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A woman charged with three felony counts of theft in connection with the alleged pilfering money from Hudson Middle School funds and other organizations made an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Brenda L. Lutovsky, 42, was represented by Steve Meshbesher at the Dec. 22 hearing. Judge Eric J. Lundell set a preliminary hearing for March 2 at 1 p.m. Court records list a post office box number in Sarasota, Fla., for her address.
Steve Lewis is hanging it up after 26 years with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. His last day is Dec. 31. But he isn't getting entirely away from law enforcement although his future plans include starting a new business. "I will be a part-time police chief in Star Prairie," Lewis said during a reception honoring his retirement in the government center Friday, Dec. 16. His new business plans include distributing barbeque equipment from small to large. Some outdoor cookers are big enough to roast a hog. "They are small and large, from home to commercial use.
Dave Gifford is about to embark on his third career. The 55-year-old Hudson native will retire from the St. Croix County sheriff's Department Dec. 31 after 18 and one-half years. He plans to pursue another career in the Hudson area but wasn't at liberty to disclose exactly the nature of his new endeavor during a conversation in his office last week. Gifford went through the old traditional ladder of promotion at the sheriff's department.
An attempt to consolidate and streamline St. Croix County's solid waste reduction, recovery and recycling ordinance ran into some rough road last month at a public hearing. A proposed new ordinance that was designed to make things simple garnered a substantial reaction. "At the Nov. 30 public hearing, 20 individuals submitted written or verbal comments, 15 were against the proposal," said Ellen Denzer, county senior planner.
The St. Croix County Transportation Committee will hear appeals to highway department decisions on access to county roads following a resolution passed by the board of supervisors Tuesday morning. The resolution was developed because there was no appeals process in place to deal with decision made by the highway commissioner on issues dealing with county roadways.
If you are looking for that special Christmas gift for the man who has everything or is hard to buy for, maybe your source has a Hudson connection. John Adams-Graf edits Military Vehicles Magazine and Military Trader out of his Crooked Creek Publishing Co.
While we honored those who have served our country on Veterans Day last Friday, I was reminded of two World War II veterans we lost not long before. Mary Hoel, who served in the U.S. Navy WAVES and Dick Peulen, who was in the Army Air Corps and served all over the South Pacific Theater and in Japan after the war ended. Mary died Oct. 11 at age 89. Dick died Nov.
Greg Timmerman has given notice he is resigning as Corporation Counsel after 26 years of service to St. Croix County. Timmerman, 60, is the first and only corporation counsel the county has had. He took over the job on Jan. 1, 1990, when the position was created. "It's my time to go," he said during a recent conversation in his office. His last day will be Nov. 18. "I'm not sure I want to be a lawyer anymore. It's time to find something else to do," Timmerman said. He started work with the county as an ADA in May 1985 for district attorney, now Judge Eric Lundell.
Dave Fodroczi is retiring . . . sort of. The 60-year-old director of the St. Croix County Planning and Zoning Department is moving on to another entity after more than 21 years. But he isn't going that far away. Fodroczi said he will take a week off then move into his new position as executive director of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust in River Falls. "Retirement is a word I've struggled with," he said. "I'm excited to take on a new opportunity. This isn't farewell, I'm not changing teams, just a new uniform with a new number," he told the St.
The 2012 St. Croix County budget was approved by a resounding majority Tuesday morning during a long presentation and discussion period that included a few verbal assaults on the county's nursing home. The board of supervisors voted 14-2 to adopt the budget including a $29 million levy. County administrator Pat Thompson gave an exhaustive review of the budget that came out with a bottom line that included a 6.79 percent reduction from 2011 total. Thompson's powerpoint charts showed a steady decline in the total budget since 2008.