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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A 13-year-old Ellsworth boy was the victim of a bicycle/truck accident Monday afternoon. According to the Sheriff's Department, the boy was riding a bicycle westbound on 570th Avenue, when he crossed over the center line and struck the side of a truck driven by Edward Helmer, Ellsworth. The accident occured at around 1:10 p.m. about 1.5 miles west of Highway 65. The boy was transported from the scene by Ellsworth Area Ambulance with undetermined injuries to the River Falls Area Hospital.
One won't see a Pamida store in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison or Milwaukee areas. They'll be found in smaller communities in which the retail chain believes it can succeed like Ellsworth which has been on the company's radar screen for awhile. "For several years, we've been looking hard at this community," explained Jim Larson, Vice President of Property Development for Pamida. "... We looked at towns that fit our niche of 2-5,000 people and Ellsworth jumped out at us.
MAIDEN ROCK - For nearly half her life, Cyndee Randall had worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts producing and presenting contemporary art exhibitions. While enjoying that line of work, she also wanted to be more involved in another passion of hers - the environment. For that factor and many others led Randall, 52, to launch the Swan Song Contemporary Arts (SSCA) gallery in Maiden Rock. The grand opening is scheduled from 12-6 p.m. this Saturday, to coincide with Maiden Rock's Summerfest weekend.
For those who have seen various forms of painted cows at area businesses and wondered what's going on, don't be alarmed, there's a reason. The 21 cows are part of the first annual "2007 Cow Parade Pierce County" promotion, sponsored by the Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee.
Norma Taplin initially took a job with the Ellsworth School District so she could see more of her two children, Lori and Jeff, at the time. Taplin has stayed in that position, a secretary for the Junior High/Middle School for the last 40 years, so it's safe to say she grew to like the job. "It was close to home and I hated driving," Taplin explained as her previous job was for 3-M in the Twin Cities.
DIAMOND BLUFF - The Estates of Diamond Bluff isn't a normal housing development. First, is its size. The Estates is over 1,000 acres spread out between the Towns of Oak Grove and Diamond Bluff. As a result, the average acre size is three with the biggest being 13. Second, while most developments will have houses that will look the same in structure and design, not here. "We'll have a lot more diversity, different looks in these homes," said co-owner Dan Reiland. "It's encouraged." That falls in line with the third point as Reiland explained.
The first annual Prescott Garden Tour, sponsored by Funkie Gardens, will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16 throughout the city. The event is open for the public. "It will be a great opportunity to view a number of private gardens in Prescott, talk to gardeners and share in their knowledge and experience," said Baard Webster, owner of Funkie Gardens. Cost to tour the gardens is a $10 donation and can be purchased at any of the six stops - Susan and Peter Fox; Jim and Jana Lawton; Mike Erie and Roger Dalziel; Scot and Julie Arndtson, Freedom Park and Funkie Gardens - the day of.
RIVER FALLS --- A 10-year-old boy was sent to River Falls Area Hospital as a result of a car-bike accident Monday afternoon in the Town of River Falls. The accident occurred at 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 29-35 and CTH FF. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a Chevrolet Suburban operated by Christopher Miller, 48, Lake City, Minn., was traveling westbound on 29-35, approaching the intersection with FF.
Jared Krutke found his calling at an early age. He tagged along with his father, Gary, one afternoon when he was 14-years-old to the local gun range. Gary was able to convince one of his friends to let Jared shoot a machine gun for the first time. The results were instantaneous. "He was hooked," Gary said.
SPRING VALLEY - There have been positives (a visit from President Bush during his 2004 re-election campaign) negatives (a fire in 1991 that destroyed the factory) and many moments in between during Dale and wife Wendy Marcott's near 30 years of ownership of Cady Cheese. Despite all of that, the longtime business, first established in 1908, is undergoing something never seen before, Dale explained. "We've seen a dramatic change in our business," he said. And the leading cause of that has to do with whey, the liquid part of milk.