Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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A Bay City man was placed Monday on three years probation and sentenced to 30 days jail for causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity. Tony Peterson, 35, learned his fate during a hearing in Pierce County Circuit Court. Peterson was originally charged with three felony counts of causing children to view or listen to sexual activity along with three misdemeanor counts of exposing genitals to children. All three misdemeanor charges and one of the felony charges were dismissed in November.
In less than a hour, the Ellsworth Village Board covered a variety of topics during its monthly meeting Monday. Among the following: Heard Zoning Administrator's Greg Engeset annual report for 2007. Seven new construction permits were issued, with three being single houses and four being town homes. Engeset said a couple years ago they had about 40-45, but a decline in new construction houses has been shown throughout the area. Heard from Library Board representative Curt Wandmacher that Amy Klous had resigned from the Board and that Sue Palmquist was appointed to replace her.
When Bob Rhiel first started with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in 1984, he received advice he still carries with him to this day. "Terry DuBois said that even though you have a gun and carry a badge, you get up the same way everyone does and you put your pants on the same way everyone does," he said. "His message was that you're no different than anyone else, as we all have our bad days, so don't you forget it." It was one of many pieces of advice DuBois gave Rhiel that he used in his 24-year career with the Sheriff's Department that ended Friday.
STOCKHOLM - Joe Engesser considers himself a lucky man. Since 1992, he has been a corrections officer for the Dakota County Sheriff's Department in Hastings, Minn. "I'm grateful I have a good paying job," he said.
PRESCOTT -- Anne Kerfoot was a teacher for 26 years, including 20 at Westside Elementary School in River Falls. She bounced around the different grade levels, but there was one constant. "I have always been interested in children's art, as they illustrated the things they studied," she said. Once she retired in 1990, Kerfoot was able to spend more time on another interest--the Great River Road. Kerfoot explained she and husband Jim are avid canoeists and usually love to launch near the Red Wing bridge as they travel down river.
The investigation into recent accidents in which four people lost their lives has revealed few surprises so far. The use of seat belts was a factor, especially in the Brian O'Keefe and Mark Anderson accidents. According to Sgt. Tom Gunderson of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, who is in charge of investigating both accidents, Anderson wasn't wearing his seat belt when he lost control of his Chevrolet truck on 810th Street in the Town of Trimbelle, around 2:48 a.m., Jan. 20. The truck then overturned, with Anderson still in the vehicle.
Mary LeMay was faced with a difficult decision. For over 20 years, she had operated two therapeutic massage centers in North Dakota, including one out of her home in Glen Ullin. However, LeMay was feeling torn because eight to nine hours away in the Ellsworth and Red Wing area is where her mother, daughter and son-in-law along with grandchildren resided.
The facts on radon are scary. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it's the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and nearly 20,000 people will die in 2008 due to breathing too much radon without even knowing it. For these reasons and much more, January has been designated as National Radon Action Month. So what is exactly is radon? It's a radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It enters homes through foundation cracks and then gets into the air one breathes. What makes it worrisome is it can't be seen or smelled.
Once a snowstorm falls, most people dread the sight because, along with the cold weather, traveling in an automobile sometimes becomes often unbearable or even not advised.
BAY CITY - Stacy Wood and Mandi Gadient couldn't believe it. The two daughters of Mary Jo Truttman stood in amazement Saturday as the benefit for their mother was going on at Mike's BayTown Bar and Grill. "What the community has donated has been unbelievable," Stacy said. "Our extended family has put a lot of time in making this benefit work. Everyone's been wonderful." Truttman was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation.