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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While the warm weather was enjoyed by many this past weekend, it has made for some slippery driving adventures. It was the believed cause of multiple accidents reported to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department from the last couple of days. An accident was reported 10:22 p.m. Saturday at Hwy. 35 near 570th Street in the Town of Isabelle, where a vehicle driven by Medina Ponce De Leon, 30, Plum City, overturned. De Leon was traveling south on 35 when he lost control, left the roadway and entered the ditch.
ELMWOOD --- Ever since she could talk, all Elmwood native Vicky Emerson wanted to do was play the piano. "I begged and begged my dad until he relented," she said. "He didn't think I'd stick with it, but I did." Now Emerson, in her fourth year as a professional musician, will return home to showcase her talents in her second annual holiday show, 7 p.m. this Sunday at the Elmwood High School Gymnasium. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. "It'll be a kid-friendly show," the 1994 Elmwood High School graduate said.
PRESCOTT --- It started out like an average Saturday morning for Jim and Carol Toner. The Prescott residents were sitting in their living room at 517 Lake St. around 8:15 a.m. Dec. 2, reading the paper, when the unusual occurred. "I heard this loud roar like I never heard before," Jim recalled. "I looked out and I saw this fishing boat going around in circles and no one in it, and I thought oh, boy." Jim then raced down to the dock, calling 911 and the ambulance. "I knew we had to get him out of there as soon as possible," Jim added. The him Jim was referring to was Daniel G.
Jonathan Schweiger Wiederkehr, 51, New Brighton, Minn., pled guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court Wednesday to one count of resisting an officer stemming from an incident on July 4. Wiederkehr was placed on probation for a year. How he committed the Class A misdemeanor was unique and probably won't happen again. According to the criminal complaint, Pierce County Sheriff's dispatch was advised of a one-vehicle rollover July 4.
Organizers hoping Pierce County will host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2010 got an important victory Tuesday--the first one. The county's agricultural and extension education committee approved developing a resolution calling for Pierce County to host the annual event in 2010. The resolution now goes to the finance and personnel committee for approval. If it's granted, the idea goes to the full county board for a vote.
HAGER CITY --- Sandy Sorenson started in the banking industry when she was 17-years-old. "I started in the mailroom at First National Bank in St. Paul," she remembered. "I loved it." The love of working for a bank hasn't stopped, as she has risen through the ranks over the years through her current job as Head Teller/Bank Security Officer for Hiawatha National Bank (HNB) in Hager City. That is as of 6 p.m.
Emotion was heavy Monday morning at the Pierce County Courthouse as those on both sides awaited the sentencing of Todd London. London was found guilty in September on two counts of first degree sexual assault of a then-12-year-old child three years ago. The maximum he could face was 60 years in prison. In arguing the state's case, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle gave his recommendation based on three factors: the seriousness of the offense, the defendant's character and the need to protect the public. He was pretty blunt when describing the first factor.
A big debate among Ellsworth Village Board members occurred even before the regularly scheduled meeting Monday. That's because the board conducted a public hearing to debate whether or not to suspend or revoke the "Class B" retail license for Furlong's Bar and Grill. The reason for the hearing was Furlong's had been cited for three violations of closing hours and one failure to display license, which all occurred in a short amount of time Trustee Neil Gulbranson asked Police Chief Greg Place whether or not he's seen that number of violations in a short amount of time and Place replied not
Friday marked the beginning of another holiday tradition in Pierce County as the local Salvation Army had kettles at various locations throughout the county. Customers at Hinck's Economart in Ellsworth and the First National Bank in Prescott will now be seeing the red kettle through Christmas Eve. Visitors to Hinck's will see the bell ringers the next three weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just like this past weekend, this upcoming one will feature members of the Ellsworth Lions Club ringing the bell. The following weekend will be members of John and Karen Woehrle's ninth grade St.