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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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.
HAGER CITY -- Three months to the day after an accident that changed his life, a benefit will be held for Adam Swanson at The Woodshed in Hager City. The benefit, which Swanson plans to attend, starts at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday. A silent auction will run from 3:30-7 p.m. Adam's father, Larry, will prepare a spaghetti dinner that will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. The bands "Bluzn" and "Saving One," for which Adam was a founding member, take the stage at 8 p.m. On Nov.
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.
The Prescott Chamber of Commerce held its 29th annual dinner Tuesday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls. "It was a phenomenal year to work with you," said outgoing Chamber President Char Magee of Prescott Insurance, highlighting the accomplishments in 2007. The chamber announced its award winners for the year, including Cernohous Chevrolet as Business of the Year, new Chamber President Cindy Boggess from M&I Bank as its Member of the Year and Neil Durhman of North Acres as its Citizen of the Year. Outgoing chamber board members Michael Schindler of Premier Mortgage, Rev.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.