glitch developed: after 15-20 minutes, Solomon realized being in a car for that long would drive him nuts, so plan B came about. Solomon came upon Prescott and found the city to his liking, as he found a home and was able to teach guitar lessons. He also helped out part-time at Strawberry Fields, an eatery that specialized in deli items. When that business closed, Solomon grew intrigued with the location, as cooking besides music was anothe
When Dave Gavin presented his art work at a show in New Richmond a couple of years ago, one of the requirements he had was to give a speech on it. Afterwards, a couple of people were so impressed with Gavin's presentation, they wanted to compliment him on it. "They asked me how many times I said it," the normally quiet Gavin said. "I replied I only said it once." Now, Gavin, a Beldenville resident, gets to do it again, as he and son Jesse's work will be featured at the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center in Prescott for the next seven weeks, starting this weekend.
PRESCOTT -- As a youngster, Gina Citoli didn't like the world around her. "Growing up in the threat of modern war, it seemed to me there had to be a better way," she said. That started her interest in the environment, initially focusing on interests such as herbology and organic foods, but eventually taking it one step further. The results on what she found startled her. "We need to show there is a different way than from what there is now," she said. Citoli is doing her part, as she is presenting "A Cabaret of Consciousness," an one-woman musical,at 2 p.m.
With Ellsworth Village Board membership staying the same after the recent election, few changes were announced at last Tuesday's board organizational meeting. The board approved the following committee recommendations for the 2008-2009 year (*chairperson): Finance, Purchase and Buildings, Curt Wandmacher*, Neil Gulbranson, David Deiss; Health, License and Welfare, Dick Hines*, Rick Sweig, Wandmacher; Public Safety, Gulbranson* (Fire Association rep.), Sweig (Ambulance rep.), Hines; Parks, Recreation, Development, Sweig, Kenny Manfred, Deiss; Salary and Labor, Gulbranson*, Sweig, Hines; Street