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Despite some trepidation that the group might erode the power of other committees, St. Croix County supervisors voted last week to create a long-term building planning committee. The resolution carried on a vote of 18-12. According to the resolution, building issues often require communication and coordination among committees. In the past year, the county has been confronted with several building space and maintenance issues.
Sentencing repeat drunk drivers is a challenge, say local judges, partly because they can't be sure which penalty will work and partly because they'd like to use some alternatives sooner. "For the most part, you're making a lot of these decisions, and there's no way of knowing if you're making the right one," said Robert Wing, who has been Pierce County judge for 24 years. Wing knows the anguish of sentencing a drunk driver responsible for taking a life. With the family of the victim on one side of the courtroom and family and friends of the offender on the other, the atmosphere is emotiona
Historically Wisconsin has gone after drunk drivers. It should put more emphasis on prosecuting first offenses, says the executive director of MADD Wisconsin. "Obviously what we've been doing in the past isn't working," said Kari Kinnard in a phone interview.
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First a willing seller and no buyer. Then a potential buyer and no willing seller. Two years ago, despite extensive advertising, St. Croix County got no bids on an 18-acre parcel cut off from other "county farm" property by Hwy. 64 construction. Last week a real estate agent and an attorney met with the St.
In a decision released Dec. 23, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals agreed that a Minnesota company has no obligation to pay a Minnesota worker's compensation claim under a policy issued to a Hudson company. The District III Court of Appeals ruling affirms a decision by Judge Eric Lundell in a case brought by Wayne and Dianna Brown, doing business as Sky High Crane Rental, 1214 N.
"The economy is tough. The (real estate) market is tough. Why aren't my taxes going down?" St. Croix County Treasurer Cheryl Slind said that's the question she has been hearing ever since property tax bills went out earlier this month. While the market value of many houses probably has dropped, it takes time for the assessment and equalized value processes to catch up, said Slind.
Most St. Croix County administrators and managers won't get a salary raise in 2009. Instead 157 of them will each get a flat $520 lump sum. The 2008 salary grid will carry over to 2009. The lump sum payment will go to those who are at Step 7, the top of their pay grade. The 21 employees who aren't at the top of their pay grades will get their scheduled step increase. As Finance Committee members struggled to prepare a balanced 2009 budget and asked departments to look for every spending cut they could find, the issue of pay increases came up.
The goal of the experiment was to determine if local public records are truly accessible to ordinary citizens. Thirty-eight UW-River Falls students who took part in an open records audit learned the answer is nearly always yes. But that doesn't mean all area officials give up the information graciously. "The hardest part was having to deal with authority figures," said Assistant Professor Andris Straumanis, one of two UW-RF instructors who teach the Journalism 201 course on information gathering.