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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There are many traditional signs of spring, including the return of leaves on trees, rivers and lakes being ice-free or the migration of animals such as a robin or the bald eagle. Around Pierce County, another sign spring has sprung is the sound of hundreds of motorcycles cruising down Hwy. 35. That's because for the 43rd year, the Spring Flood Run is scheduled for this Saturday. The run will begin at 8 a.m. from The Beach Club at Lake St. Croix Beach, Minn., and will make its way into Prescott about 10:30 a.m. The first flood run was in 1965, going down Minn. Hwy.
Last month's Ellsworth Village Board meeting was the opening act in a debate over whether ultimate fighting would be allowed in the village. Monday night was the main event, as an ordinance was on the agenda to prohibit the sport on any village-owned property or premises. It all started last month as Jason Marks, owner of Broz Bar, came to the board asking for a time change on a street dance July 12, so he could have ultimate fighting before the dance. The request was denied.
It is a ritual that people have probably done hundreds of times. After a long winter (especially like this one), people get in the mood to do some cleaning to their house, whether inside or outside. Upon cleaning, if one comes upon household items such as pool chemicals, glue and disinfectants and they no longer have a use for them, a solution can be found. Locally, the crew at the Pierce County Solid Waste/Recycling Center will gladly take those items and more as part of its annual spring clean sweep set for 8 a.m.-12 p.m. April 19 at its location, 707 N. Maple St.
Sunday nights at Furlong's Grill and Saloon, the following question can be heard throughout the Ellsworth bar: "Deal or No Deal?" For the last month, the tavern has run "Deal or No Furlong's Deal?", their version of the popular game show currently seen on broadcast television. The saloon got the idea from Steven Hamilton, who runs an entertainment business out of the Twin Cities.
Amy Johnson thought it would be a good idea to teach her youngest daughter, Brittan, age eight, to ride horses this summer. Brittan had other ideas. "She said, 'Mom, I'm not a horse rider, I'm a wrestler'," Amy said.
School referendums in Ellsworth and Plum City were defeated, highlighting the election results within the county April 1. The Ellsworth referendum, which was asking for $950,000 a year, starting in 2008-2009 and ending in 2013-14, was defeated by a 877-595 vote. Meanwhile, Plum City, who was asking for $350,000 a year, starting next year and ending in 2010-2011 was defeated by a 747-98 vote. In a surprise, both Plum City school board incumbents, Mark Sweeney and Shirley Gilles were defeated. Challenger Kurt Henn led with 587 votes, while write-in candidate Andy Wieser had 578.
SPRING VALLEY -- John and Jennie Bazille have been around farming all their lives and seen the industry go through many up and down phases. With the current trend of rising expenses forcing many farmers out of the business, the brother and sister wanted to do their part in helping to curb that. Their contribution is the opening of B&B Supply, a general store that carries farm and non-farming supplies. The store is located on Hwy. 63, across from the Red Barn. "This store has everything," said Jennie. "The concern is for small farmers and 4-H children who need to travel long distances.
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.