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ELLSWORTH -- A minister who has served churches in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Ohio is the new pastor at Zion Covenant Church. The Rev. Corey Johnsrud, 37, and his wife and children moved to Ellsworth a little over a week ago. "I've been impressed with the welcome that we received and the warmth and the excitement about reaching out to Pierce County," Johnsrud said. A native of Montevideo, Minn., Johnsrud did his undergraduate work at North Park University and attended North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. e was ordained in 1997. The Ellsworth church is his fourth call.
Two men awaiting trial on burglary charges were arrested last Thursday apparently living in a camper parked in the cattle barn at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Cody C. Muhlhausen and Timothy Joseph "T.J." Degroat, both 19, were charged Friday with felony bail jumping, entry into a locked building and misdemeanor theft.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County will takes up to $10,000 from the $1 million Park Development Fund to help build a dam at Nugget Lake Park. The money will pay a third of the $25,250 cost the earthen dam. Of that, an estimated $8,416 will come from the development fund and the rest from the Land Conservation Department's budget. The Park Development Fund has a balance of $1,094,902. That money was collected over the years as land in the county was sold for new houses.
ELLSWORTH -- After a five-month delay, the Pierce County Board has adopted amendments to its St. Croix Riverway zoning code. The action revises county law to comply with changes the state made to Chapter NR 118 of Wisconsin's Administrative Code. The state changes were finalized in the summer of 2004. Pierce County's amendments came to the board in February.
Ben Plunkett says he brings a different perspective to the Pierce County Board and its Law Enforcement and Human Services committees. It's hard to argue with that. Plunkett has been found guilty of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, drunken driving and having sexual relations with an underage girl. Although he pleaded out a meth charge, he admits he was using the drug. A judge slapped him with a 30-day jail term for contempt of court.
After he submitted the first 368 signatures he had painstakingly collected on his nomination papers, Chip DeNure was told they would be rejected on a technicality. A state elections official said the signatures were all invalid because the date DeNure wrote at the top of the form was Sept. 12, the day of the primary election, not Nov. 7, the day of the general election. "I just wanted to crawl under the bed," said DeNure, 57, a Wisconsin probation agent on mandatory leave as he campaigns against 10-year U.S.
ELLSWORTH -- Despite doubts raised five months ago, a proposal to amend the St. Croix Riverway Ordinance will come back to the Pierce County Board unchanged since it was tabled in February. Both the Land Management Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee voted again to forward the amendments, with no changes, to the full County Board, which will meet at 7 p.m.
An attorney for the Pierce County has asked the judge for a 30- to 60-day delay in a scheduling conference for a lawsuit filed nearly four years ago by Trumpeter Development LLC. In a letter to Trempealeau County Judge John Damon, attorney Robert Horowitz asked for a postponement of a June 28 conference. Horowitz claims the plaintiffs' attorney interrupted a deposition and has put off answering a question that goes to the heart of the lawsuit in which Trumpeter is asking for over $4 million in damages. The case involves the 700-acre Trumpeter Valley development near Prescott.
ELLSWORTH -- In an attempt to take control of the 2007 funding process from the start, Pierce County's finance committee voted Monday night to direct each department to prepare a plan to cut its budget 15 percent. Each department is to set internal priorities, offering cuts in areas less important to the department. The plan must also include an analysis of the impact of the cuts.
Two women have announced their candidacies for Pierce County treasurer. Both Tami R. Langer of Ellsworth and Fay C. Owen of Maiden Rock, are running as Republicans. Lee Skog, who has been treasurer for the last 12 years, said he will not seek re-election. Skog, who turns 68 this summer, is retiring. Langer, a lifelong resident of Pierce County, has a background in banking and finance. A graduate of Ellsworth High School, she began working for M&I Bank right after graduation.