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The 68th annual Pierce County Dairy Banquet was held Thursday, Oct. 18 in Elmwood. The night was filled with somber discussion on the state of the dairy economy, but speeches were centered around positivity and how to focus on industry messaging. Awards for top dairy producers, area youth and others were given out by area organizations.
Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee recommended Jason Matthys fill the administrative coordinator position at a Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting. Already the interim administrative coordinator, Matthys was one of three candidates interviewed at Tuesday's meeting. The recommendation will be reviewed at the November county board meeting, where the board will vote whether or not to confirm Matthys. The administrative coordinator helps establish the county's annual budget, direct departments and other supervising and managerial roles for the county.
An intimate night quickly turned south after a Hudson man met a woman through an online dating site, and the woman allegedly stole property from him after he says he was drugged. Gretchen Gutierrez Montenegro, 37, Champlin, Minnesota, allegedly stole over $7,500 in property from the man after the two met on the online dating site Zoosk. The stolen property included several guns, and other property and personal documents valued between $2,500 and $5,000.
A 21-year-old Amery man was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, after being found passed out in his vehicle in the New Richmond Middle School parking lot. St. Croix County officers found Jordan Feyen with a number of drugs including LSD and cocaine, along with almost $1,300 in his possession on Oct. 16. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kids warned for 'tping' Police caught kids "tping," or throwing toilet paper on properties at 12:09 a.m. Oct. 5 at N6309 1323rd St. in Prescott. The officer warned them and told them to go home, according to a blotter report. Bear the dog is missing A brindle-colored, male corgi-poodle-chihuahua mix dog named Bear is missing, according to a blotter report made at 1:58 p.m. Oct. 2 at W8071 290th Ave. in Hager City. The dog was last seen on Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. Child abuse
A 45-year-old man was charged with felony hit and run-involve injury Sept. 24 after he allegedly failed to report hitting another vehicle, drove away and caused injuries to the other driver on June 23 in the town of Trimbelle.
Care for about 2,000 animals saved in connection to a suspected Pierce County-based animal-fighting is estimated at almost $500,000. At an Oct. 3 civil hearing for Senyen Vang and Houa Dai Yang — who are facing numerous drug and animal crime charges from the county and state — Pierce County Assistant Corporation Counsel attorney Jason Fey said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated 30-day animal caretaking costs to be $496,755.
A longtime Spring Valley firefighter was honored at a U.S Fire Service memorial on Sunday. Terry Shafer, Spring Valley's fire chief for 30 years, was among 103 other firefighters who died in duty and were honored at the Emmitsburg, Maryland service at the National Fire Academy. As part of the service, his name was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the academy's grounds.
A roughly 11-month, $1 million U.S. Highway 10 bridge rehabilitation project should cause few headaches for area residents. The project — which includes replacing expansion joints, concrete deck repairs and other minor maintenance for the 25-year-old bridge — is currently restricting traffic to one lane on each side. The construction started in early September, and is expected to end in June 2019.
Pierce County officers stopped a burglary at the home of a woman who is facing numerous animal and drug-related charges, two weeks after the woman reported an alleged theft there. According to a Pierce County Sheriff's Office report, officers responded to a call that two men were on Senyen Vang's property at County Road BB in the town of Gilman on Sept. 25. The men, Cheng Xiong and Tou Khang, allegedly attempted to take a car that belonged to Vang. Khang said he had purchased the car as a "fixer upper" from Houa Yang, Vang's boyfriend, and said he knew Yang.