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The pay for performance (P4P) program for county employees took another step toward completion Tuesday morning when the Board of Supervisors approved a resolution for a union pay plan and adjustments. Although union sheriff's department personnel and highway department employees have yet to negotiate a new contract, the resolution completes the wage restructuring process across the board. The resolution covers 154 union employees and merges two collective bargaining units into one wage grid, said County Administrator Pat Thompson. The new scale resulted from a wage study by a consu
The incessant snowy weather in the Hudson area of late may not be conducive to thoughts of fishing on open water, but one resident has already started the bass season. Jason Hawksford, Hudson, and his teammate Cody Lincoln, Okauchee, both sophomores at UW-Stevens Point, participated in the FLW College Bass Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., March 16. "When we got down there Friday night it was 80 degrees.
Scotty Ard, center, New Richmond, and Aleisha Miller, right, of the land and water department, received certificates of appreciation from the county for their work with an historical display they compiled on the long history of the county farm in New Richmond. The awards were presented at the March 7 board of supervisors meeting by administrator Pat Thompson, left.
Long serving officers of municipalities in St. Croix County were recognized by the board of supervisors March 7. The group includes, from left, Tom Caflisch, River Falls City Council, Lois Burri, town of Cylon treasurer for 34 years, Katy Kapaun, Roberts, Steve Peterson, Hammond, George Klein, North Hudson, Chuck Pizzi, Roberts, and Ken Peterson, Hammond.
With St. Patrick's Day approaching Sunday, it may be time to explore some of the myths, legends and anecdotes about the saint and his day. A perusal of the web is responsible for most of the information provided here. In an earlier time several hours in the public library was devoted to gathering such information. Technology has its place, from time to time. At any rate, St. Patrick, it turns out, wasn't Irish. He was born in Britain of privileged parents sometime around 385-390 AD.
After decades and decades of waiting, the first traffic across a new St. Croix River bridge south of Stillwater is expected in 2016. Jon Chiglo of the Minnesota Department of Transportation gave an updated report on the progress of the major project to the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. The first bid for five foundations in the river was awarded to Edward Kraemer and Sons of Plain, Wis., March 4 for $36.7 million.
The defense and prosecution waded through a litany of motions in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday morning. Judge Howard W. Cameron, Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg and public defender John Kucinski sparred over some two dozen motions. Schaffhausen is accused of killing his three young daughters last July in their River Falls home. He entered a not guilty by insanity (NGI) plea Jan.
The largest group of potential jurors will be in the pool for the Aaron Schaffhausen trial. Schaffhausen, accused of killing his three young daughters in their River Falls home last July, is scheduled to stand trial for three weeks beginning April 1. St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer was in the process of firming up the group of potential jurors early this week. Some 200 questionnaires have been sent out to county residents and most were returned last week, the largest number ever for a St.
Karen Humphrey, who has served as captain of the St. Croix County Jail for two decades has announced her retirement effective April 15. Humphrey, who started with the county on July 16, 1984, is the longest serving member of the sheriff's department. "We are thankful for her many years of dedicated service to the county," said Sheriff John Shilts. Humphrey, 50, took over as chief jailer in 1988 at the old building downtown. She became jail captain when the new facility was built in the Government Center in 1993.
Pat Thompson has a year and one-half on the job as St. Croix County's first administrator charged with overseeing its various departments and managing a five-year strategic plan. "The board set an aggressive strategic plan," Thompson said during a conversation in his office at the Government Center in Hudson last week. "We will continue to keep an eye on the bottom line so the budget doesn't get bigger and the county's portion of the tax bill doesn't increase," he said.