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Disappointment and annoyance are good words to describe St. Croix County Board members' reaction to a referendum that will eliminate more than a third of their positions. Last week county residents voted 31,460 to 9,358 -- better than three to one -- to cut the number of supervisors on the board from 31 to 19. The county has until Nov.
Fifty-two workers at Andersen Corporation's Menomonie assembly plant were told today their jobs have been eliminated and were sent home. The plant currently had 245 employees and had a workforce of about 275 at its peak. The jobs that were cut were production workers and office support staff. "We've taken the cuts we need to take for now, based on what we know," said Maureen McDonough, Andersen's director of corporate communications.
Borrowing and budget were the focuses as St. Croix County Board members met Tuesday morning. The board accepted the best of six bids to borrow $3.18 million for building repairs and upgrades. The county will pay a true interest rate of 4.0244 percent on the money borrowed from Robert W. Baird & Company, Milwaukee. The debt, to replace the roof and heating and air conditioning system at the Government Center and replace emergency communications base station radios, will be repaid over seven years.
When they go to the polls Nov. 4, St.
Department budget requests must be cut. County sales tax income is falling short of projections. Property tax money spent on the county nursing home is money that can't be used for other needs. Those are three of the messages St. Croix County Finance Committee members will bring to the full County Board when they offer a budget proposal Tuesday, Oct. 21. Although they're not there yet, Finance Committee members spent about six hours last Thursday hammering out a 2009 budget. A week earlier, the committee started its Oct.
More and more "ATV Route" signs are popping up around St. Croix and Pierce counties as town boards adopt ordinances to allow the off-road vehicles on town roads. But some rural residents argue that letting all-terrain vehicles mix with cars and trucks is dangerous and annoying and that the rules are nearly impossible to enforce. At least one town has said no to the change. The Pierce County towns of Ellsworth, Gilman, Martell, Trimbelle and Spring Lake have adopted ordinances to allow ATVs on some of their roads. In St.
When she was 15, Laura Ritt was thrown from a vehicle in an accident involving a drunk driver. A few days after her 19th birthday, her neck was injured when the car she was driving was hit from behind by a drunk driver. But the incident that bothered Ritt most was coming upon a fatal accident involving a drunk driver who was her age. "That really affected me," said the 23-year-old New Richmond woman. Before then, drunk driving was something she thought someone should do something about.
The full St. Croix County Board buckled down to budget work Tuesday as supervisors heard nearly five hours of proposals from 29 county departments. The bottom line is that with less than two months to go, the board must cut $2.5 million from budget requests to stay within its state-mandated cap on the property tax levy. "What the board needs to decide is what it is willing to fund and what it is not willing to fund," urged Finance Committee Chairman Daryl Standafer.
A Hudson policeman was justified in inferring that a woman who drove out of a parking lot was the same one who drove in, parked and entered a store 10 minutes earlier, ruled an appeals court. In a decision filed Tuesday, Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals upheld St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham's decision to deny Silvia H. Heugel's motion to suppress evidence provided by Officer James VanDusen. Heugel, 47, Hudson, had pleaded no contest to operating while intoxicated, second offense, after she was arrested Oct.