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 - As the city of Prescott prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday this weekend, a closer look indicates that much went on in the city before 1857. According to Prescott residents Mary Beeler and Dorothy Ahlgren, who wrote 'A History of Prescott' in 1996, the first recorded white person to come to Prescott was Philander Prescott in 1839. Prescott came to the area as he was helping lay a claim for the land on where the city now sits.
PRESCOTT -- Bob Baker was on his way to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce office to nominate someone to be grand marshal for the Prescott Daze parade when he got the news. "They said you're too late," he said. What he was told next floored him. The reason why he was late was someone had already been selected: him. "I've got a gift for gab," the 61-year-old said. "When they told me that, I think I was speechless for three minutes.
(Editor's Note: This is a first of profiles of area individuals that served in the Vietnam War that will lead up to when the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., will come to the Gas-Lite Park in the town of Trimbelle Sept. 20-24.) Life can change in an instant. Just ask Craig Chartier.
The thrill and excitement of playing in front of people is still there for Jack Russell now as it was 25 years ago. "It's been an amazing ride," he said, the lead singer of the band Great White. "Twenty-five years have gone like the blink of eye. I swear I started this band yesterday." To commemorate the silver anniversary of their first record, the band launched a 2007 tour with nearly 35 dates with one of the stops being at the Gas-Lite Tavern in the town of Trimbelle September 8 as part of the 17th annual chili feed motorcycle rally. The feed is a two-day benefit put on by the St.
PRESCOTT - With some free time on his hands, Fran Hira decided to test his house for radon. He knew about its dangers and the risks and wanted to make sure it wouldn't be a problem for his family, including wife Trina and the couple's three children. He did the testing and what he found was jaw-dropping. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the radon level is at or above four picocuries per liter (pCi/L), it's a dangerous level and action should be taken immediately to fix it. Hira's house was at a 55. That was about a year ago.
Powerful storms early Tuesday morning damaged the Barry Anderson home, located at W2625 890th Ave., in the Town of Gilman. A large cottonwood tree was uprooted, which caused some of it to fall onto the near 100-year-old house, resulting in structural damage. Anderson's barn was also damaged, as the roof floated off. The barn stored nearly 3,000 bales of hay and about 10 beef cattle. The owner figured at least one of the animals was dead. His pole shed was the only building not to get hit. Neither he nor his wife, Mary, was injured. "We never had anything like this before," he said.
Fifteen new Ellsworth School District staffers attended a workshop Monday as the beginning of the school year neared. A Herald survey asking about their backgrounds and positions was given to them during the workshop. Their responses follow: Julie Baggenstoss Julie Baggenstoss is a new bus driver for the district. She had previously been a substitute driver the last four years. Baggenstoss is an Ellsworth native who still resides in her hometown. She and husband Jerry have two children, Nicole and Mallori, along with a grandson, Kaiden.
Her family's purchase of a resort near Bloomer is not a conflict of interest and doesn't lessen her commitment to Pierce County law enforcement, said Sheriff Nancy Hove. She and her husband Jason bought the resort--now called Hove's Cedar Bay Resort and Campground--June 1. It's outside Bloomer on Marshmiller Lake. "My mother and husband run the resort," said Hove.
Vicky Howe said she wasn't looking for another job, that she was happy with her position as Service Manager for Ellsworth Ford-Mercury. Yet, when she saw the opening for the General Manager vacancy at the Herald, her feelings started to change. "It was intriguing because I worked here before," she said. "I thought I could do the job." Howe started her second stint with the Herald last week.
PLUM CITY --- The Plum City School Board hired Leah Milleren as the new food service director early last week. She succeeds Monie Van Schoonhoven, who retired after 34 years of service to the district. Shirley Kuhn was hired as a food service consultant. The board also approved hiring Kory Phillips as assistant volleyball coach and Marylou Nabbefeld as assistant director of special education.