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WAUSAU -- In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals found that a former New Richmond zoning administrator can't be fined for violating the open meetings law because there was no meeting. The appeals panel ruled that it would be "absurd" to require officials such as Wallace Habhegger, the only member of his department, to hold open meetings to discuss the reasoning for denying a building permit.
Last week the St. Croix County Board approved a plan to borrow $715,184 to cover the county's share of four projects, including replacement of radio consoles for emergency communications and a 911 system for cellular phones. As supervisors worked on the 2006 budget last fall, they decided state-imposed tax levy limits wouldn't allow them to include the funding in the 2006 budget. Instead they decided to borrow for the projects. Finance Director Michelle Pietrick advised that the loan is outside the reach of the levy limit.
ELLSWORTH -- A jury heard testimony for five days but deliberated for under 15 minutes before deciding a doctor was not negligent in his treatment of a University of Wisconsin-River Falls student who died of bacterial meningitis. Erik Spindler, 20, a business administration major from Stillwater, Minn., died Nov. 11, 2002, at River Falls Area Hospital. His family later filed a malpractice suit against Dr.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee voted Monday to endorse a plan for the county to order $210,000 worth of voting systems that allow disabled citizens to vote without assistance. Wisconsin will receive $18 million under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 to buy voting systems, including hardware and software, and to pay training, maintenance and other costs. Locally, municipalities will get $6,000 for a unit at each polling place. St.
Answers to escalating fuel costs lie in developing alternative energy sources and learning conservation lessons we should have learned two decades ago, said Congressman Ron Kind Friday. He suggested a "new Apollo" effort to make the United States energy independent by 2020. Kind, D-Wisconsin, made time for an interview between lunch with Pierce County officials and attending the inauguration for UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz. The congressman also held a town hall meeting in Ellsworth later in the day. "The truth is we don't have a lot of leverage," said Kind of President George W.
Melissa Belanger has been making dolls nearly her whole life. But the red stuffed bear she made when she was four is a far cry from the stylish figures she creates in her Hudson studio today. Belanger drew the pattern and stitched her first doll, "Flossy." Her mother applied a second set of stitches to hold the bear's seams securely. By the time she was 15 or 16, Belanger was making dolls to sell. "It's something I just keep going back to," said Belanger, sitting surrounded by her creations in the upstairs studio above her home on Second Street. Her studio will be one stop on the Art Open
The response to the foreclosure lawsuit was handwritten on sheet of lined paper ripped from a spiral notebook. "I don't know what I'm suppose to say except I went through a divorce and my ex-wife went off and left me with the house. I could not afford this on my paychecks. She would not help me pay on the house. I do have the house up for sale. I hope it sells this time." The man and his wife borrowed $97,642 in December 2003 and presently owe $101,405 on this mortgage. He lives at their house in Glenwood City. She now has an out of state address.
Under a plan endorsed by the County Board, St. Croix County will no longer have either a Human Resources Department or a personnel director. Instead a compensation/classification specialist will be hired, and human resource director responsibilities will be divided among Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting, Finance Director Michelle Pietrick and Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman. The compensation specialist won't be hired until mid-year and will be paid less than former Personnel Director Debra Kathan.
In an agreement described as "a mutual effort to avoid potential litigation," St. Croix County will pay longtime Personnel Director Debra Kathan nearly a year's salary although she won't be required to report to work this year. A copy of the resignation agreement between the county and Kathan was received last week through an open records request filed by RiverTown Newspaper Group. Kathan, 52, who was the county's human resources director for over 24 years, will be paid at her current rate of pay from Jan. 6, when she was placed on administrative leave, through Dec. 22.