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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.
ELLSWORTH -- Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee. Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before the 2008 royalty will be chosen June 26 during the Cheese Curd Festival. Ashton Gusa, former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth. The committee released Kreig due to unexcused absences. The committee cited three guidelines in the handbook given to prospective candidates. The first one is "two unexcused absences may be grounds for dismissal.
Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee. Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before new royalty will be chosen. The 2008 coronation will take place during the Cheese Curd Festival pageant scheduled for June 26. Ashton Gusa, the former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth. The committee informed the Herald Monday afternoon of the reasons for dismissal.
School referendums in Ellsworth and Plum City were defeated, highlighting the election results within the county yesterday. The Ellsworth referendum, which was asking for $950,000 a year, starting in 2008-2009 and ending in 2013-14, was defeated by a 877-595 vote. Meanwhile, Plum City, who was asking for $350,000 a year, starting next year and ending in 2010-2011 was defeated by a 747-98 vote. In a surprise, both Plum City school board incumbents, Mark Sweeney and Shirley Gilles were defeated. Challenger Kurt Henn led with 587 votes, while write-in candidate Andy Wieser had 578.
Mary LeMay faced a difficult decision. For over 20 years, she had operated two therapeutic massage centers in North Dakota. However, LeMay was feeling torn because eight to nine hours away in the Ellsworth and Red Wing area is where her mother, daughter and son-in-law, along with her grandchildren, all lived. Should she stay in North Dakota or be closer to her family? "Family came first," she said, sitting in her new business, Therapeutic Massage Center in Ellsworth. It opened in January.
ELLSWORTH -- When Bob Rhiel first started with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in 1984, he received advice he carries with him to this day. "Terry DuBois said that, even though you have a gun and carry a badge, you get up the same way everyone does and you put your pants on the same way everyone does," he said.
Great Rivers Land Development has broken ground on Prescott's newest housing development. Located one mile south of Prescott on Highway 35, the nearly 200-acre development will feature townhomes and single-family homes. Co-owner Lynn Most said the first phase will be 17 detached townhomes that come with some acreage. Most said the average size will be about a third of an acre. Interior features are a three-car garage with above storage, three bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, handicap accessibility, custom maple cabinets, whirlpool tub and gas fireplace.