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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PRESCOTT --- Keith Warnke was walking across the River Heights Motel parking lot in Prescott Saturday night when all of a sudden he heard a massive noise. What happened next could be described as a scene out of a movie. Warnke looked up and saw a pickup truck had driven into a house, located at 1010 Pearl St. The accident was reported to authorities at 8:51 p.m. "My wife, who works for a gas company, initially said the truck must have hit a gas line," the Farmington, Minn., native said. Two minutes later, that noise was dwarfed by an immense explosion as the gas line ignited.
MAIDEN ROCK --- At the Maiden Rock Village Board meeting early last week, Village President Douglas Lansing appointed Jim Lanz as volunteer fire chief for the local department. Lanz has been fire chief in years past, including last year. In other business, the board: --Discussed whether or not to implement a fee, at a cost of $5-$30, for special assessment searches. The board took no action on this item, which will be brought up at future meetings. --Approved the final resolution on a $250 donation from Judy Sawyer, proprietor of the Maiden Rock Carriage House.
HAGER CITY --- As Hager City Glass was starting to outgrow its space in the building across from Knutson Trucking, co-owners and brothers Cory and Ryan Dodge were faced with the question of where to go next. Luckily, they didn't have to go far, as the former Standard building was unoccupied. "We noticed it was for sale and it was a decent price," Cory said. After some renovating and expansion, the brothers have been operating out of that building for the last few months.
Timothy Degroat, 19, Ellsworth, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to one count of burglary and one count of theft. The burglary stems from an April 5, 2006, incident in which Degroat, along with Cody Muhlhausen, Randy and Nick Ingli, and Aaron Diercks broke into then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen (Cody's father) and fiancée Barbara Fritz's house, and stole items belonging to the sheriff, including, guns, money, ammunition and jewelry, and belongings of the sheriff's first wife, Sue Ann, who died in 2004.
BAY CITY -- One day last April while at Prairie View Elementary School, Alyxis Lundquist did what many kids her age in the past have done: the six-year-old fell off the monkey bars. What occurred as a result of that went beyond anyone's possibilities. "When she fell, she straddled herself and said she was alright," her father Jason explained. "(However) she couldn't walk up the stairs that night to go to bed because her leg hurt. "I saw this great big lump on her hip and rushed her to the hospital next morning." Initial thoughts centered around a hernia because that's where the lump was.
The village board learned Monday Ellsworth Public Library Director Linette Greske submitted her resignation to the library board recently. Greske, who has been with the library since April 2001, was named director in August 2002. When asked the reason for the resignation, she declined to comment. Her last day will be Friday, Feb. 16. At the same library board meeting, it was announced ads for the position will start appearing in the local papers next week and letters of application with resume are to be in by Monday, Feb. 26.
ELMWOOD -- Members of the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club saw the detoriating status of the Eau Galle River and decided to take action. Therefore, proceeds from their wildlife banquet in October will help go toward the renovation of the river as the club will assist the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the project. Club Treasurer Steve Galoff explained because there's a lot of sand in the banks, when high water comes, erosion results, which damages fish habitat in the river, specifically trout. Galoff added this is the club's first attempt to help restore the river and members plan to make
BAY CITY -- A benefit will be held for Alyxis Lundquist this Saturday starting at noon at Mike's Bay Town in Bay City. Alyxis, now six-years-old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last May, which means she has cancer in her bone marrow, spinal fluid and lymph nodes. The outpouring of support Alyxis has received since the diagnosis from anyone and everyone hasn't gone unnoticed. "The schools (Alyxis attends Sunnyside Elementary in Ellsworth), the communities and the hospital (Children's Hospital in St. Paul) have been very supportive," her father Jason said.
PRESCOTT --- Jennifer Christiansen can remember like it was yesterday. It was about 4 and one-half years ago as she accompanied her husband, Dan, on a business trip to Monterey, Calif. With some free time, Christiansen decided to get a facial for the first time at a nearby spa. The results were staggering. "Walking out, I thought, I really loved this," she said. Christiansen was hooked.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Ed Daleiden has been a cash crop farmer since 1978 and his involvement with the farming industry goes back even longer, as he grew up on a dairy farm. Therefore, Daleiden has strong beliefs about all things farming, including the topic of conservation. "The number one goal is to eliminate erosion," Daleiden said. "I do my best to eliminate ditches and no till gives me the best option." For those efforts and many more, Ed along with his wife Dawn and four children, John, David, Mike and Amanda, have been named 2006 Pierce County Conservation Farm Family.