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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PRESCOTT - The Prescott City Administrator position is vacant again. In a release dated Dec. 7, Mayor Mark Huber stated the City and Mike Robertson have mutually agreed to end his employment, with his final day being Dec. 6. "This decision was made in a Special City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 4th, as only the full Council is authorized to make decisions like this, based upon recommendations from a Standing Committee and the Mayor," Huber said. In the interim, Clerk Jayne Brand will take over the Administrator duties.
A county man entered into a deferred prosecution agreement for six years after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child last week in Pierce County Circuit Court. As part of the agreement, David L. Vega, 39, River Falls, must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He was charged in October after Pierce County Sheriff's investigators became aware of the allegations in June, when Red Wing police began investigating a child abuse case from Minnesota authorities. Authorities told Red Wing police the victim, now 16, was sexually assaulted by Vega in 2002.
A River Falls man was sentenced to 2½ years prison Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court for bank robbery. Denton Ewers, 49, was also ordered to spend the next four years on extended supervision upon his release as the sentence was handed down by Pepin/Buffalo County Judge James Duvall. "If you rob a bank, bad things happen to you," Duvall said. "You cannot rob a bank and expect probation." Ewers was charged last November for robbing the First Bank of Baldwin-Plum City branch.
A Beldenville man was charged Oct. 2 in Pierce County Circuit Court with vehicular homicide and reckless driving, causing bodily harm. George D. Budd, 54, N7652 650th St., is scheduled to make his first court appearance 10:45 a.m., Oct. 23. Both charges, which stem from a March 17 incident in the town of Martell, are felonies. According to the criminal complaint: At about 8:10 p.m. March 17, Pierce County sheriff's deputies were called to a car versus motorcycle accident on 650th Street, north of County Road J. When officers arrived, Budd identified himself as the driver of the car.
Tuesday's Pierce County Board meeting was so short it was done in 15 minutes. They only talked about four issues, which were: Decided to continue on the next step in strategic planning with two sessions tentatively scheduled for January. The topics planned over those sessions are who Pierce County is - it's values, mission statement, etc.., where Pierce County is today, where Pierce County goes from here (the vision for the future) and how are we going to get there.
Dr. Christopher Tashjian talks often about the entire Ellsworth Medical Clinic being a team when it comes to patient care. Friday, Sept. 14, that team effort paid off big as the clinic received one of two nationwide awards from the Million Hearts Initiative, a public-private effort by the Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative has a goal of preventing a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The award ceremony took place at the River Falls Medical Clinic. The award was based on the Ellworth clinic's focus on managing hypertension.
PRESCOTT - What was hoped to be a debate between the two candidates for Pierce County District Attorney Thursday at Prescott Kiwanis never materialized. Incumbent John O'Boyle showed up and spent his time talking about what the District Attorney's office does and outlined the reasons why he should get another four years. "This is an important election," O'Boyle said about the upcoming Tuesday election.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Meyer threw out the first pitch before Sunday's Minnesota Twins-Cleveland Indians baseball game at Target Field. The five-year-old autistic Meyer went missing from his rural Prescott home for 21 hours before being found July 4 by Ellsworth native Jason Moser and his dog Autumn. Sunday was Autism Awareness Day at Target Field and the Meyer family was invited by Brad Trahan, Executive Director of the RT Autism Awareness Foundation, Inc., to throw out the first pitch. The foundation members was able to walk the field and then sit in their own section.
Last week could have possibly been the longest week of Neil Gulbranson's career with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. The humble Gulbranson spent more time than he would ever like accepting congratulations and good luck, as last week was his final week with the department after 39 years, the last 27 as chief deputy. "Keep it short," he said Thursday before former Board Chairman Paul Barkla presented him a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol. His fellow workers thought differently.
PRESCOTT--Mike Robertson was spending an internship at the City of Hastings (Minn.) when the administrator there gave him some advice. "He said I should consider administration because you have the personality for it," Robertson said. Robertson took the advice to heart, as he's been a city administrator in Isanti, Oak Park Heights and Otsego, Minn., for the last 22 years. On June 4, Robertson became administrator for the fourth time, this time in the City of Prescott. He succeeds Elizabeth Frueh, who resigned last year to take a job with UW-River Falls.