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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BAY CITY --- Last month, the Bay City Village Board discussed dog control. Several citizens attending the board meeting expressed concern about the number of dogs running free while out with their owners. A discussion then ensued about whether or not to have a mandatory leash law. The board tabled the matter.
A common word dominated the plea hearing for Robert Christopherson Friday: disgusting. Christopherson pled guilty to one count of criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one year probation for his efforts stemming to a June 2005 incident. That night, Christopherson and David Berndt, then-seniors at River Falls High School, found a dead deer on the side of the road, placed it in their pickup truck, drove for miles, dragged the carcass across the yards of three houses, lifted it over a wood fence and carried it to the wooded backyard of the house owned by Steven J.
MAIDEN ROCK --- With the news the state's Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the Hill Street road project, the Maiden Rock Village Board acted to proceed early last week. Bids for the project must be to the village by Wednesday, March 28, with the bids to be discussed at the Monday, April 2, meeting.
PLUM CITY --- Looking for ways to help pay for the Main Street sewer project, the Plum City Village Board approved one idea early last week. The board committed to acquiring up to $300,000 from the Plum City branch of the Bank of Spring Valley. If needed, Clerk/Treasurer Jean McDonough explained, the funds could be reimbursed through state loans and other ventures. She also mentioned the village is still a couple of months away from coming up with the necessary cash to pay for the sewer.
MAIDEN ROCK --- Bruce Andrews was a truck driver for 25 years before deciding to give it up in 2000. He wanted to do something different and deciding to go into the gutter business would qualify as that. "There were no gutter companies at the time when I started," the Maiden Rock native said. "I taught myself everything I know." Now, seven years later, it's safe to say that knowledge has paid off. "In 2006, we've had our best year," he said, referring to his business, Seamless Gutters.
After Fremont Maynard died in 1961, Jack Oltman was convinced he had the perfect idea on what to do with the Maynards' 90 acres of farmland on the north end of Ellsworth. Oltman, a lawyer who was appointed to be in charge of the estate, was a friend of the family and also an enthusiast of a growing outdoor sport. "He thought it'd be a good place for a golf course," said his brother, Ralph. That wasn't a surprise, considering both Oltmans played a lot of the sport at the Red Wing golf club and River Falls golf course. Oltman then got the wheels in motion.
Sometimes signs can come in the most unexpected places. Brian Carpenter can attest to that. He was taking out the garbage two years ago on his 16-acre property in the Town of Trimbelle when it struck him. Carpenter and his wife Michaela had been exploring different businesses that could be more family-oriented to include their growing family. (At the time, the couple had five children. They're expecting their seventh in August.) As he was taking out the garbage that rainy night, Carpenter saw the ground filled with night crawlers. "The Lord must be telling me something," Carpenter said.
PRESCOTT --- Prescott police have been trying to figure out what caused Lisa Villigan to drive into the house of Randy and Sue Hendrickson on Feb. 17. They may have gotten a reason why last week. Prescott Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko stated in an e-mail to KMSP-TV in St. Paul that preliminary toxicology results showed Villigan's blood-alcohol level was at .294 percent, compared to the legal limit of .08 percent.
TOWN OF OAK GROVE --- A car collided with a snowmobile Thursday during snowy conditions. The accident occurred around 6:23 p.m. in the Town of Oak Grove, .7 of a mile east of CTH E on 500th Avenue. The car, driven by Gene Chilson, 36, Ellsworth, struck a snowmobile driven by 12-year-old Nicholas Jacobsen of Prescott. Jacobsen was transported by Prescott Area Ambulance from the scene to River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries. He was treated and released. Assisting the Pierce County Sheriff's Department were Prescott Fire, along with Prescott and Ellsworth EMS.
ELMWOOD --- On Feb. 19, the Elmwood School Board congratulated Mike Birtzer, Middle School/High School Social Studies teacher, for his selection to the National Honor Roll of Outstanding Teachers. In further news, the board: --Approved Jenny Holcomb as a Special Education Aide and the easement for the Department of Natural Resources streambank improvement project. --Approved the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association co-op with Spring Valley for wrestling, and River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville and St. Croix Central for girls hockey. (The schools make up the St.