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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SPRING VALLEY - There have been positives (a visit from President Bush during his 2004 re-election campaign) negatives (a fire in 1991 that destroyed the factory) and many moments in between during Dale and wife Wendy Marcott's near 30 years of ownership of Cady Cheese. Despite all of that, the longtime business, first established in 1908, is undergoing something never seen before, Dale explained. "We've seen a dramatic change in our business," he said. And the leading cause of that has to do with whey, the liquid part of milk.
Jared Krutke found his calling at an early age. He tagged along with his father, Gary, one afternoon when he was 14 years old to the local gun range. Gary was able to convince one of his friends in letting Jared shoot a machine gun for the first time. The results were instantaneous. "He was hooked," Gary said, who has been a Prescott Police Officer for the last seven years.
What Bradley Carlson has undergone for the last six years would be remarkable, even more impressive by the fact he suffers from Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Carlson has been on a mission to walk through every incorporated city, town, village in the State of Wisconsin and, at the same time, walk from one end of the state (the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee) to the other (Mississippi River in La Crosse.) Tuesday, Carlson was in Ellsworth to cross the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin" off his list.
Curt Dumermuth has become the sixth Ellsworth High School teacher in the last 16 years to receive The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award. Dumermuth has taught at Ellsworth for 24 years in the areas of math, science and physics, and 34 years overall. He received the award March 31 at a banquet in Chippewa Falls. "I'm very pleased with this," he said. "It's nice to be recognized for your individual efforts.
Two Ellsworth High School teachers were suspended with pay Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation. School Superintendent Dan Kaler said the pair were suspended because of the investigation and the fact criminal charges could result. "The prudent thing was to suspend the two and let the investigation take its course," Kaler said. "I can't tell you how long the suspension is going to be." The school district became aware of a police investigation the previous week.
Allison Hipple is one high school student ready to leave the nest. "I've had senioritis since my freshman year," said the Ellsworth High School student.
As Vickie Biel played in her final sports event for Ellsworth High School last week, the realization struck her. "Everything's coming to an end," the senior said. The end for Biel and 141 of her fellow classmates will officially come 7 p.m. Friday in the Ellsworth High School Gymnasium when they graduate. As valedictorian, Biel will deliver one of the evening's speeches. While she admits some nervousness about public speaking, she's not too worried. "I have it written," she said, laughing. "It just needs some touching up.
Chuck Schmidt got a taste of adult life at an early age. While in first grade, he was given the job of figuring bills for his father's oil delivery company - a job he did without the help of calculators. "My Dad trusted me enough to put it on the invoice," he said. That started his interest in mathematics and he was hooked. "I was always good at math and science and I wanted to do something with it," he said.
Sarah Wallin, 19, 1330 Sycamore St., River Falls, pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Court to an amended charge of fourth degree sexual assault. She received deferred prosecution/sentencing for a year. If she completes classes in parenting and sexual education during that time, the charge will be dismissed. "Those classes will accomplish more than anything else," said District Attorney John O' Boyle, in discussing the plea hearing.
The condition of Bradley Johnson -- one of three area residents involved in a couch accident May 6 - has improved. Johnson, who has been hospitalized at Regions in St.