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The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) serves a number of counties in northwestern Wisconsin on six campuses. St. Croix County is not only the southernmost of the 11 counties in the WITC district, but also the largest in population. As head of the board in the most populous county, Daryl Standafer also chairs the WITC District Board Appointment Committee that selects the school's trustees. The county's taxpayers contribute the most to the WITC budget. In fiscal year 2011 the tax levy in St.
A man who scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars as manager of a Hudson liquor store has been sentenced to prison. Nathan Michael Dusek, 39, Knapp, will serve two years, six months in prison and five years extended supervision following his sentencing hearing Friday, May 4 on conviction of felony theft in a business setting. Dusek was convicted of stealing $381,284.75 while employed at Chicone's Liquor Mart over a 10-year period. The criminal complaint said between Aug. 25, 2002 and Nov.
Adam and Megan Greeson have developed a love of the earth and for growing things. It has led to a start-up agri-business on rented land in the town of Troy to establish a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project called Sweet Top Farm. CSAs involve members who pay for a regular delivery of produce to their homes throughout the growing season. The Greesons have constructed a greenhouse on the property about six miles from their home in Hudson and have about two and one-half acres of field to coax the crops to maturity. "Our goal is to have 25 members this year," said Megan.
St. Croix County residents now have a means to report minor crimes online. Sheriff John Shilts said the department's new web reporting system uses Coplogic Inc. software as an alternative to filing a police report in person. The system improves the use of staff time and ensures all stolen property is accurately reported and tracked, according to the sheriff. It went into effect Thursday, April 19. "With economic cuts everywhere, we were looking for a way to allow more time for officers to be out on patrol instead of tied up with reports," said Shilts.
It is that time of year when some taxpayers look forward to refund checks from state and federal governments. But some Wisconsin tax return checks may be lighter than expected because St. Croix County deducted unpaid fines from the total. Clerk of Court Lori Meyer said her office started collecting tax intercept payments through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in 2003.
The cold case investigation into the murder of William S. "Junior" Clapp 19 years ago took another step Thursday evening, April 12. The water recovery team from the Washington (Minn.) County sheriff's department along with St. Croix County deputies conducted a search of the hay slough on Clapp's farmstead. The crew worked in coordinates searching the pond for evidence.
Daryl Standafer won a second consecutive term to chair the St. Croix County Board and a new group was sworn into office Tuesday morning April 17 including 12 new supervisors. Standafer, an incumbent, was unopposed in his quest to lead the new board. Incumbent Roger Larson was appointed chair pro-tem to officiate over the nomination.
Meals for senior citizens at nutrition sites and home delivery in St. Croix County topped 49,000 in 2011, out pacing the 2010 figures by nearly 2,000. The number of meals provided through the Aging and Disability's Resource Center has been on the rise over the last several years. Randi Hanson, the chipper nutrition program coordinator, couldn't be more enthusiastic about the overall success of the senior nutrition operation. "Programs like this help keep seniors in their homes and independent," she said during a conversation at the Government Center in Hudson.
Thanks to some footwork by local hobbyists, negotiations and public support, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill April 2 that allows home brewers to transport their wares off the premises. The result is good news for Mike Fredricksen, 40, Hudson, an 18-year veteran home brewer and member of the Wisconsin Alliance of Home Brewers who was deeply involved in pushing the bill (Senate Bill 395) along its legislative path. "I am happy for the outcome," Fredricksen said in a telephone conversation Monday.
Beth Pabst, register of deeds, urges property owners in St. Croix County to take advantage of a free service that could alert them to fraud. Pabst's office has teamed with Fidlar Technologies to create the Property Fraud Alert system. It is a free service to property owners.