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After months of meetings, a consultant recommended last week that St. Croix County hold on to the northern quadrants of the Government Center property and look at marketing the southern quadrants. Dennis Welsch of Barsness Consulting Services said his company is suggesting that the county keep 47 acres for county operations and future expansion and convert 35 acres to new uses and public infrastructure improvements. Welsch gave his report during the County Board's May meeting, one of the few held in the evening. It was after 10 p.m.
After extensive discussion and on close votes, the St. Croix County Board voted last week (May 15) to endorse increasing state taxes on tobacco and beer. The tobacco tax resolution was adopted on a vote of 18-13.
A St. Croix County jury has awarded $110,000 to a woman who was allegedly abused and terrorized by her husband over the course of several years. Following a four-day trial, a 12-person jury found that Frank E. Stone had assaulted, battered and inflicted emotional distress on his wife, Roxann M.
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.
A summer horse program started over 40 years ago has added a new session -- one designed not for veteran horse people but for people who want to buy their first horse. "It's for people who have their first horse and feel a little bit lost and for people who want to get a taste of (horse ownership)," said Kris Hiney, an assistant professor at UW-River Falls. "Buying and Managing Your First Horse," a Thursday through Saturday class, is intended to help the first-time or novice horse owner successfully select, care for and manage a horse, said Hiney. The class will be held June 21-23 at UW-RF.
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.