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Paul Nelson says his local roots, Marine Corps experience, family support, faith in God, business success and community involvement make him the right candidate to serve Wisconsin's 3rd District in Congress. Nelson, a real estate agent, said his job has given him a clear understanding of the values and needs of families in western Wisconsin. "It's kind of a special job in that we get to work in people's homes," he said. Sitting around kitchen or dining room tables visiting with clients has given him "a great feel for the things that are important to people in western Wisconsin" including fa
After three days of hearings and more juggling by administrators who chopped $2.4 million from budget requests, St. Croix County Finance Committee members thought they were close to a 2007 budget that would work. Then last week they got bids for health insurance and suddenly found themselves, using the words of Finance Director Michelle Pietrick, with "a total hole" of $351,358. Last Thursday the committee voted to tap the county sales tax fund to cover that hole and restore the contingency fund to a comfortable level.
Because the project is nearly finished and almost all checked out, the St. Croix County Finance Committee agreed to accept a cut in price, rather than a performance bond, for communications equipment. In May the county hired BearCom Wireless Worldwide to install equipment that will allow emergency dispatchers to locate cell phone users who dial 911. Gary Kollman, director of the county's emergency communications center, said the purchase order for the project was signed May 30. BearCom was given 20 days to provide a performance bond. "The project went very quickly," said Kollman.
About three years after the first offer was made, St. Croix County has gotten another $445,000 for land the Wisconsin Department of Transportation took for Hwy. 64 work. The DOT first offered $169,000, although it later paid $172,718.
No vote was taken, but it was obvious at last week's meeting that some St.
Landowners seeking approval to subdivide property in St.
The St. Croix County Board agreed last week to rezone 600 acres in the town of St. Joseph from Agricultural to Ag-Residential. The land, owned by John and Georgine Schottler, is located at 1374 County I, Somerset. Rezoning such a large parcel of land "is not a minor occurrence," said former Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Ron Raymond, as he asked for more information before voting. The request came with the support of the Town Board, and most of the land in the town of St.
Construction has slowed in Pierce and St. Croix counties and that means a slower growth in real estate tax revenues for both counties. According to numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Friday, new construction has raised St. Croix County's tax base by 4.974 percent. That compares to an increase of 6.645 percent last year. New construction has raised Pierce County tax base by 3.366 percent, compared to 3.411 percent last year. Last year St. Croix County's net rate of new construction was the highest in the state. This year St. Croix ranks second, led only by Adams County.
MENOMONIE -- A major mission of the national Disabled American Veterans is to assist injured vets, but Chapter 26 members want to go farther as they lay plans to help their communities. Fifteen months ago Tri-County Chapter 26 -- which serves Pierce, St. Croix and Dunn counties -- bought the former Windmill Sports building north of Menomonie. Along with the building -- which DAV members renovated into a lounge, bars, meeting room and banquet hall -- the 12-acre site holds a golf driving range, picnic shelter and miniature golf course. Recently Chapter 26 members have asked the Pierce, St.
The number of supervisors serving on the 31-member St. Croix County Board won't be reduced anytime soon. A report on the feasibility of cutting the board to 21 members met with mixed reaction Tuesday. The Administration Committee will consider the comments and continue discussion, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick after the meeting. Administration Committee members, who have been studying the issue for four months, said reducing the number of supervisors won't save much money because the remaining board members would take on more committee assignments.