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HUDSON -- It looks like St. Croix County will have to borrow at least $25,000 to finish a project to improve communications with various emergency responders. For the second year in a row, the County Board has agreed that sets of capital projects can't be paid with the current year budget and will be funded through borrowing. Though no vote was taken this week, plans were made to include the most recent communications work in that debt package, which will probably go to the County Board next week. This year's loan is expected to be up to $310,000.
The conflict seemed to be between a moral obligation to provide timely affordable health care to all Wisconsin residents and the fear that those who already have excellent medical care might lose it or their control over access. During a presentation in River Falls last Thursday evening, two retired physicians, a legislative coordinator for the AFL-CIO and a former Wisconsin state budget director outlined three universal health care proposals promoted by various state lawmakers. Audience comments came from a UW-River Falls employee who cautioned that assuring coverage to people who go to Min
TOWN OF MARTELL -- Finding Anderson Plant Farm can be a challenge for people not used to traveling country roads, but the owners say those who love gardening will be glad they came. Lori and Mark Anderson have nicknamed their rural sales building -- actually three greenhouses built as one -- "The Gardener's Destination." As they kick off their 25th year in the nursery business, the Andersons invite customers to an open house and tropical party 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.
The owner of the former Cats Meow Dogs Bark Animal Welfare Society was fined $741 and half the public health nuisance charges against her were dropped Tuesday. Jen Kamish, Newport, Minn., agreed to pay a fine of $148.20 for each of five charges. The other five citations were dismissed by Pierce County Judge Robert Wing. Kamish took over the shelter, located on Hwy. 65 just outside River Falls, in early 2006 after the Humane Society of Pierce St.
St. Croix County's Finance Committee agreed Thursday to allocate $3,000 for legal research for the judge who is presiding over the O'Connell family's civil lawsuit against Catholic bishops. Last August the parents, sister and brothers of Daniel O'Connell filed a lawsuit against U.S. Catholic bishops asking for the names of an estimated 5,000 priests the American church has identified as sexual abusers and predators since the 1950s. O'Connell and intern James Ellison were found shot to death at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson Feb. 5, 2002.
No Child Left Behind, SeniorCare, illegal immigration and fetus pain were among the topics raised last week as Congressman Ron Kind met with constituents in Hudson. The meeting was one of a series of "listening sessions" held throughout Wisconsin's Third District. "No Child Left Behind needs to go," insisted Judy Parin, New Richmond, a retired educator. The program should more accurately be named "No Child Left Interested," said Parin.
Consultants reported last week that they have talked with over 110 people as they seek input on potential uses for extra land around the St. Croix County Government Center. "Lots of suggestions have been made," said Dennis Welsch of Barsness Consulting Services as he addressed the County Board March 20. The company hosted a business round table and met with the St.
During their March 20 meeting, St. Croix County Board members voted to urge a ban on feeding deer. The resolution says scientific testing shows that artificially bringing deer together can cause transmission of diseases such as tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease. Congregate feeding of deer is reason for concern because of the possible transmission of diseases, said Supervisor Richard "Buzz" Marzolf, town of Troy. Feeding deer encourages them to stay in an area rather than roaming from place to place to find food, said Mike Reiter, secretary/ treasurer of the St.
A county judge and a lawyer who specializes in immigration and employment law are the candidates as Wisconsin voters select a new Supreme Court judge next Tuesday. The candidates are Annette K. Ziegler, who has been Washington County judge for nearly 10 years, and Linda M. Clifford, a shareholder in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn. The winner will be elected to a 10-year term on the seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court. She will replace incumbent Jon P.
Citing new statistics, the St. Croix County Board voted Tuesday to renew its request for a fourth judge. In 2005 when the county first asked the state for another judge, a caseload analysis indicated St. Croix should have 4.4 judges, but numbers updated at the end of 2006 bring that to 4.76, said Judge Scott Needham. "The matter, in our opinion, has become more critical," said Needham, speaking for himself and the county's two other judges. A recent study indicated the state needs 18 more circuit court judges, and St.