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HUDSON -- The question before the St. Croix County Board Tuesday wasn't whether the county should stay in the nursing home business but if the board should honor a decision to let the public vote first. After lengthy discussion, supervisors voted to indefinitely postpone action on a resolution to build a new facility. Meanwhile, members of a committee charged with developing wording for a referendum said they expect to have a proposal for the August board meeting. On March 18 County Board members voted 22-4 to hold a Nov.
Six months after a collection clerk was added to the St. Croix County clerk of courts staff, it looks as though the addition is paying off. Over the years St. Croix, along with other counties, has struggled with fine collections. Judges assess penalties, but there's no guarantee they'll be paid, and St.
As preparations to add a fourth judge continue, the St.
Off-shore drilling, nuclear energy, the cost of health care, illegal immigration and the value of cooperation were among the topics as Sen. John McCain met with several hundred women Friday morning. The event, hosted by J& L Steel Erectors in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park, was billed as a "women only" event limited to 500 people. But a sprinkling of men attended, and when the 500 seats were filled, at least 100 latecomers stood in back. "I learn more, gain more, from these encounters than you do," said McCain, 71, of his question-and-answer sessions.
St. Croix County Finance Committee members heard updates on building projects July 3 but delayed action until the County Board begins to address related problems or until the committee meets with contractors. The agenda for the July 15 board meeting includes discussion of the county nursing home.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated. Boots, herself a registered nurse who worked in home health, told the younger woman she shouldn't have done that without someone else observing.
A St. Croix County judge ordered a former security guard and his employer to pay $1.4 million to women whose employee badge photos the man altered and posted on pornographic Web sites. In a lengthy decision filed June 6, Judge Eric Lundell ordered Troy C. Schmidt, 666 W. 4th St., New Richmond, and Securitas Security Services USA to pay $333,333 each to three women, $75,000 apiece to another two and $50,000 apiece to five others. Securitas notified the court Monday that it is appealing the judgment. The case involves female employees at the Polaris Industries plant in Osceola.
HUDSON -- St. Croix County leaders dug in for a rough budget process last Thursday as they instructed departments to submit budgets that either don't raise or decrease costs. Department heads were told to submit three budgets: One "a normal proposed budget;" one at 95% of the total 2008 expenses; and one at 90% of 2008 expenses. During their strategic planning session this spring, County Board members set a goal to cut county operating expenses by five to 10 percent.
A local contractor estimates it would cost $255,000 to repair water damage to the foundation, windows and walls of St. Croix County's Health and Human Services building in New Richmond. "On this building, delayed maintenance -- or no maintenance - has come back to roost," Facilities Manager Art Tobin reported at last week's Finance Committee meeting. He added, "My honest opinion (is) that building has served its life." The 1974 building, which houses offices for the Department of Health and Human Services, is part of the St.