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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Area schools have closed Friday, Feb. 24 in anticipation of a winter storm. Ellsworth Community School District residents received a phone call notification at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, announcing the district closing in anticipation of the snowfall and high winds, especially in the southern portion of the district. Updates will be posted to the school district website www.ellsworth.k12.wi.us as needed. Other area schools have also closed, including: Baldwin-Woodville Pepin Red Wing
ELLSWORTH -- She was a classmate of Jacob Wetterling. She remembers vividly the day her friend went missing 27 years ago. Now she works with families of missing persons and teaches kids and teens about personal and online safety. “I want to learn everything I can about this so this never happens again,” Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Program Manager Alison Feigh told Ellsworth Middle School students Monday, Feb. 13. “Jacob believed things should be fair. He was a really good friend to other kids.”
Ellsworth Ray Huppert Utility customers may have a light at the end of a long, watery tunnel. The Ellsworth Village Board voted for the village to provide the sale of water to Ray Huppert Utility, Inc. at a special meeting held Thursday, Feb. 16. Public Works Director Greg Engeset said there was hardly any discussion prior to the unanimous decision. RHU serves approximately 50 residents on Ellsworth's northwestern edge in the Dar-Ray and Golf Course Lane additions.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner resembled a scene from the Roaring 20s — fitting, as the theme was “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The event, held Monday, Feb. 20, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls, drew 135 area business people and their guests.
Spring-like temperatures inspired anglers to shed their coats and almost break out the sunscreen Saturday, Feb. 18, in Spring Valley and the Rush River Valley. The Spring Valley Lions Club Fishing Derby, which took place at Eau Galle Recreation Area on Lake George, also hosted a demonstration by the Pierce County Dive Team.
PRESCOTT -- Pierce County’s commitment to Drug Abuse Resistance Education is evident. On Thursday, Feb. 2, Prescott schools hosted D.A.R.E. officer training exercises for the sixth year in a row. Twenty-five potential D.A.R.E. officers tested their newly learned drug education skills at Malone Elementary School, Malone Intermediate School and Prescott Middle School after taking part in a two-week course at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul, Minn.
“Blaming others is an act of refusing to take responsibility. When a person can’t accept the fact or the reality, they blame another person or the situation instead of taking accountability.” — author Dee Dee Artner. Not taking responsibility for one’s own actions is becoming an epidemic. “I didn’t finish my project because my teacher didn’t give me enough time.” The student had the assignment a month ahead of time.
Mark C. Anderson, 37, Alma, pleaded guilty and entered a deferred prosecution agreement on a felony stalking charge Jan. 30. He was also convicted of violate harassment/restraining order, sentenced to one year of probation and fined $443. The charges resulted from incidents between October 2015 and April 2016, and May 10 in Spring Valley. Trevor M. Bolland, 38, Red Wing, Minn., posted a $10,000 signature bond on a felony OWI-fourth charge Jan. 30. The charge stemmed from a Jan. 29 incident in the town of Trenton.
Bay City Three Bay City men have filed complaints with the Wisconsin Elections Commission after learning they will not be on the April 4 ballot for Bay City Village Board. The three challengers nominated at the Jan. 11 caucus failed to file the required paperwork by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, as state law dictates; they say it's not their fault. Kent Carlson was nominated at the caucus, as was incumbent village president James Turvaville, while David Meixner and Steve Meixner were nominated for trustee positions, along with incumbents Jesse Hohmann and Jon Ebensperger.
TOWN OF GILMAN -- Multiple stolen items were found at a town of Gilman property over the weekend after a tip from a victim led to an investigation resulting in a search warrant. According to a news release from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, police recovered a 2012 CAT skid steer, a Dodge truck, 13 cargo and enclosed trailers, a 2004 Kubota tractor with a dump trailer and an ATV at N7082 330th St., Spring Valley. Pierce County tax records list Honeycrest Farms, Inc., as the property owner.