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Wisconsin voters will go to the polls April 7 to select a new superintendent of public instruction and a Supreme Court justice. Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago, and Tony Evers, Madison, are candidates for a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who's headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, Oconomowoc, is challenging 32-year incumbent Shirley Abrahamson, Madison, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The DPI provides direction and technical assistance for public elementary and secondary education.
St. Croix County residents who are either uninsured or who have high out-of-pocket payments can soon get a discount card for prescription drugs. People who use the cards, which will be free to all county residents, can save an average of 22 percent of the retail cost of prescription drugs, claims the National Association of Counties. NaCo has contracted with Caremark PCS Health, a pharmacy benefit management service, to offer the cards to member counties. "I know of no other program like this," said St.
Raising private-pay rates at St. Croix's county-owned nursing home too much could prompt patients to choose other homes or could eat up patients' finances quicker, forcing them to turn to Medicaid. Taking into account those considerations, the Health and Human Services Board has voted to increase the private-pay charge by $5 a day and to evaluate the rate annually. The county expected to absorb $58 per day of the cost of each private-pay patient this year.
St. Croix County Board members learned a bitter truth Monday: When the state economizes, local governments often pick up the bill. For 15 straight years, St. Croix farms, small businesses and residents have used Clean Sweep collections to dispose of unused hazardous chemicals. But in his budget proposal Gov. Jim Doyle cuts about $1 million in grants for the program. When it developed its 2009 budget, the county set aside $50,000 for two Clean Sweeps, one in spring and one in the fall, said Planning and Zoning Director Dave Fodroczi.
What: Joint Finance Committee public hearing on the state's 2009-2011 budget bill When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 Where: Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire Campus, 121 Water St., Eau Claire Wisconsin's budget crisis is so intertwined with the country's economic crisis that when the nation's problem is fixed the state's will be too, said Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson Friday. "The No. 1 issue is jobs," said Nelson, D-Kaukauna.
A St. Croix County man has apparently learned it's a good idea to wear underwear if you're risking arrest. He also has a better understanding of what "strip search" means, and he won't be getting the $25,000 he wanted as compensation for embarrassment and humiliation. At the request of the man, St. Croix County and its insurance company, Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer dismissed a lawsuit filed in May 2008. "This case was just voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff," said Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman Wednesday.
In a March 3 decision, the appeals court found a bank isn't entitled to the deposit paid by a man who decided a foreclosure property wasn't worth what he bid. Chase Home Finance argued that it was entitled to the full $26,500 deposit paid by Richard Nels Pearson when he bid on property at 506 Cherry Lane, Roberts. But the Third District Court of Appeals found that because the sale was not confirmed and Chase didn't object to a resale, the 10 percent deposit forfeited to Chase was more than it was entitled to by law. The case involves a house formerly owned by Sandra M. and Michael S. Netz.
A county judge found the Hudson Police and Fire Commission followed proper procedure in firing a police sergeant accused of using excessive force. In a decision filed Feb. 19, Judge Edward Vlack denied Robert D. Oehmke's appeal of the commission's 2006 decision to terminate him. According to background information in the decision, in November 2006, Lt. Paul Larson, who was acting police chief, filed charges against Oehmke. The commission held public hearings Dec. 12-15, 2006. A few days later it issued a decision sustaining four of seven charges and fired Oehmke.
As it does for many women, Lisa Speer's battle with breast cancer started with a lump that she knew hadn't been there before. In the weeks since, she has learned much about the disease, about her disease in particular and about her options. Speer, who is single, has also found herself surrounded with networks of friends, including fellow members of the River Falls High School class of 1980, Northwest Airlines flight attendants, coworkers from St.