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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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.
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 --- 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.
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.
In its hour-long-plus meeting Monday, the Ellsworth Village Board covered a variety of topics. Among them, board members: --Heard from Eugene Laschinger, representing Town and County Engineering, who gave an update on the West Central Wisconsin Biosolids Facility. Laschinger presented a list of potential goals the committee representing the facility would like to achieve within the next 10-20 years.
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.
EAU CLAIRE -- As three Eleva-Strum starters were all called for two fouls in the first quarter of Saturday's Division 4 boys basketball regional final against Elmwood, Head Coach Rich Roginski was faced with an obvious choice. Instead of his traditional man-to-man defense, Roginski went to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the second quarter to keep those starters in the ballgame.
A Pierce County woman has been accused of promising babies to women across the country, only to find out the babies never existed. Four women were willing to go public and share their experiences with the Herald. In last week's Herald, two of the four stories were told. This week, it's the other two. "She needs serious help" Nearly four years later, Crissy has a sense of amazement when it comes to Melissa Christiansen. "She's good," Crissy said.
PRESCOTT --- The look on his face told it all. Prescott Police Officer Ben Henrich walked into Tuesday's press conference at the Prescott Emergency Medical Services Training Room as a man who had one of the roughest 72 hour stretches anyone could ever have. And everyone in attendance knew it. Henrich was involved in the Feb. 17 house explosion that killed a woman. While she hadn't been officially identified as of the conference, Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko announced that, due to the circumstances and the evidence presented, the female was Lisa Villigan, 39, of Prescott.