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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TOWN OF OAK GROVE --- A car collided with a snowmobile Thursday during snowy conditions. The accident occurred around 6:23 p.m. in the Town of Oak Grove, .7 of a mile east of CTH E on 500th Avenue. The car, driven by Gene Chilson, 36, Ellsworth, struck a snowmobile driven by 12-year-old Nicholas Jacobsen of Prescott. Jacobsen was transported by Prescott Area Ambulance from the scene to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries. He was treated and released. Assisting the Pierce County Sheriff's Department were Prescott Fire, along with Prescott and Ellsworth EMS.
ELMWOOD --- On Feb. 19, the Elmwood School Board congratulated Mike Birtzer, Middle School/High School Social Studies teacher, for his selection to the National Honor Roll of Outstanding Teachers. In further news, the board: --Approved Jenny Holcomb as a Special Education Aide and the easement for the Department of Natural Resources streambank improvement project. --Approved the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association co-op with Spring Valley for wrestling, and River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville and St. Croix Central for girls hockey. (The schools make up the St.
EAU CLAIRE -- As three Eleva-Strum starters were all called for two fouls in the first quarter of Saturday's Division 4 boys basketball regional final against Elmwood, Head Coach Rich Roginski was faced with an obvious choice. Instead of his traditional man-to-man defense, Roginski went to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the second quarter to keep those starters in the ballgame.
In its hour-long-plus meeting Monday, the Ellsworth Village Board covered a variety of topics. Among them, board members: --Heard from Eugene Laschinger, representing Town and County Engineering, who gave an update on the West Central Wisconsin Biosolids Facility. Laschinger presented a list of potential goals the committee representing the facility would like to achieve within the next 10-20 years.
A Pierce County woman has been accused of promising babies to women across the country, only to find out the babies never existed. Four women were willing to go public and share their experiences with the Herald. In last week's Herald, two of the four stories were told. This week, it's the other two. "She needs serious help" Nearly four years later, Crissy has a sense of amazement when it comes to Melissa Christiansen. "She's good," Crissy said.
PRESCOTT --- The look on his face told it all. Prescott Police Officer Ben Henrich walked into Tuesday's press conference at the Prescott Emergency Medical Services Training Room as a man who had one of the roughest 72 hour stretches anyone could ever have. And everyone in attendance knew it. Henrich was involved in the Feb. 17 house explosion that killed a woman. While she hadn't been officially identified as of the conference, Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko announced that, due to the circumstances and the evidence presented, the female was Lisa Villigan, 39, of Prescott.
PRESCOTT --- Although it wasn't the original intent, Tuesday's press conference at the Prescott Emergency Medical Services Training Room turned into a public memorial for Lisa Villigan. While not officially identified as of the conference, Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko said, based on the information gathered, Villigan was the one who died in the Feb. 17 explosion when she drove into the house of Randy and Sue Hendrickson at 1010 Pearl St. (Prescott police officially confirmed her identity a day later.
As a kid, Rand Higbee loved science fiction television shows. "One of the first shows I remember is 'Lost in Space'," he said. "Looking back on it now, it wasn't that good, but as a kid it was pretty exciting." That passion has carried over to him as an adult, as Higbee is now a play writer. His latest creation, "The Head that wouldn't Die," will be holding auditions next Monday-Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Ames Dinner Theatre. Opening night is May 11, with additional performances for May 12-13, 18-20 and 25-27.
PEPIN --- All Barb Harriman wanted was a chance. For the last couple of months, Harriman's life has been turned upside down since she found out the baby Melissa Christiansen said she was going to get, never existed. And as she watched Marie, Jen and Crissy, three other women who were also scammed out of a baby by Christiansen, get a chance to confront her on the "Dr.
BAY CITY --- The requirements of Lou Chicquette's job forces him to travel between La Crosse and Red Wing, where he lives, about twice a month. On his way back to Red Wing, Chicquette usually stops in the Nelson Cemetery and visits fallen soldiers who were friends of his. What caught Chicquette's eye during one of his many trips was, heading into the cemetery, officials put up a kiosk as a tribute to all the soldiers who were buried there. Because Chicquette is also a member of the Bay City American Legion, the idea of installing kiosks in local cemeteries around that area made perfect sens