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 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.
Who doesn't like laughing? It's supposed to be the best medicine, right? The cast and crew of the Great River Road Theatre production "This Must Be The Place" promises laughs from start to finish in the group's latest dinner theatre selection, set to premiere Friday, Feb. 3. Co-directors and River Falls area residents Judy Johnson and Marie-Anne Deiss chose the farce because of that non-stop laughter. "It's over-acting, it's over-stating," Johnson said. "It's over the top. You can be more dramatic in a farce than in a comedy."
ELLSWORTH — As the opening of the new Pierce County Sheriff's Department/Jail approaches, building supplies are getting stocked in preparation. On Oct. 27, Xcel Energy's Prairie Island nuclear plant provided $53,193 in funding to Pierce County for a new emergency operations center. Pierce County Emergency Management Director Gary Brown requested the funding for materials in a letter dated Oct. 14. At the Jan. 24 Pierce County Board meeting, supervisors heard the first reading of a resolution to accept the donation.
MADISON -- Childless adults would pay more for Medicaid, take drug tests and have their coverage limited to four years in a request the state will soon make to the Trump administration. State Medicaid director Michael Heifetz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the feds will soon be asked for the okay to let the state charge premiums of $1 to $5 per month for childless adults, with higher premiums for those with risky behaviors like smoking -- and those who don't pass drug tests would get treatment.
A former Pierce County human resources manager died by suicide last week amidst an investigation for alleged misconduct in a position he took after leaving Ellsworth. Raymond "R.J." Weitz, 63, killed himself Dec. 29, Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman confirmed last Thursday. Weitz lived in Stevens Point. Weitz, who served as Pierce County human resources manager from April 2014 through October 2015, worked as human resources director for Langlade County in northeastern Wisconsin from October 2015 until Nov. 18, 2016.