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St. Croix County's attempt to freeze wages for union workers at the county's financially struggling nursing home for a year was rejected last week by a state arbitrator. The workers will get the increases proposed by their union: a two percent increase on Jan. 1, 2006 and a one percent increase effective July 1, 2006. The county and union had agreed that the nursing home workers would get a two percent increase on Jan.
Individually or in pairs, the girls take the stage in their make-believe circus and deftly perform tricks of balance or "magic." Some are pretend tight-rope walkers, some trapeze artists and one is a magician's assistant who disappears in the depths of a canvas box. The performers are introduced with fanfare and perform to applause, bowing to acknowledge the cheers of their audience. It's hard to believe these are specials needs children who deal daily with poor coordination, attention deficits, hyperactivity or sensory processing disorders. In their schools, says a staff member, "These ar
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St. Croix County's Transportation Committee and its highway commissioner are asking for a countywide vehicle registration fee to help pay for road maintenance. The proposed $10 per car fee -- which would require the drafting and adoption of a new county law -- would be collected along with the $55 annual registration fee charged by the state. "The Transportation Committee has been chewing on this for three years," said Highway Commissioner Tim Ramberg as he brought the proposal to the County Board last week.
In a decision filed Tuesday morning, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed a prison sentence for a man a St. Croix County judge believed was faking mental illness. The decision upholds concurrent sentences totaling six years confinement and three years extended supervision for escape, burglary and stealing a vehicle. Justin A. Malm, 23, is serving the initial term at Waupun Correctional Institution after a jury found him guilty on three counts in November 2004 and he was sentenced by Judge Scott Needham in April 2005. Malm fled from a St.
While the process for getting permits for smaller signs will be easier and less expensive, it won't be legal to erect a new billboard in most rural areas of St. Croix County under a proposed sign regulation ordinance. The new ordinance, expected to be voted on by the County Board during its June 19 meeting, does not apply to the county's cities and villages or to the towns of Hudson, Forest and Cady -- which aren't under county zoning. If adopted, the new law will replace standards that have been in place for 30 years, said Planner Ellen Denzer.
Raised on a dairy farm just outside Roberts in the 1950s, Dianne and Connie Johnson were taught the right way to hang the wash, the value of "polio naps" and how to ride bareback. But more importantly they learned skills that would serve them well wherever life took them: The ability to enjoy solitude, thriftiness, independence and the importance of friends and a loving family. The sisters -- one now lives in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and the other in Camarillo, Calif.
After extensive discussion and on close votes, the St. Croix County Board voted last week (May 15) to endorse increasing state taxes on tobacco and beer. The tobacco tax resolution was adopted on a vote of 18-13.
After months of meetings, a consultant recommended last week that St. Croix County hold on to the northern quadrants of the Government Center property and look at marketing the southern quadrants. Dennis Welsch of Barsness Consulting Services said his company is suggesting that the county keep 47 acres for county operations and future expansion and convert 35 acres to new uses and public infrastructure improvements. Welsch gave his report during the County Board's May meeting, one of the few held in the evening. It was after 10 p.m.