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Figures recently released showed some astounding numbers when it comes to local tourism. According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, 2012 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased 8.87 percent to $81 million! According to an annual analysis released May 3, the $81 million from travelers resulted in total business sales of $139.5 million in the county, reflecting an 8.36 percent increase from 2011. This spending supported an estimated 1,631 jobs (+2.96 percent from 2011) in St.
MADISON -- A legislative panel will decide on Thursday whether the new state budget should let police collect DNA samples from people who have not been convicted of felonies. The governor and attorney general want to expand the state's DNA database which police use to find suspects in past- and present crimes. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget includes $6 million to have law enforcement collect DNA from all those arrested for felonies and sex crimes, plus those convicted of misdemeanors.
All Board of Education members have access to the information they need about the district and our work. This includes, and is not limited to, access to public records of the district and responses to questions about those records. No board members are treated differently in this regard. Board Policy (#1170): "Public Records Policy and Notice" is posted on our website and provides the public and all Board of Education members access to district public records.
The Milwaukee Brewers have the Majors' worst record in May and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the fourth-worst. But one of those teams will be forced to win Monday night, May 20, when they play each other at Miller Park. Milwaukee is just 3-14 in May after losing 8 of 10 on the road to their fellow National League Central opponents. The Dodgers are 4-12 this month after losing at Atlanta 5-2 Sunday. Brewers' shortstop Jean Segura currently leads the NL with a .364 batting average.
St. Croix County's annual Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Collection is taking place today and tomorrow at the county highway shop at 666 Hwy. 12 east of Hudson. Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at no charge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18. Items that will be accepted include pesticides, acids, flammable chemicals, mercury, lead paint and solvents. Unacceptable items for disposal include latex paint, motor oil, medications, automotive batteries and electronics. A collection of waste from businesses was scheduled for 9 a.m.
Wisconsin's job picture is either exciting or lackluster, depending on which political party you believe. Republicans call these "exciting times," after the government's most complete employer survey showed that Wisconsin created 62,000 jobs in Gov.
The United Fund of Troy Township recently donated $906.50 to the Christian Food Cupboard of Hudson. Over $6,900 from 95 residents of the township will be distributed to 13 agencies serving the local area. The United Fund of Troy Township is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1968. Its purpose is to request monetary donations from residents of the town of Troy from September to March.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson conducted its semiannual roadside cleanup on May 11. This spring's cleanup was bigger than normal with a large amount of fast food wrappers, soft drink cans and beer bottles. Cleanup crew members included, from left, John Rheinberger, Fred Dietze, Dan Murray, Dan Tjornehoj, Tracy Randall, Ray Hipchen, and Zack Rupprecht. Not pictured, Bill Bauman and Nancy Dietze. Submitted photo
The community is invited to remember family and friends who have died by attending the annual ADORAY Hospice Memorial Program on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The non-denominational program is being held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 503 County UU, Hudson. Everyone is welcome. ADORAY Hospice takes this time to honor and remember patients who have died on their hospice service during the past year. ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, www.adoray.org , has served patients in St. Croix, Pierce, Western Dunn, and Polk counties since 1995.
The second annual Goliath Challenge, a 5K obstacle race, is Saturday, May 18, at the Badlands Snopark in Hudson to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children. "Last year's inaugural event was a huge success." said race director, Mark Kretschmer. "We raised over $17,000 which equaled 77,273 meals given out through Feed My Starving Children's program.