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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PRESCOTT - Voters in the Prescott School District approved a referendum by a vote of 806 (52 percent) to 755 (48 percent) yesterday. It called for whether or not the District could exceed its revenue limit by $1,120,000 for the next four years. This year was the final year of a five-year referendum that called for a $700,000 levy override. As a result, the increase means taxpayers will now pay about an additional $51 for every $100,000 of property value they own, starting with property taxes payable in 2009.
The former Prescott teacher charged with one count of second degree sexual assault of a child made her first court appearance on the charge Monday. Anne M. Knopf, 39, N5820 950th St., Ellsworth, was in court for less than five minutes as she was represented by Fred Bruno of Minneapolis. Knopf waived the request of the reading of the charge listed in the criminal complaint. After that, terms of bail were discussed.
An Ellsworth man was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to five months jail for one count of fourth degree sexual assault and two counts of exposing genitals to children. Gene W. Chilson, 37, N6299 910th St., pled guilty to the three misdemeanors along with entering into a deferred prosecution agreement of three years on a felony charge of second degree sexual assault of child. The charges stem from 2003 incidents in which Chilson was originally charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault of child.
An Ellsworth man was found dead on his rural Plum City woodlot Thursday evening, hours after his family reported that he was overdue coming home. John W. Bierbrauer, 60, 546 W. Kinne St., appeared to have died of natural causes, according to Pierce County Medical Examiner Sue Dzubay. Dzubay said Friday morning that's it probable the death was caused by heart complications. Bierbrauer apparently spent the day clearing brush from property he owns at N1824 150th St.
A four-car accident occurred Friday afternoon at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Crosstown Road. According to information from the Ellsworth Police Department, at 4:09 p.m., all four vehicles were southbound on 65 approaching Crosstown. Vehicles driven by Bryan W. Thompson, 48, River Falls, Catherine Seifert, 43, River Falls and Eric Young, 31, Ellsworth, either slowed or stopped for traffic in front of them as they performed a left turn onto Crosstown. A red Camaro driven by Christopher J.
PRESCOTT - Lori Ryden wanted some form of tribute at the Prescott Police Department in honor of her late husband Jackie. "They're his second family," Ryden said, talking about Jackie, a Prescott Police Officer who died while on duty last September. "I never heard him complain when he went to work.
PLUM CITY - A rural Plum City man died Wednesday morning by taking his own life. Joseph A. Sporrer, 43, was pronounced dead by Pierce County Medical Examiner Sue Dzubay at about 10:30 a.m. His body was found at N3498 150th St. in the Town of Union, where he lived. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said in a press release they believe foul play isn't suspected.
SPRING VALLEY --- As her children were growing up, Regina Sorenson's house never stayed quiet. "Motherhood grabbed me big time," she said. "It was so much fun having all the neighboring children at my place." She added even when her children weren't around, kids still stopped by.
Roger Peterson explained that, when he heard Pierce County was awarded the 2010 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD), he got to thinking. "It would be quite an honor to host it," he said. "It's a great deal that would bring the community together. "So we decided to try it." That enthusiasm, along with other factors, led them to be named the host family for WFTD when it comes to Pierce County July 20-22, 2010, as announced Monday morning. Peterson lives less than two miles outside of River Falls on Hwy.
ELMWOOD--Adam Meyers, Elmwood's police chief, was suspended with pay by the Elmwood Police Committee early this month. The committee isn't stating why the suspension occurred, but Meyers has his thoughts. In e-mail exchanges with the Herald, Meyers believes the one-car accident he was in on Sept. 30 was a contributing factor. At 12:34 p.m. that day, Meyers was traveling westbound on W.