Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. 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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TOWN OF TRIMBELLE -- Two people were airlifted from the scene of a head-on crash Wednesday, June 20 in the town of Trimbelle. Wisconsin State Patrol troopers responded to the scene of the crash at about 4:35 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and County Road J in the town of Trimbelle.
HUDSON -- A Menomonie man suffered life threatening injuries after a semi-tractor pinned his vehicle against a cement barrier on Interstate 94 in Hudson Saturday, May 20. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the crash around 1 p.m. near mile mark 1 in St. Croix County.
The Tri4Grace Memorial Triathlon, held Saturday, May 13 in River Falls, saw more than 100 racers/teams, said event organizer Suzanne Goblirsch. The triathlon is in memory of Grace Goblirsch, a 2011 River Falls High School graduate who died Aug. 23, 2013 after rigorous treatments for acute myeloid leukemia. Tri4Grace is a sprint triathlon/ duathlon that starts with a 500-yard indoor pool swim, followed by a 10-mile bike ride, and finishes with a 2-mile run.
MADISON -- State lawmakers want more of a say in a trust fund for veterans' benefits, after $55 million were transferred to that fund from the King Veterans Home. The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously Thursday to make the veterans' agency notify the panel about proposed fund transfers, giving lawmakers two weeks to object. The fund transfers from King happened while the facility was delaying $20 million in needed maintenance work.
TOWN OF CLIFTON -- A car crash late Wednesday in the town of Clifton sent two women to the hospital. According to reports, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle crash at 9:16 p.m. near State Highway 29 and County Road F.
MADISON -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 3.4 percent, the lowest in 17 years. The seasonally adjusted rate for March dropped by 3 tenths-of-one-percent from February. A survey of almost 1,000 households estimates that total employment for the month grew by 16,000 -- but the federal government's limited survey of employers only showed an increase of 500 private sector jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Robert G. Ballinger, 30, Hastings, Minn., pleaded innocent and posted a $3,000 signature bond on counts of theft — movable property and entry into locked vehicle March 13. The charges resulted from a Jan. 17 incident in Ellsworth. Jeffrey T. Bettin, 37, Stillwater, Minn., pleaded innocent and posted a $500 signature bond on a violate/harassment restraining order charge March 16. The charge stemmed from incidents on and between Oct. 30 and Nov. 9 in River Falls.
MADISON -- Wisconsin continues to lag behind two thirds of the states in its pace of job creation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Wisconsin had a year-to-year private sector job growth of 1 percent as of last September, with 25,600 jobs created during that 12-month period.
“Farewell, faithful servant. The bell has tolled.” St. Croix County dispatch announced Spring Valley (retired) Fire Chief Terry Shafer’s end of watch and final page at 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 3 over the scanner as he was being laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the town of El Paso.
TOWN OF GILMAN -- Multiple stolen items were found at a town of Gilman property over the weekend after a tip from a victim led to an investigation resulting in a search warrant. According to a news release from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, police recovered a 2012 CAT skid steer, a Dodge truck, 13 cargo and enclosed trailers, a 2004 Kubota tractor with a dump trailer and an ATV at N7082 330th St., Spring Valley. Pierce County tax records list Honeycrest Farms, Inc., as the property owner.