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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pierce County Public Health Department tried multiple solutions over the years in finding quality dental care for those who couldn't afford it. "We did many things over the years, but for low income people, finding dental care was tough," said Lisa Raethke, a nurse with the department. Dentists volunteered their time to place sealants around the county to grade students, but that wasn't enough. "We continued to see the need being out there," she said. Their solution came from a grant courtesy of the St.
ELMWOOD -- It was a chance Barry Rose felt he couldn't pass up. Rose, who has been superintendent of the Elmwood School District for the last six years, was intrigued with the superintendent opening at Cumberland. "In this business, the windows of opportunity are small," Rose explained. "Professionally and family-wise, I thought this was a good opportunity. I jumped on it and it worked out." Rose submitted his resignation to the Elmwood School Board at last week's meeting, effective June 30. He starts at Cumberland July 1. He replaces Don Grothe, who is retiring after 10 years.
Vernon Ellefson likes to stay busy. "I don't like sitting around inside the home," said Ellefson, a retired teacher from the Ellsworth School District. "The hunting seasons are done and I want to stay active and get some fresh air." The 69-year-old's favorite winter activity is ice fishing, something he's done for 60 years. The Illinois native was introduced to ice fishing at age nine by an uncle. He learned how to summer fish even earlier as a grandfather took him cat fishing when he was five-years-old.
PRESCOTT -- One of the biggest misconceptions about Tractor Supply Company (TSC) is the items sold there. "Most people do not know what we sell," said Joe Hines, manager of the Prescott store that will open to the public at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1445 North Acres Rd. in Prescott. Hines should know. He was one of them before joining the company last year. "Everyone hears the name and thinks we're just tractor parts," he said.