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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PRESCOTT - When Herb Kohl thought of running for the U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin in 1988, he initially didn't think too highly of his chances. "When the job opened up, I didn't think I was a willing candidate," he said. Nonetheless, Kohl won the seat that year and has been elected to three six-year terms since, including last year, when he easily defeated Robert Lorge. Besides being a U.S.
ELMWOOD - In its first year, the Elmwood Middle School Lego League team has achieved quite an honor. The team, sponsored by OEM Fabricators out of Woodville has qualified for the State FLL (First Lego League) meet to be held this Sunday at Appleton East High School. Elmwood qualified for state by placing 8th in the regional meet Nov. 9 in Menomonie.
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.
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.
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?