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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ELMWOOD --- Next Tuesday, the Elmwood School District will put a referendum on the ballot asking for an additional $300,000 from its residents each of the next three years to exceed revenue limits. Monday night, about 45 district residents showed up at the high school to find out why. Superintendent Barry Rose headed the 90-minute presentation, which the district held for the second time this month (the first was on March 5). He started the presentation with three major problems district officials believe about how schools are funded.
The third person associated with the burglary of then-Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen and his then-fiancee learned his fate Thursday afternoon. Nicholas Ingli, 18, was sentenced to five years probation as a result of that burglary charge, along with burglary charges in Pepin and Dunn counties, and theft and bail jumping charges in Pierce County. Ingli, along with brother Randy, Aaron Diercks, Timothy DeGroat and Cody Muhlhausen, Everett's son, were all charged with burglary for their roles in the April 5 break-in of the home of Everett Muhlhausen and Barbara Fritz.
As Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing was holding the key to his future Friday morning, all Brian Popek could manage was to cover his head in his hands. Popek, 30, formerly of River Falls, was charged with one count of second degree sexual assault of child along with second degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim. (That charge was dismissed.) He ended up being sentenced to four years in state prison, along with six years extended supervision for the sexual assault of a child charge. Throughout the hearing, discussion ranged about how long the sentence would be.
A common word dominated the plea hearing for Robert Christopherson Friday: disgusting. Christopherson pled guilty to one count of criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one year probation for his efforts stemming to a June 2005 incident. That night, Christopherson and David Berndt, then-seniors at River Falls High School, found a dead deer on the side of the road, placed it in their pickup truck, drove for miles, dragged the carcass across the yards of three houses, lifted it over a wood fence and carried it to the wooded backyard of the house owned by Steven J.
PRESCOTT --- The son of Prescott Police Officer Gary Krutke was murdered in Guam Thursday morning (their time), where he was stationed. According to , two U.S. Navy sailors sustained gunshot wounds at Camp Covington in Santa Rita and were rushed to Naval Hospital, where Krutke's son, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Krutke, 25, was pronounced dead. The other sailor remained in critical condition late last week.
BAY CITY --- Last month, the Bay City Village Board discussed dog control. Several citizens attending the board meeting expressed concern about the number of dogs running free while out with their owners. A discussion then ensued about whether or not to have a mandatory leash law. The board tabled the matter.
Sometimes signs can come in the most unexpected places. Brian Carpenter can attest to that. He was taking out the garbage two years ago on his 16-acre property in the Town of Trimbelle when it struck him. Carpenter and his wife Michaela had been exploring different businesses that could be more family-oriented to include their growing family. (At the time, the couple had five children. They're expecting their seventh in August.) As he was taking out the garbage that rainy night, Carpenter saw the ground filled with night crawlers. "The Lord must be telling me something," Carpenter said.
After Fremont Maynard died in 1961, Jack Oltman was convinced he had the perfect idea on what to do with the Maynards' 90 acres of farmland on the north end of Ellsworth. Oltman, a lawyer who was appointed to be in charge of the estate, was a friend of the family and also an enthusiast of a growing outdoor sport. "He thought it'd be a good place for a golf course," said his brother, Ralph. That wasn't a surprise, considering both Oltmans played a lot of the sport at the Red Wing golf club and River Falls golf course. Oltman then got the wheels in motion.
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.