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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Paul Krauss was sentenced Friday morning to 24 years prison for committing the crimes of second degree sexual assault with use of force, second degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment. He was given 18 years for the sexual assault and three each for the recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment. Those terms are consecutive. He was also given nine months of prison for the charges of violating a domestic abuse injunction and misdemeanor bail jumping. Those two terms are concurrent which can be served along with the sexual assault charge.
All Village of Ellsworth residents are invited to attend Ellsworth's first National Night Out scheduled from 7-9 p.m.
DIAMOND BLUFF -- Ernie Lillie explained his house, located off CTH E, has plenty of space for his three kids' 4-H projects. One of those, for example, is chickens. Lillie said his family started getting them in March and the food they originally had was running out fast. That's where he and his wife's middle child, Natasha, age 11, came in.
BAY CITY -- A tradition at Flat Pennies Ice Cream in Bay City has been for the second Friday of each month to be Open Microphone Night. On June 8, seven workers decided to take advantage of that, as they came together and did songs from the musical "Grease," along with a 'Flat Pennies' rap song. "It was one of the best Friday nights we've had," said owner Jim Ross.
A former area resident was placed on three years probation and was also given three years deferred prosecution for sexual assault of a child. Mark Holmquist, 18, who now lives in Spooner, pled guilty Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court to two misdemeanor counts of fourth degree sexual assault and was given probation. He was placed on deferred prosecution for a second degree sexual assault of child, which is a felony. The charges stem from a November incident, according to the criminal complaint.
ELMWOOD - Adam Zenner was hired as the new Elementary, Middle School and Assistant High School Principal of the Elmwood School District in the school board's monthly meeting July 16. Zenner was selected from a pool of 39 candidates, from which 11 were interviewed.
The Amery man who was part of the rollover accident Sunday morning in which the other occupant in the vehicle died has seen his condition improve. Adam J. Jain, 26, is now listed in fair condition according to a Regions Hospital spokesperson Thursday morning. Jain and Tara J. Lynch, 28, 1485 Wildcat Court, River Falls, were traveling westbound on State Highway 29, about four miles east of River Falls, when the vehicle, a 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor, rolled several times through a hayfield before coming to rest in a yard at W7964 STH 29.
Since brothers Brad and Jason Levenhagen are teachers in different states, the two don't see a whole lot of each other during the nine months of school. However, based on what the two teach (Brad, science, and Jason, theatre), the pair have come up with a way for them to stay in touch during the summer with a children's show aimed at the outdoors. The pair was in Ellsworth Wednesday to put on that show in front of 85 youths at the Ellsworth Public Library as part of the library's summer reading program, "Get a Clue." Ellsworth holds special significance for the brothers, as it's their homet
PRESCOTT - Over 80 people attended Monday's night community meeting at Prescott High School to discuss among other topics school funding, property taxes and economic development. The question and answer session, which lasted over an hour, featured speakers State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, Rep. Kitty Rhoades and Gov. Doyle's representative for the Northern region, Bryce Luchterhand. School funding and property taxes dominated the session since the two are hand-in-hand.
LUND - One of the oldest clichés out there is that you can't go home again. Sue Odegard is one person that dispels that notion. Odegard, who grew up in the Twin Cities and lived in the Pierce County area for 20 years before moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2004, is back as pastor for Sabylund Lutheran Church, located on County Highway J in Lund. "I'm blessed to be back," she said.