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In a decision filed Tuesday morning, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed a prison sentence for a man a St. Croix County judge believed was faking mental illness. The decision upholds concurrent sentences totaling six years confinement and three years extended supervision for escape, burglary and stealing a vehicle. Justin A. Malm, 23, is serving the initial term at Waupun Correctional Institution after a jury found him guilty on three counts in November 2004 and he was sentenced by Judge Scott Needham in April 2005. Malm fled from a St.
While the process for getting permits for smaller signs will be easier and less expensive, it won't be legal to erect a new billboard in most rural areas of St. Croix County under a proposed sign regulation ordinance. The new ordinance, expected to be voted on by the County Board during its June 19 meeting, does not apply to the county's cities and villages or to the towns of Hudson, Forest and Cady -- which aren't under county zoning. If adopted, the new law will replace standards that have been in place for 30 years, said Planner Ellen Denzer.
Raised on a dairy farm just outside Roberts in the 1950s, Dianne and Connie Johnson were taught the right way to hang the wash, the value of "polio naps" and how to ride bareback. But more importantly they learned skills that would serve them well wherever life took them: The ability to enjoy solitude, thriftiness, independence and the importance of friends and a loving family. The sisters -- one now lives in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and the other in Camarillo, Calif.
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.
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.
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.