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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MAIDEN ROCK -- Jody Werner spent his formative years constructing and designing forts with multiple levels, even installing trap doors on the second floor. Picking a career was an easy call. "I've always been intrigued by construction," he said. "I've always wanted to go into construction and own my own business." The Appleton, Wis., native accomplished both goals. He is his own boss -- again -- thanks to the launch of Busy Bee Construction and Design in May.
A Plum City man was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with multiple counts relating to an incident last month when he allegedly threw a liquor bottle through a teenager's windshield while he was driving. Michael Lifto, 35, was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment and two misdemeanors -- criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. The felony carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and 12 years and six months prison if found guilty. He makes his first court appearance on the charges at 10 a.m. Aug.
HAGER CITY -- Jim Meisser has called Wisconsin home for most of his life. For the last few years, Meisser has worked for the Chicago field office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and realized he needed a change. "You can take the boy out of Wisconsin, but not Wisconsin out of the boy," his wife, Jeanene, explained. With that in mind, Jim, who has been a banking regulator for 25 years, and Jeanene, who has worked in banks all her career, set their paths on a new horizon. Enter Hiawatha National Bank with its locations in Hager City, Maiden Rock and Glenwood City. "We loved
A former Pierce County man has turned to the Court of Appeals in hopes of being released from prison. Late last month, Paul Krauss, 42, filed an appeal asking that the verdict and sentence he received in 2007 be overturned. A jury found Krauss guilty in March 2007 of felony second-degree sexual assault, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, misdemeanor violating an injunction and bail jumping.
The Ellsworth Fire Department was called Monday afternoon to the Scotty Roberts residence, N4206 810th St., for a house fire. According to Roberts, the gentleman he's buying the house from used water from a spigot for the horses. He used a torch, something he had done in the past, to thaw it out and the next thing he knew it had caught fire and started the house on fire. Roberts and his wife were arriving upon the scene when that happened.
Chuck Balzer is proud to say he started Pierce County's Long-Term Support 25 years ago when he was first hired. "I'm going to miss the people -- both the consumers and the clients," he said of his retirement. "Working for the county and human services has been like a second family. I have nothing but great thoughts about the folks that I work with." Balzer grew up in Red Wing and graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
ELLSWORTH -- Charges were filed Monday in Pierce County Court against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting children. Bruce Joelson, 43, St. Paul, faces two felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age and one felony count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. The criminal complaint reports three incidents in 2004 in Isabelle Township. The first charge involves sexual contact with a then-7-year-old girl.
ELLSWORTH -- Charges were filed Monday in Pierce County Court against a Minnesota man accused of sexually assaulting three children. Bruce Joelson, 43, St. Paul, faces two felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age and one felony count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. The criminal complaint reports three incidents in 2004 in Isabelle Township. The first charge involves sexual contact with a then-7-year-old girl.
A Minnesota man was sentenced to five years prison for his role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City in May. Roger Bugh, 40, was sentenced Friday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Pepin/Buffalo Circuit Court Judge James Duvall. "Confinement is needed to protect the public," Duvall said. "The length of the prison sentence is reasonable to protect the public." Duvall also ordered Bugh to five years extended supervision once his prison term is complete. Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Dispatch received an alarm call from the bank.
ELLSWORTH -- Julie Mathews was seeking a career change. After working with animals for several years, the River Falls native was seeking something different. What she settled on was indeed that -- electrolysis. "Electrolysis interested me, so I went for it," she said. "I liked its detailed work, the fact I could help others, and that I could run my own business." Mathews got her certification from the River Rock Electrology Institute in Eau Claire in January.