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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The original intent of the trout pond at the Pierce County Fair was so its sponsor, Eau Galle Rush River Sportsmen's Club would make some money. Yet, over time, the purpose has changed, for the better. "It's more of entertainment than a money maker," said Arby Linder, President of the Club. "It started out as a real money maker, but, now we don't care. It's entertaining for the kids." The pond doesn't make it's only stop at the Fair.
PRESCOTT - The organizers for the Farmer's Market in Prescott realized they weren't going to get the moon in its first year of existence. Instead, they wanted a consistent turnout among vendors and clients that would help set the building blocks for the second year and beyond And with about six weeks left, the results have been pleasing. "We're happy with the way it turned out in year one," said Maureen Otwell, one of the developers for the Market. "To get a regular group of vendors has been satisfying." The Farmer's Market is held every Thursday afternoon from 3-7 in the Freedom Park.
ELMWOOD - When this past school year ended, Adam Zenner was all set to become 7-12 Principal for the Chippewa Falls McDonnell School District in the fall. Then, he heard about the opening for an Elementary, Middle School and Assistant High School Principal in Elmwood and became intrigued. "My wife is from Durand, we love the area and really hope we would stay in it," he explained.
Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing Wednesday dismissed two disorderly conduct charges the Village of Elmwood had filed against Rick Talford, an Elmwood resident. The charges--disturbance of meetings and non-verbal gestures--resulted from an April 19 village board committee meeting, during which Talford was alleged to have interfered with a closed session and, at the same time, made the gesture of shooting an imaginary firearm into his head.
If you ask a member of the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service who was on call May 11, they would say they're just doing their job. If you ask Evelyn Hayes, she would say those members saved her life. Hayes, 69, recalled she was sitting on her bed and, the next thing she knew, she was on the floor. "I don't know how I got there," she said. Luckily, her son passed by her bedroom moments after, realized what happened and called 911. The crew got to the Hayes residence on CTH K and initially proceeded to River Falls Area Hospital. That's when things started to go awry.
Based on what happened at Trillium Green earlier this year, the Ellsworth Village Board was forced to spring into action. As a result, Monday night, the Board adopted an ordinance that requires a state building permit for all new multi-family (three or more) units. A fire occurred in one of the Trillium Green town homes and sifting through the mess, it was found that the walls weren't properly supported and that it wasn't state inspected. Therefore, at a fee of $450 per unit, Village Building Inspector Galen Seipel will make sure everything is going according to form. "This doesn't make me
PRESCOTT - To appease her boyfriend, Paul Andrews, Amy McElmury, accompanied him on a trip to Prescott this past March. Andrews wanted to show her the former Steamboat Inn that he along with his partner Bruce Lenzen had purchased. The pair's original idea, McElmury explained was to turn the land into condominiums with the view overlooking the St. Croix River. McElmury looked around the location and thought otherwise. "This is a great location for a bar," she said. Neither Andrews nor Lenzen had any experience in running a bar.
PRESCOTT - RC, a three-year-old part Chiuahah/Bichon Frise, has a few problems. "All the dogs around the neighborhood run from him," said owner Eileen Jones of Prescott.
There are some people out there, who when they start their work day only want to think about one thing: going home for the day. Herman Kreig isn't one of those people. For the last 10 years, the Ellsworth native has worked full-time as a deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. And specifically since 2004, he and 'Packer', a Belgian Malinois, represent the county's K-9 Department. "I love it," he said, last week, while driving throughout the county.
How often has the following been uttered? Three Ellsworth natives are spending the summer working at a resort ... in Minnesota. That's exactly what's happening this summer as Barry Hines, Adam Murphy and Jason Fuchs are working at Izatys Resort, located on Lake Mille Lacs, which is about 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities. Hines is in his fourth year at the resort working as Golf Course Superintendent and Marina Manager. Murphy works mainly on the resort's two golf courses, Black Brook and The Sanctuary and has been there about four years.