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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About 10 people attended a telephonic public hearing Jan. 17 at the Ellsworth Village Hall to discuss the proposed water rate increase the village wants to implement. If the request is approved, the water bill for general service for an average residential customer who uses 1,700 cubic feet of water per quarter will increase from $29.10 to $45.40, or 56 percent, for example.
PLUM CITY -- It was the fall of 2005 and the application initially seemed like any other for a library card Jacquie Pooler had ever seen at the Plum City Public Library. There was a slight problem, however. The person submitting the application, Martin, a third grader at the time, only spoke Spanish and Pooler, the library director, only spoke English. "That moved up the time frame," Pooler said, who thought of taking a Spanish class beforehand, but was too busy getting the library integrated into the MORE system, an organization most libraries in Western Wisconsin belong to.
Vince Schulte, long-time Ellsworth businessman, died Friday at the Ellsworth Care Center. He was 86. For nearly 35 years, Schulte, along with his wife Dorothy, operated a grocery business in Ellsworth. First was the Fairway Foods Store, where Ellsworth Auto Parts currently is. Then, due to a need for more space, Schulte moved the business to the then-Midway Shopping Center, where he ran the store until 1988, when he sold it to Steve and Sue Hinck.
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.