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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For Michael Sperlak, Terry Johnson and Comfort Stelzer, it was a call they didn't want, but knew it was coming. All three Ellsworth residents belong to the 2-147 National Guard unit of St. Paul. And by being members of this country's military forces, they knew deployment to Iraq was certainly possible. That became reality as the unit left St. Paul April 12 for Fort Sill in Oklahoma for training. They'll be leaving for Iraq on Aug.
Timothy Degroat learned his fate Monday morning for his action in the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen and fiancée Barbara Fritz's home. After pleading guilty in February to that charge and a theft charge that occurred in September, Degroat was sentenced to nine months in jail and put on three years probation. Degroat was granted work release privileges during those nine months.
At last month's Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting, Paul Gerrard, a developer for the Crossing Meadows Development near Hwy.
Hundreds, heck, probably thousands of books have been written about Jesus Christ. Yet, what are the chances that any of those have gone with the theme what if Jesus Christ was a Lutheran? That's the perspective former Ellsworth resident and pastor Brett Carter created in his first book, "The Lutefisk Gospel," which was recently published. (The fictional account, which is 221 pages long, can be purchased at and .) The story is told through the perspective of Lars, a 15-year-old boy, and his friend Hans, who witness the baptism of Jan (i.e.
Wendell T. Brown, 31, St. Paul, was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days jail Thursday after pleading guilty to felony bail jumping and two charges of misdemeanor battery. The charges stem to a Nov. 25-26 incident at 304 Wasson Ct. in River Falls. The criminal complaint said, on Nov. 25, Brown was sleeping at that residence, which belonged to the mother of his unborn child at the time.
"Now the work begins." Those are the words of County Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart on Thursday, a day after Pierce County was awarded the 2010 Farm Technology Days. Kephart along with two other Pierce County officials; Greg Andrews, UW-Extension agriculture agent and Mel Pittman, county supervisor, made a presentation to the Farm Technology Days board of directors at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Madison. They didn't have to wait long to see how they did. The group got the good news after they came back from a lunch break.
MAIDEN ROCK --- The Maiden Rock Village Board acted early last week to pull out of the National Scenic Byways Program. The board signed the final resolution stating the village could opt out of its contract so area businesses on the Great River Road won't be part of the program. The village can re-enter if it's decided to be in the best interest. In other business, the board: --Opened the bidding process for the local road improvement project, which is going to be Hill Street from 110th Avenue to Lakeview Avenue.
When Diane Velaski was hired as a secretary for the Loberg Law Office in Ellsworth in 1987, she initially thought of the job as more temporary than permanent. "I wasn't thinking of being here this long," she said. "But, I've enjoyed my work and the people I worked with." Fast-forward 20 years and the time has come for Velski to retire, as her last day will be Friday, April 27. An open house for her is scheduled between 1-4 p.m. at Pierce County Abstract and Title, located next door to the law office. Velaski grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minn., the same city as her husband, Phil.
Congressman Ron Kind, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin's Third District, which includes area counties such as Pierce, St. Croix, Pepin and Dunn, was in Ellsworth Tuesday to hear comments, concerns and questions from approximately 25 area residents. "It's good for me because it gives me a source of what people are talking about," said the congressman, who was first elected in 1996.
A former Pierce County man has been accused of videotaping underage girls as they entered and left their shower. Aaron Ebensperger, 21, 6300 Birch St., No. 82, Weston, has been charged with two counts of capturing the image of nudity. According to court records, the incidents of the recordings took place between July 2005 and June 2, 2006, in the Town of Union. The criminal complaint says that after being kicked out of his house by his mother, Ebensperger went to work for a local farmer, Ty Fisher, who promised him a room on the property as payment.