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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When Elliott Jensen was named Ellsworth's Homecoming King in October, he became the second member of his family to earn such an honor. His grandfather, Ellsworth native Dean Holden, was named Elmwood's King his senior year, 1956. That's the first of surprisingly many similarities between the two. During his high school football career, Jensen wore No. 66, which happened to be Holden's number also. Jensen said he didn't realize that until after he picked it. "My sophomore year, I wanted a number in the 50s, but they're all taken up by seniors," he explained.
The annual Penny War at the Ellsworth Middle School raised nearly $1,200. The money goes into a program called Share the Warmth sponsored by Bank Mutual's Ellsworth office. Further proceeds will extend to the Gift Box Program, which buys necessary supplies for families in need in Pierce County.
David Johnson and Alan Scofield have worked together for the last 36 years. "My wife calls Al my other wife," Johnson joked. The pair first started working in 1970, when Scofield joined Johnson as they worked under Johnson's dad, Harry S., at his land surveying business in Bloomington, Minn. Two years later, they opened a branch in Red Wing and, by 1981, bought the business from Harry S.
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.
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.