Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. 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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Many area schools have announced they will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 17 due to icy road conditions. Ellsworth Community School District released this statement at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday: "Ellsworth Community Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan.17 due to the icy road conditions. Concern over icy conditions for bus routes and a desire to allow families time to make arrangements were foremost in this decision. Please check school websites for additional information." Other area school closings include:
The Herald appreciates that people see it as a source of investigative journalism. We take pride in digging into stories, gleaning facts from a sometimes muddied swirl of confusion, emotions and perspectives. This past year there has been enough village and town government news to fill more pages than we’re allotted each week. The editor commented last week that she sometimes feels like Erin Brockovich with less cool shoes.
TOWN OF MARTELL -- Law enforcement officials were rerouting traffic on Highway 63 in the town of Martell at about 1 p.m. Wednesday after scanner traffic reported a two-vehicle crash with injuries. The crash occurred at about 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of 690th Avenue and Highway 63. Roadways at the time of the crash were icy with some snow coverage. Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Ellsworth Ambulance and Ellsworth Fire were responding. This article will be updated as more details become available.
SPRING VALLEY -- He’s not riding off into the sunset and he won’t be wearing the white fire chief’s hat anymore, as he passes that onto the next man. But Spring Valley Fire Chief Terry Shafer can’t imagine not being a part of the fire department he led for 30 years. Although the chief title was passed on to longtime Assistant Fire Chief Mike Fitzjarrell Jan. 1, Shafer will continue to serve on the department.
ELLSWORTH -- Another snowy morning was expected Wednesday, Jan. 11 in western Wisconsin, with snow tapering off late morning. The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect until noon for the Twin Cities metropolitan area with total snow accumulations expected in the 2-to-4 inch range. Enjoy this video showing the Pierce County seat Ellsworth under a winter blanket of white.
PIERCE COUNTY -- The deadline for filing candidacy papers to appear on the Tuesday, April 4 ballot passed at 5 p.m. Jan. 3, with five races developing so far in Pierce County. Filings indicate contests will take place in the villages of Elmwood and Ellsworth, the city of River Falls, the town of Trenton and in Plum City School District.
ELLSWORTH -- A proposed affordable housing project in Ellsworth has come to a grinding halt. Ellsworth Village Board members revealed at the Jan. 9 meeting that Impact Seven, a private nonprofit corporation specializing in economic development, housing development and property management, has withdrawn interest in a $3.5-4 million proposed project.
ELLSWORTH/RIVER FALLS -- When Matt Lambert joined RiverTown Multimedia as a reporter in December, he was ready to jump into assignments with both feet, his recorder and pen. He was pleased when he was leading the Herald’s friendly competition between reporters to determine the best Christmas movie on a website poll. That was until sports reporter Jalen Knuteson allegedly began lobbying people to vote for his film.
LANGLADE COUNTY -- A former Pierce County human resources director died by suicide last week amidst an investigation for alleged misconduct in a position he took after leaving Ellsworth. Raymond “R.J.” Weitz, 63, killed himself Dec. 29, Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman confirmed on Thursday. Weitz lived in Stevens Point.
ELLSWORTH -- After decades of debate and deliberation, Pierce County officials broke ground for a new sheriff’s department and jail facility March 24 at 555 Overlook Drive near Shopko in Ellsworth. Occupancy is projected for July 2017.