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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Authorities allege a River Falls man charged with felony business setting theft received more than $200,000 in kickbacks and gifts for a period of three years while working for a Hager City-based company. Daniel W. Briese, 48, was charged Sept. 26 in Pierce County Circuit Court with felony theft—business setting over $10,000 and agent accept commission/bonus in relation to alleged incidents on and between Aug. 18, 2014 and April 19, 2016. If convicted of the felony, he could face up to 10 years in prison and at maximum a $25,000 fine. According to the complaint:
Each year, the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Kiwanis team up to welcome new staff to the Prescott School District and St. Joseph Parish School. This year 11 people began new positions in the public school system. The Herald asked them to fill out a questionnaire in order to introduce them to the community. Nine responded: Wendi Busscher Position/school: Guidance office secretary, Prescott High School Hometown: Rosemount, Minnesota, but live in Hudson now Education: Minnesota State University-Mankato, M.A. in urban planning
Ellsworth Community School District parents received notification of a power outage at Hillcrest Elementary and Ellsworth High School at about 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2. The automated message stated that an electrical pole north of the high school caught fire, causing an outage to those two schools. Crews are on the scene; power is expected to be restored within an hour.
St. Francis Catholic School in Ellsworth has welcomed a new principal and teacher to its staff this year. Head teacher Mary Gardas, who served in the principal role last year, has taken a position in the Elmwood School District. The Herald asks new school staff to fill out a questionnaire each fall in order to introduce them to the community. Here are their responses: Chuck Buckel Position: Principal, St. Francis Catholic School Hometown: Nashua, Iowa
Records released from the Prescott Police Department and City Administrator Jayne Brand document months of alleged insubordination and policy violations by three employees who were fired in August. Brand released the records to RiverTown Multimedia Thursday, Sept. 28, which contain detailed reports about former probationary police officers Bryan Massman and Ryan Most, as well as former administrative assistant Erin Most — Ryan Most's wife — and the actions leading up to their dismissals. Erin Most
Two vehicles overturned into a corn field Wednesday, Sept. 26 after a collision in the town of Trimbelle. Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the two-vehicle crash at 9:48 a.m. at the intersection of 750th Street and 450th Avenue.
The Spring Valley Homecoming Pep Fest not only had entertaining skits Thursday, Sept. 28, but hosted the coronation as well. Pictured are freshmen homecoming court members Larissa Stark and Nathan Fesenmaier; sophomores Morgan Rustad and Aaron Borgerding; juniors Camryn Wegner and Braedon Dumond; seniors Kallie Stone and Jarod Rielly, Carley Laffin and Zacc Larson, Destiny Williams and Tyler Leach; Queen Brianna O’Brien and King Sergio Rivero.
A Prescott man charged with first-degree attempted homicide will see his case go before a jury at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in Pierce County Circuit Court. Dennis Allan Frank, 66, also faces aggravated battery by use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment charges stemming from an Aug. 15 incident at 635 Pine St. in Prescott in which Frank is accused of stabbing his roommate, a 51-year-old woman who was rushed to Regions Hospital for emergency surgery. The charging document states she lost about 2 liters of blood during the episode.
A 60-year-old New Richmond man was airlifted from the scene of a motorcycle crash at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the town of Trimbelle. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release, the man lost control of a 2008 Honda motorcycle on County Road O near 430th Avenue. He was driving alone and not wearing a helmet.
An Elmwood man and former Junior Redbirds football coach faces three felony charges after allegedly soliciting sex from a minor online. Daniel Bengtson, 32, was charged with sexual assault of child under 16, child enticement and use a computer to facilitate a child sex crime Monday, Sept. 11 in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. He was released on a $2,000 signature bond with provisions that prohibit him from having any unsupervised contact with minor children nor internet contact with anyone under age 16.