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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting this week, the Herald will look a little different. First off is the debut of a new section, titled "Life and Style." It's a section that will have a little bit for everyone: community news, features, area dining and local entertainment. Popular pages such as the kids' page, school news, horizons, society and the church directory are now in Life and Style, along with the addition of Sudoku, the popular number puzzle. Each week, the front of the section will have a feature story, highlighting topics of area interest, as noted by this week's feature on snowmobiling.
Chester Arthur was the U.S. President, "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his first Wild West show, the "Ladies Home Journal" began publishing and there were only 38 states in the union. Locally, another significant event occurred in 1883: the start of the Pierce County Fair. To commemorate the 125th edition this year, which will be held Aug. 7-10, a plethora of activities will be in store. First off, for the next 28 weeks, the fair will be publishing "125 Fun Fair Facts" on the front page of the Life and Style section in the Herald. The first edition will run in this week's paper.
PRESCOTT - After having their fill of 'corporate America' John and Deb Sherman wanted to get away from it all. "We wanted to do a Bed and Breakfast so we can meet people," John explained. "We love to make people happy." Goal accomplished as starting last October the Shermans became owners of The Arbor Inn, located at 434 N. Court St. in Prescott, from Marv and Linda Kangas. "People should get what they paid for," John said, stating one of the Inn's objectives. "If someone wanted RC Cola for breakfast, they'll get RC Cola.
PRESCOTT - With the current struggles of the real estate market, some agents are forced to quit and leave the business entirely. Deanna Marshall isn't one of them. "I've been in the business for eight years and I love real estate," she said. "We've all seen the market go up and down...I've invested too much time to quit." As a result, Marshall, along with Jeremy Boles opened Boardwalk Realty, located in the historic Boardwalk building located in downtown Prescott Jan. 1. "I like being in downtown Prescott," Marshall, a Prescott resident since 1991 said.
The Ellsworth Village Board accepted two employee's resignations Monday during its monthly board meeting. Public Works employee Roger Bjork submitted his resignation due to retirement after 26 years. At the same time, the Board then drafted up criteria and an application for his replacement. Key qualifications, they felt were experience with vehicle maintenance and that the person has to have a CDL license. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Jan. 25.
A theme of amazement rang through the Kenneth Raechke sentencing hearing Thursday morning. The 34-year-old Ellsworth native was being sentenced for two felony counts of receiving stolen property and bail jumping. "He likes to steal stuff for no good reason," said Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, who later mentioned that Raechke's had a court record since 1988, when he was 15 years old. "It's difficult to understand a thief that doesn't have a drug and alcohol history," said Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing.