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In the 10 years since it was formed, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 26 homes. This year, thanks in part to a commitment from Lutherans, crews will start work on six more. In recent years, the local Habitat chapter has been averaging four houses a year, said Executive Director Amy Muzzy. In 2007 the commitment from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which is donating money and arranging volunteers, will help build three of six houses. "It's a big jump," Muzzy. "This to me is just wonderful what they've instigated," said Muzzy.
When Kitty Rhoades was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, she was asked to fill out a form listing five legislative committees she would like to serve on. She wrote "Finance" five times. A Republican Party leader called for clarification, saying "Half of the group said you didn't understand (how to fill out the form). The other half said you did." Rhoades said she most definitely knew what she was doing.
SOMERSET -- While others are admiring the enormity and complexity of farm equipment, Stan Krueger is likely to be looking at the details and imagining ways to reproduce them in plastic or steel at 1/16 or 1/64 scale. Since he and his brothers started customizing their 1950s-era Tonka trucks, Krueger has tinkered with toys. Fifty years ago, the intent was to "improve" the toys by adding a tandem axel or fuel tank.
A small parcel of land cut off from the "county farm" property by Hwy. 64 construction is worth over $1 million, an appraiser told St. Croix County Board members last week. "It's a nice piece of property. It has great visibility and good traffic control," said Jeff White, a certified real estate appraiser with Valuation Specialists of Eau Claire. White was hired to do the appraisal as part of a "plan for a plan" for the New Richmond property. He said the new parcel includes about 18.13 acres, but only 12 acres are suitable for building.
The St. Croix County Board agreed last week to put a temporary moratorium on permanent signs. The six-month moratorium regulates outdoor signs along highways in rural areas. It prohibits both on-premises and off-premises signs.
Storage -- at least of old paper documents -- has turned out to be less of a problem than expected for St.
Child Support Department workers skilled in collections will work part time in the St. Croix County Clerk of Courts office for six months to help collect delinquent fines. The intent of this pilot project is to determine if the amount collected can justify hiring a new collection clerk, said Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. Two Child Support employees will spend a total of 10 hours a week for six months on fine collections. Child Support Administrator Katy Kapaun said she recently hired a collections specialist with 10 years' experience, and her office is now getting more work done.
St. Croix County has begun the process of seeking proposals from businesses interested in buying or renting the county-owned nursing home or in partnering to develop a new nursing home or campus. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson reported Tuesday that the HHS Committee has finalized and released a request for proposals, implementing a plan approved by the County Board in late October. The St. Croix Health Center is a 72-bed skilled nursing home in New Richmond.
Regional planners are proposing combining small revolving loan funds into a pool of about $14 million to help west central Wisconsin businesses expand and to assist new businesses that move here. "There are lots of these little pools of funds, and some of them don't get used," said Ann Raid, a senior planner for West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
A St. Croix County deputy is recovering after being seriously injured when he was struck by another vehicle while assisting at an accident scene on I-94. The incident occurred at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.