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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PLUM CITY -- Jack Niebur had a simple response to why, after all these years, he still is a farmer: "I enjoy it." Niebur has been a farmer for the past 51 years, with the last 40 coming southwest of Plum City. It's safe to say he's seen many changes over time. "There's new rules, new regulations," he said. "The government has gotten totally involved within the last 10 years." As the popularity of farming has waned over the years, Jack and his partner, son Kevin, have to make sure they don't go under.
Organizers of the Pierce County Fair felt a change was in order for the annual pre-fair event. "We're looking for something different," said Fair Coordinator Ann Webb. After several years of having a rodeo, they decided motocross would be the something new and exciting they're seeking. Therefore, it's going to be Friday, Aug. 3, from 7-10 p.m. in the grandstands on the fairgrounds. Webb listed tentative ticket prices as children seven and under at $5, while ages eight and up are $10.
If it was going to take three minutes, 30 minutes or three hours (the actual length), it didn't matter just as long Aaron Diercks heard those two fateful words Thursday, which he did, in Pierce County Circuit Court: not guilty. Diercks, 20, 263 W. Summit Ave., Ellsworth, was charged with burglary to party to a crime for his role in the April 5, 2006, burglary of then-County Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen and Barbara Fritz's house. He was one of five charged, along with Cody Muhlhausen (Everett's son), Randy and Nick Ingli and T.J. Degroat.
PLUM CITY --- Upon walking into the Paul Horsley/Michelle Lorch home in Plum City, one can't help but notice their two-year-old son Jack, bounding around the house with all the energy of a typical two-year-old. He's usually shadowing his eight-year-old sister Gaby, in a way that younger siblings do to their older ones. There's just one difference from everyone's so-called "typical" family: Jack and Gaby were born in Guatemala and were adopted. "These two kids are a great story," Horsley said.
Ashley N. Brem, 18, Marshfield, pleaded guilty Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of battery to law officer, resisting/obstructing an officer and retail theft. Brem will serve 60 days in jail for the resisting/obstructing charge, along with two years probation for that charge and theft. The battery to law officer charge, the only felony of the three, was deferred from prosecution. "There's no excuse for her behavior," Judge Robert Wing said. "Nothing makes sense." The charges stem from an Oct. 29 incident in River Falls when the Holiday store on S.
SPRING VALLEY --- While not a member of the Armed Forces himself, Steve Schreiber has a deep appreciation and respect for veterans who have fought to protect our country. So when he thought the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., was being constructed at a pace slower than expected, Schreiber wasn't going to pass up the opportunity if another war like Vietnam came about. Unfortunately, it did, as the war in Iraq developed. And as the death toll increased, Schreiber took action. "With all these poor kids dying in Wisconsin, someone had to step up and do something, so I did," he said.
As a tribute to the nearly 59,000 American soldiers that lost their lives in the Vietnam War, a memorial wall was built in 1982 to honor them at Constitution Gardens in Washington, D.C. Now, 25 years later, for those in Pierce County who were unable to visit the Wall, it will be coming to them as "The Moving Wall," a half-size replica of the Wall which will be at Gas-Lite Park in the Town of Trimbelle from Sept. 20-24.
Charles Watkins, 38, Valley City, Ohio, was sentenced to three years confinement plus three years extended supervision Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court for his involvement in an April 24 battery with weapon incident in Prescott. According to testimonies and the criminal complaint, in the early morning that day, Glenn Moe went outside of the residence of 1764 Jewell St., where Watkins was waiting. After a brief exchange, Watkins pointed a gun at Moe's head and forced himself inside, where Kristina and Dave Kollasky, Moe's sister and brother-in-law, were.
PLUM CITY --- "Those who do not learn from the past shall be condemned to repeat it." That line was first uttered by the famous Spanish philosopher George Santayana. Locally, it's the goal speaker Timothy Scott hopes students get from his presentation on the Holocaust. "I don't think this is lame history," Scott said Wednesday at Plum City High School as he was talking to students in grades eight through 12. "You should never ever forget this stuff.
When Elliott Jensen was named Ellsworth's Homecoming King in October, he became the second member of his family to earn such an honor. His grandfather, Ellsworth native Dean Holden, was named Elmwood's King his senior year, 1956. That's the first of surprisingly many similarities between the two. During his high school football career, Jensen wore No. 66, which happened to be Holden's number also. Jensen said he didn't realize that until after he picked it. "My sophomore year, I wanted a number in the 50s, but they're all taken up by seniors," he explained.