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Pierce County's "Shop With a Cop" program is back for its fourth year, set to give children in need a ride with law enforcement officials and a roughly $100 shopping spree at Shopko. The annual program is set for 4-8 p.m. at Ellsworth Elementary School. Fifty kids will be paired with an officer to do various activities at the school together, and later will ride with officers to go on a short shopping spree for Christmas gifts for family and themselves.
Pierce County jailers are getting protections back, a move that Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove hopes will help the county retain employees. At a Dec. 3 Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, the committee brought protections back. The protected status gives collective bargaining rights and other benefits like an earlier retirement to nine of the county's 15 jailers, and any newly hired jailers in the future.
A 90-day trade battle truce between the United States and China has given some relief to Pierce County Information Services, the county government provider of technology services.
In October, Pierce County brought on its first-ever dementia care specialist, mirroring a state effort to combat a growing dementia problem. Elmwood area resident Amy Luther is one of 24 dementia care specialists throughout the state which covers 34 of Wisconsin's 72 counties; three of the specialists are based in tribal areas. The state-funded positions are part of an increased focus by the state to address a growing dementia issue.
Mirroring national enthusiasm, Pierce County voter turnout in 2018 had a sizable growth from the last midterm election in 2014. In Pierce, there were 17,614 voters, not including absentee voters, compared to 14,743 four years ago. Nationally, voter turnout for a midterm was at historic rates, with roughly 49 percent of eligible voters participating and over 116 million votes cast, according to data from the United States Election Project.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved a roughly $19 million net county levy, with a roughly .6 percent increase in the overall county levy, at its Nov. 13 meeting. The budget includes several new positions, froze library reimbursement funding at 80 percent for two years and a standard pay raise for employees. The board also approved a new bargaining agreement with protected sheriff's office employees and approved the new, non-interim administrative coordinator.
Two men are accused of entering and stealing from several University of Wisconsin - River Falls dorm rooms on Oct. 25. UWRF and River Falls police found the two men, Dashaun Lawson, 20, and Levon Smith, 19, in the dorm of Smith's new romantic partner, a student, according to a criminal complaint. The two allegedly stole several laptops, cash and other belongings of four different students, and entered another two students' dorms, according to a criminal complaint.
In 1995, Deena Reisman didn't take her husband Steve's plans to start an internet business very seriously. Quickly though, she realized the River Falls business named PressEnter was a legitimate venture and she joined on to handle finances. "I didn't know what to think of it initially," Reisman said. "When it started to pick up a little bit more, I turned to [Steve] and said 'Wait, you're going to need me to work for you.'"
A drunk, erratic woman resisted arrest, attacked officers and fled from a Prescott police officer's car after she had been cuffed on Oct. 24. Megan R. Larson, 30, Prescott, was allegedly kicked out of the Broad Street Bar after she drunkenly attacked several bar customers, was later approached by police, whom she attacked, and escaped a police car. Prescott officers later arrested Larson and charged her with battery to a law enforcement officer, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.
Editor's note: This story is part of a series on Pierce County Clerk of Courts candidates. Find the rest of the story here. Kerry Feuerhelm Age: 48 Address: Ellsworth Website: www.votekerryforpcclerkofcourt.com Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerry-feuerhelm-286595b4/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/VoteKerryforPCClerkofCourt Education: Graduated from Ellsworth High School. Graduated from Dakota County Technical College from the Travel Planner program.