Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.
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ELLSWORTH -- Xcel Energy crews are working to restore power to Ellsworth residents Thursday, Sept. 7. According to an outage map on the Xcel Energy website, an estimated 1,379 customers have been affected by three outage orders. The cause of the power loss is unknown at this time, but reportedly began about 8 a.m. Power is expected to be restored by 5 p.m., according to the outage map. Check back here for an update, which will be published as facts become available.
Kick off Prescott Daze 2017 with the re-dedication of the Prescott Clock Tower at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, located on Broad Street and Highway 10. Mayor Dave Hovel will present and the Prescott High School Band will provide musicians for the dedication. Following the dedication the musicians will stroll along Broad Street playing music until 6 p.m. Whether you donated time, labor, money or a commemorative brick to the project, stop by and celebrate the beauty of the clock tower that greets travelers daily. A schedule of festivities follows:
Two women were taken to the hospital Wednesday, Aug. 30 after their vehicle collided with a semi-tractor trailer in the town of Ellsworth. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were notified of the crash at 11:43 p.m., which occurred at the intersection of Highway 10 and 610th Street. Initial investigation indicates a 2014 Honda CRV, driven by 73-year-old Sharon Ann Zielke of Glidden, failed to yield the right of way to a 2014 Freightliner operated by 66-year-old Steven J. Parson of Hammond, causing the Freightliner to strike the Honda.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a man who fled from police Thursday, Aug. 31. Deputies recognized a vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 63 near 730th Avenue Thursday, operated by 32-year-old Brian Tschida of rural Prescott. Tschida has a warrant out for his arrest. Deputies became involved in a vehicle pursuit after Tschida failed to stop when deputies tried to pull him over.
Plum City School District welcomed new staff members Thursday, Aug. 24 for tours and preparation for their new roles. The Herald asked them to fill out a questionnaire, in order to introduce them to the community. William Breitsprecher Position/school: Business Education/Computer Technology, Plum City Middle School & High School Hometown: Fort Atkinson, Wis.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) branches from Pierce and St. Croix counties and Washington County (Minn.) invite the public to a summer picnic 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Prospect Park (511 Wisconsin St., Hudson). NAMI is a grassroots organization which strives to improve the quality of life for people whose lives are affected by mental illness. Its purpose is to provide support, to educate and to empower individuals and families, to promote public understanding of mental illness in order to combat stigma, and to advocate at all levels of government.
Trim-Bel Valley Dairy on Pierce-St. Croix Road near Spring Valley welcomed thousands of visitors to the 36th annual St. Croix County Farm City Day Saturday, Aug. 19. The farm, owned and operated by Jim and Lanette Harsdorf, along with their youngest son, Justin, welcomed visitors with hay rides, farm tours, a petting zoo, cheese curds with lunch, vendors and of course, ice cream.
The Ellsworth Community School District welcomed 26 new teachers and staff Thursday, Aug. 17 with breakfast and an orientation session. The first day of classes is Thursday, Aug. 24. Below are their answers to the Herald's annual new staff questionnaire. Get to know your educators. Lonnika Barbee Position/school: Middle school special education aide Hometown: River Falls Education: UW-River Falls Prior work experience: SDRF Kids Club summer program Family:
ELLSWORTH—The first day of the Pierce County Fair saw spotty showers and autumn-like temperatures, but that didn't stop the enthusiasm of fair goers Thursday, Aug. 10 in Ellsworth. Make sure to check out the thousands of 4-H and Open Class exhibits, adorned with glittering champion, blue, red, white and pink ribbons as judging is complete. Friday, Aug. 11 has a full line-up of events, including: • Jared Sherlock, a comic magician and illusionist at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the picnic shelter
Funeral services have been announced for Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke, who died Saturday, Aug. 5 at Regions Hospital after battling cancer. According to his obituary listed on the O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home website (formerly Hill Funeral Home), funeral services for Krutke will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Prescott High School (1010 Dexter St., Prescott). A burial with full military honors will take place at a later date at Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla.