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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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
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.
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.
MAIDEN ROCK --- With Thanksgiving come and gone, it's now Christmas season and Pierce County cities are gearing up. One, in particular, is Maiden Rock, which will host its annual "Country Christmas" celebration this Saturday. The celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a local pancake breakfast at the ambulance hall. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids, ages 12 and under, with the money going to the local ambulance service, which also serves Stockholm and Pepin. Featured on the breakfast menu are french toast, sausage, blueberries, syrup and honey. The breakfast runs until noon. From 9 a.m.
MAIDEN ROCK -- An old addage says not to mix business with family. Apparently, don't tell that to the Roger and Nancy Hoff family. The couple plus their three children and spouses are all venturing into business together. Their project is The Lodge Retreat, located in Maiden Rock. A grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. With eight owners, one might expect conflict in a venture like this. Not true, says one of them. "We've really had no problems," said Jennifer Knoll, one of the children.
SPRING VALLEY --- With the present state of farming compared to what it was 10 years ago --- heck, even five years ago --- a Spring Valley organization is there to give farmers a second chance.
Nov. 7, 2005, was a memorable day in the life of Eric Wirta. It was significant for two reasons: one, because it was his birthday -- at the time, his 25th, and two, it marked the first day of his new job, working for the Fairview Clinics out of Ellsworth and Red Wing as a physicians' assistant. "It's a beautiful area here with the bluffs," he said. "It's unbelievable." Wirta grew up in Wadena, Minn., which is in the northern half of the state. He went to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., for his undergraduate work and then on to St.
RIVER FALLS --- Brian Popek, 30, 609 E. Spring St., River Falls, pled guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court Wednesday to one count of second degree sexual assault of a child under age 16. According to the criminal complaint, the act occurred last June in the City of River Falls. Witnesses testified that, a month prior, they began seeing underage girls coming to Popek's address with the belief Popek would buy them alcohol and cigarettes.
SPRING VALLEY --- Around the Spring Valley area, the unofficial start to the Christmas season has long been with the community choir holding its annual Christmas concert. This year is no different, as the choir is back for another concert, this time Dec. 1-3, with times being 7:30 p.m. the first two days and 2 p.m. the final day. The performances will again be held at the Spring Valley Theatre. Choir Director Cindy Kongshaug said that, because it's the choir's 10th annual concert, they wanted to do something special in tribute.
ELMWOOD --- For 85 years, Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing has been located in Elmwood. However, the debate raged among owners Jake and father Ric Sailer if there would be an 86th, as the building they're in, located on main street, was not meeting their needs. After a lot of discussion, they decided an 86th year and a lot more will be had in Elmwood--as Thursday was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new location, 600 West Winter Ave. "It was either this or quit," Jake admitted.