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A St. Croix County judge ordered a former security guard and his employer to pay $1.4 million to women whose employee badge photos the man altered and posted on pornographic Web sites. In a lengthy decision filed June 6, Judge Eric Lundell ordered Troy C. Schmidt, 666 W. 4th St., New Richmond, and Securitas Security Services USA to pay $333,333 each to three women, $75,000 apiece to another two and $50,000 apiece to five others. Securitas notified the court Monday that it is appealing the judgment. The case involves female employees at the Polaris Industries plant in Osceola.
A local contractor estimates it would cost $255,000 to repair water damage to the foundation, windows and walls of St. Croix County's Health and Human Services building in New Richmond. "On this building, delayed maintenance -- or no maintenance - has come back to roost," Facilities Manager Art Tobin reported at last week's Finance Committee meeting. He added, "My honest opinion (is) that building has served its life." The 1974 building, which houses offices for the Department of Health and Human Services, is part of the St.
HUDSON -- St. Croix County leaders dug in for a rough budget process last Thursday as they instructed departments to submit budgets that either don't raise or decrease costs. Department heads were told to submit three budgets: One "a normal proposed budget;" one at 95% of the total 2008 expenses; and one at 90% of 2008 expenses. During their strategic planning session this spring, County Board members set a goal to cut county operating expenses by five to 10 percent.
Nomination papers are being circulated by candidates running for some county offices, county district attorney, state Assembly, some state Senate seats and Congress. Prospective candidates have from June 1 to July 8 to collect the signatures they need to have their names on ballots for the general election that will be held Nov. 4. Where necessary, primary elections will be held Sept. 9. District attorneys Both Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, a Democrat, and St. Croix County DA Eric Johnson, a Republican, are candidates for re-election.
St. Croix County's attorney won his case but provoked criticism from appeals court judges in a long-standing zoning dispute. In the conclusion of an opinion released May 20, the District III Court of Appeals took issue with Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman's "unwarranted belligerence" and asked the state's Office of Lawyer Regulation to review and investigate. Nearly a third of the decision was devoted to criticism of the tone of briefs submitted by Timmerman in the appeal of a case involving John Bettendorf, 285 County Road SS, River Falls.
St. Croix County's insurance company has paid $6,000 to a man erroneously identified by jail personnel as a registered sex offender. In March 2006, a jail log released to local media indicated that Jeremy P. Gruwell, 22, River Falls, was booked into the St. Croix County Jail. The reason for the booking was given as "sex offender registration." Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said Gruwell had been ordered by his probation agent to report to the jail to provide a DNA sample.
A group of town of Troy neighbors warn they'll go to court if necessary to prevent a Montessori preschool from operating in a house on their road. Main concerns are the increase in traffic on their sparsely traveled road, noise in the quiet neighborhood and a home septic system they believe is too small for a school. According to a decision filed April 29, the three members of the St. Croix County Board of Adjustment at the hearing voted to allow Heartland Montessori School to move its preschool program from Hudson to the house at 436 Red Brick Road.
Twelve new supervisors, nearly 40 percent of the St. Croix County Board, took office last week before new officers and committees were elected. There was no candidate on the spring ballot for the District 8 seat formerly held by Tom Dowd, and that position remains unfilled.
The St. Croix County Board is asking the state to pay its share for housing prisoners. People in custody of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for allegedly violating the requirements of parole or probation are regularly held in county jails awaiting court action. Wisconsin law requires the DOC to pay counties $40 per person per day, if it has enough money to pay that. If not, payments to the counties are prorated. Jail administrators say it costs St.
Tests will be conducted in early May to determine the conductivity of the ground in anticipation of installing a geothermal heating and cooling system at the St. Croix County Government Center. Building Services Director Art Tobin said the test will involve installing one vertical heat exchanger to a depth of 200 feet. At a minimum, the test will be conducted for 36 hours. Bids for the work are due by noon Friday, April 11.