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Prescott's newest housing development became official last week as Great Rivers Land Development was introduced. Located one mile south of Prescott on Hwy. 35, the development sits on nearly 200 acres that will be used for town homes and single-family homes. According to co-owner Lynn Most, the first phase will be 17 town homes. When the project is completed, it will occupy a total of 450 lots. Most said a model town home should be completed in about three months. The features of the town homes are plenty. First off, these town homes are detached and come with some acreage.
Phyllis Beastrom was sworn in as Pierce County treasurer Nov.1. She succeeds Paula Knutson. Beastrom said she didn't plan to seek the position but had a change of heart. "I had the most knowledge in the office, so I figured I could handle the duties of treasurer," she said. Beastrom has worked for the county since July 1989 as its property lister, making sure all property is assessed and that each property owner receives a tax bill. Beastrom, born in Montana, first came to Ellsworth in the spring of 1969.
The Ellsworth Village Board, in its regular monthly meeting Monday night, discussed a variety of topics in an hour-long meeting. The items approved included: Finalization of the 2008 budget, which includes the levy limit of $966,372. The budget next goes to a public hearing Dec. 3 and is set for adoption by the board that evening. Raises for non-union employees, includng Police Chief Greg Place, Public Works Director/ Zoning Administrator Greg Engeset and Clerk/ Treasurer Peggy Nelson. They will each get a raise of about three percent in 2008.
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.