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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ELMWOOD - For the last five years, Shawn Madden has worn many hats with the Elmwood School District as he's been Elementary, Middle School and Assistant High School Principal. Starting July 1, Madden will only be wearing one - 9-12 High School Principal of the Somerset School District. The Somerset School Board approved the hiring of Madden in its meeting Monday night. Madden said family was the main reason for the new job as he and his wife Kari, are the parents of two young boys, Ty and Kade. "Family came first," he said.
A 38-year-old female substitute teacher in the Prescott School District has been suspended and an investigation continues into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. The situation came to public a month ago when the boy's father sought a restraining order against the woman on May 22. Judge Robert Wing subsequently issued a two-year injunction against the woman on June 4 on the basis of events which allegedly occurred the night of May 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.