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 --- Although it wasn't the original intent, Tuesday's press conference at the Prescott Emergency Medical Services Training Room turned into a public memorial for Lisa Villigan. While not officially identified as of the conference, Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko said, based on the information gathered, Villigan was the one who died in the Feb. 17 explosion when she drove into the house of Randy and Sue Hendrickson at 1010 Pearl St. (Prescott police officially confirmed her identity a day later.
As a kid, Rand Higbee loved science fiction television shows. "One of the first shows I remember is 'Lost in Space'," he said. "Looking back on it now, it wasn't that good, but as a kid it was pretty exciting." That passion has carried over to him as an adult, as Higbee is now a play writer. His latest creation, "The Head that wouldn't Die," will be holding auditions next Monday-Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Ames Dinner Theatre. Opening night is May 11, with additional performances for May 12-13, 18-20 and 25-27.
PEPIN --- All Barb Harriman wanted was a chance. For the last couple of months, Harriman's life has been turned upside down since she found out the baby Melissa Christiansen said she was going to get, never existed. And as she watched Marie, Jen and Crissy, three other women who were also scammed out of a baby by Christiansen, get a chance to confront her on the "Dr.
BAY CITY --- The requirements of Lou Chicquette's job forces him to travel between La Crosse and Red Wing, where he lives, about twice a month. On his way back to Red Wing, Chicquette usually stops in the Nelson Cemetery and visits fallen soldiers who were friends of his. What caught Chicquette's eye during one of his many trips was, heading into the cemetery, officials put up a kiosk as a tribute to all the soldiers who were buried there. Because Chicquette is also a member of the Bay City American Legion, the idea of installing kiosks in local cemeteries around that area made perfect sens
PLUM CITY --- There was no denying change was needed in multiple areas of John and Connie Binkowski's 219 acres of land in the Towns of Union and Maiden Rock. "Several spots needed work," John said.
Melissa Christiansen's prior court record shows only minor infractions --- speeding, issuing a worthless check and twice operating while suspended. An Ohio woman alleges Christiansen has done much worse. "My number one priority is to make sure she (Melissa) will never hurt a family again," said Marie Arquillo, who lives in a suburb of Cleveland. "I'm not going to stop until she is stopped." Arquillo's anger stems out of the fact she was led to believe Christiansen was going to give her a child, which, according to Marie, never even existed.
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.