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More and more "ATV Route" signs are popping up around St. Croix and Pierce counties as town boards adopt ordinances to allow the off-road vehicles on town roads. But some rural residents argue that letting all-terrain vehicles mix with cars and trucks is dangerous and annoying and that the rules are nearly impossible to enforce. At least one town has said no to the change. The Pierce County towns of Ellsworth, Gilman, Martell, Trimbelle and Spring Lake have adopted ordinances to allow ATVs on some of their roads. In St.
When she was 15, Laura Ritt was thrown from a vehicle in an accident involving a drunk driver. A few days after her 19th birthday, her neck was injured when the car she was driving was hit from behind by a drunk driver. But the incident that bothered Ritt most was coming upon a fatal accident involving a drunk driver who was her age. "That really affected me," said the 23-year-old New Richmond woman. Before then, drunk driving was something she thought someone should do something about.
The full St. Croix County Board buckled down to budget work Tuesday as supervisors heard nearly five hours of proposals from 29 county departments. The bottom line is that with less than two months to go, the board must cut $2.5 million from budget requests to stay within its state-mandated cap on the property tax levy. "What the board needs to decide is what it is willing to fund and what it is not willing to fund," urged Finance Committee Chairman Daryl Standafer.
A Hudson policeman was justified in inferring that a woman who drove out of a parking lot was the same one who drove in, parked and entered a store 10 minutes earlier, ruled an appeals court. In a decision filed Tuesday, Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals upheld St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham's decision to deny Silvia H. Heugel's motion to suppress evidence provided by Officer James VanDusen. Heugel, 47, Hudson, had pleaded no contest to operating while intoxicated, second offense, after she was arrested Oct.
A farmer whose cases were dismissed by a St. Croix County judge will have a jury trial Friday, Sept. 26, on charges that he allowed his cattle to wander on the highway. Last week a District III Court of Appeals judge reversed Judge Scott Needham, who dismissed the charges against James L. Rushfeldt.
Five former St. Croix County Board members are backing a referendum to cut the board from 31 to 19 members, a reduction that failed to get board support two years ago. Tom Caflisch, River Falls, said the former supervisors and the volunteers they've enlisted have filed petitions with 2,027 signatures, enough to force a referendum in November. He said he expects the group will turn in more signatures by the Tuesday, Sept.
Finance Committee members who agreed last month that a geothermal heating and cooling system is too expensive for the St. Croix County Government Center are considering solar panels as an auxiliary power source. Last week the committee approved a contract to have Roof Spec Inc., St. Paul, begin engineering work for a replacement roof for the Government Center. Roof Spec senior consultant Terry Thone will work with Karges-Faulconbridge Inc.
An appeals court ruled that a man who wore spandex pants as he accosted several Hudson area women and forced himself on a River Falls motel desk clerk deserves to spend life in prison. In November 2006, a St. Croix County jury found Michael S. Long, now 39, guilty of false imprisonment and second-degree sexual assault, use of force. Judge Edward Vlack used the persistent repeater enhancer to sentence Long, formerly of Brooklyn Park, Minn., to life in prison. Internet court records show he is currently an inmate at a prison in St.
A proposal for a geothermal heating and cooling system for St. Croix County Government Center has been abandoned by the Finance Committee. Instead the committee voted last week to go with a high efficiency water-cooled chiller and condensing-style boiler. The installed cost is estimated at $1,672,500.
Families will get a look at the latest technology and a peek at the past as the UW-River Falls Mann Valley Farm hosts St. Croix County's Farm-City Day. Activities will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at UW-RF Farm No. 2, located at the corner of County Road MM and South Glover Road. St. Croix County farms and businesses have hosted the annual day-long event for 27 years, rotating the sites around the county each year. The committee was looking for a location on the River Falls side of the county this year, and Lab Farm No.