John R. Russett
John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts.
You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett
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A former Pierce County Sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony theft in Pierce County Circuit Court Friday, Dec. 22. Robby Joel Jaeger, 35, who worked as a Spring Valley police officer until November 2012, was charged with felony theft as well as unauthorized use of a Village of Spring Valley credit card, according to a criminal complaint filed in early September.
RED WING, Minn. — By the time the flurry of back-to-school bedlam begins to subside, the proverbial dust begins to settle, and the sun sets on the final day of summer freedom, many teachers have dipped into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classrooms. On average, according to education publishing company Scholastic, educators spent an average of $530 of their own money for classroom items last school year.
Aside from the issues at Emerald Sky Dairy in St. Croix County, Tuls Dairies has dealt with infractions before. A search of public records showed: • In June 2014, a worker at Double Dutch Dairy in Nebraska was struck and killed by a front-end loader hauling hay. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed the driver had an obstructed view. In November of that year, the dairy was cited and fined $22,500 by OSHA for four "serious violations," according to an OSHA news release.
Houlton Elementary School was one of two schools in Wisconsin nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, “The awards program recognizes schools and districts that act to reduce their environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.”
On a 3-2 vote, the St. Croix County Community Development Committee last week sent a proposed moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) to the county board for consideration at its November meeting. Technically, though no agenda has been set, the board could act on the moratorium at its November meeting, though community development committee chairperson Agnes Ring said an informational session for the board is planned in December.
ELMWOOD — A 68-year-old western Wisconsin man faces possible criminal charges after authorities seized four dozen dogs from his breeding facility. Stuart West of Elmwood was booked into the Pierce...
Silence filled courtroom 2B in the Goodhue County (Minnesota) Justice Center in anticipation of the arrival of Tanner Jess Rix, who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder --...
Less than two weeks after being formally charged in Goodhue County District Court, Tanner Jess Rix pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with intent, according to a news release from the...
A 23-year-old Lake City, Minn., man, who was found standing outside a black 1999 Mercury Cougar near Baldwin with the body of his girlfriend — a gunshot wound to the...
The driver of the truck involved in the crash in Maiden Rock Tuesday evening has died, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Bruce Drennan, 47, of New Caney, Texas, was flown to Regions Hospital Tuesday evening after his truck travelling southbound on County Road S in Maiden Rock lost its brakes, went through the intersection on Highway 35, hit an embankment, flipped onto the railroad tracks and burst into flames, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.