New reporter takes over Roberts, Hammond beat
Two weeks ago, former New Richmond News Reporter Sarah Young, a Prescott resident, announced in a column that she was leaving the paper to take on a role as editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth.
This week, former Pierce County Herald reporter Jason Schulte, a Roberts resident, took over for Young as the newest reporter at the New Richmond News.
Schulte joins part-time reporter Tom Lindfors, reporter Jordan Willi, longtime sports editor Dave Newman and editor Micheal Foley on the newspaper’s editorial staff.
Schulte grew up in the small town of Pierz, Minn., which is situated between Brainerd and St. Cloud. As the son of a high school math teacher, Schulte quickly got to know just about everyone in town. He said the experience growing up in such a town has served him well so far in his career covering similar small towns for local newspapers in this area.
Schulte studied journalism at Winona State University before landing his first newspaper job just down the road in Glenwood City at the Tribune Press Reporter in 2005. For 18 months, he covered school board, city council, sporting events in both Glenwood City and Boyceville.
From there, Schulte landed a job with the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth in 2006, where he stayed for eight years. There, he covered court proceedings, county board, the sheriff’s office and a variety of other community news.
The aspect of community journalism that Schulte enjoys most is the unpredictable nature of news.
“You never know what you’re going to get,” Schulte said. “You could be in the middle of typing up a story, and then all of a sudden you hear a call for an accident on the scanner. I like that it could be something different every day.”
Schulte said the biggest challenge of his last job was earning the trust of entrenched locals who view all outsiders with skepticism, but he doesn’t expect that to be a challenge with the New Richmond News.
Schulte and his wife Michelle have lived in Roberts since 2012, and they are very familiar with the St. Croix Central School District. The Schultes have two daughters, Lauren, 7, and Hannah, 4, and moving the family to Roberts from River Falls was a calculated move.
“My wife and I both come from small towns, so we wanted something where the kids could have a small town feel yet still do stuff, especially at school” Schulte said. “It looks like we got lucky with Central.”
Schulte will cover the communities of Hammond and Roberts for the New Richmond News, as well as the St. Croix Central School District.