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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The most discussed topic for the Ellsworth Village Board Monday night during its hour-long meeting was the debate over the holding pond at Crossing Meadows. Businessman Lonnie Feuerhelm appeared before the board in its October meeting stating there wasn't enough adequate drainage for his lots in the development. "I didn't know about this until three months after I bought this land," Feuerhelm told the Board during that meeting.
A River Falls man pled guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to first degree sexual assault of child. Mark A. Campbell, 36, was originally charged with four felonies stemming from a March 25 incident in the city of River Falls: first degree sexual assault of child, incest with child, exposing child to harmful materials and causing children under 13 to view/listen to sexual activities. Those last three charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. He will be sentenced 8:45 a.m. February 8.
Anne Knopf's second court appearance on Nov. 20 was just as brief as her first. The former Prescott teacher charged with sexual assault of child had a preliminary hearing scheduled for that day. She, however, chose to waive it, thereby shortening the hearing considerably. Her attorney, Fred Bruno, officially entered a plea of not guilty on the charge when asked by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing. Her next court appearance is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Jan.
HAGER CITY - "It's a merger of equal banks with common ideals." Those are the words of Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) President Jeff Oskey used in describing the partnership between White Rock Bank and HNB. BancMidwest Corporation, the parent company of White Rock Bank announced last week they have reached an agreement to acquire HNB with its three locations in Hager City, Maiden Rock and Glenwood City. The agreement still needs regulatory and shareholder approval, which is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter of 2008.
Nineteen months after it occurred, the final defendant in the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen's house pled guilty to crimes associated with the case. Aaron Diercks, 20, pled guilty Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of receiving stolen property, resisting/obstructing an officer and party to a crime. He was placed on probation for two years, along with paying court costs and restitution, which was stated to be $4,050. Diercks, along with Cody Muhlhausen (Everett's son), Randy and Nick Ingli and T.J.
When the Pierce County ATV Association held its first meeting last October, members talked about being patient, as they knew the goal of establishing county trails would take awhile. As the group recently celebrated its first anniversary, that patience is being preached as the association has spent the last few months going to area towns in the county asking for ATVs to be ridden on town roads. "Most townships are welcoming to the idea and want to try the process," explained Tony Brantner, an officer with the ATV Association and a member of its Trail Planning Committee.
Dr. Eugene Jonas retired last week after serving 35 years on the Pierce County Traffic Safety Commission. Commissions are set up in each Wisconsin county to encourage and foster traffic safety activity. Representatives from law enforcement, highway department, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and State Patrol, education, medicine, corporate law, emergency government and the county board are appointed to the commission. Members of the commission conduct traffic safety assessments and field reviews.
Jake Rohl was faced with two opportunities recently he couldn't resist. One was the start-up of his business, Rohl Pump Service. "I had gotten the information a year ago and thought it was a pipe dream at the time," he said. However, things started to change and, by September, he earned his pump installer license, launching the business. "Once I passed, things took off from there," he said. Rohl has been in the well drilling business for the last seven years, spending the last 3?
PLUM CITY -- After three months, life has returned to normal in Plum City. That's because the main street reconstruction project, which has included a new sewer system, is complete. It was announced during the village board meeting early last week two inches of blacktop were recently put down, the last step in the process. An additional two inches will be done in the spring. In other main street activity, the new street lights aren't expected until sometime in December and the new shelter at Spring Pond Park should be done sometime this week.
Most people's hobbies are commonplace like watching sports, scrapbooking, quilting, playing cards, etc... Not Allen Patraw. The Ellsworth resident's hobby is chasing storms. "You can't have a lot of fear," Patraw said, to anyone who ever wants to try it. Patraw has been chasing storms for about the last 22 years.