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Last week St. Croix County supervisors saw the fruits of their decisions as an ecologist gave a presentation on a conservation design plan for a town of Hammond housing development. Several county departments and agencies worked for the better part of three years on an ordinance package, major components of which were changes to set conservation design land division standards, said Planning and Zoning Director David Fodroczi.
Getting approval for a package of "technical amendments" to St. Croix County zoning ordinances hasn't been a quick and painless process. Three months ago, the St. Croix County Board tabled the whole package of amendments.
A 21-year-old recent graduate of UW-River Falls is challenging Kitty Rhoades for the Wisconsin Assembly seat she has held since 1998. Dan Gorman, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and finance, said the main thrust of his campaign is "to implement a progressive economic development plan for Wisconsin." The 30th Assembly District includes the western parts of Pierce and St.
St. Croix County's judges are asking to move up full implementation of a drug court by hiring a coordinator this year. Judge Eric Lundell reported that the county's drug court is up and running.
WAUSAU -- In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals found that a former New Richmond zoning administrator can't be fined for violating the open meetings law because there was no meeting. The appeals panel ruled that it would be "absurd" to require officials such as Wallace Habhegger, the only member of his department, to hold open meetings to discuss the reasoning for denying a building permit.
Last week the St. Croix County Board approved a plan to borrow $715,184 to cover the county's share of four projects, including replacement of radio consoles for emergency communications and a 911 system for cellular phones. As supervisors worked on the 2006 budget last fall, they decided state-imposed tax levy limits wouldn't allow them to include the funding in the 2006 budget. Instead they decided to borrow for the projects. Finance Director Michelle Pietrick advised that the loan is outside the reach of the levy limit.
ELLSWORTH -- A jury heard testimony for five days but deliberated for under 15 minutes before deciding a doctor was not negligent in his treatment of a University of Wisconsin-River Falls student who died of bacterial meningitis. Erik Spindler, 20, a business administration major from Stillwater, Minn., died Nov. 11, 2002, at River Falls Area Hospital. His family later filed a malpractice suit against Dr.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee voted Monday to endorse a plan for the county to order $210,000 worth of voting systems that allow disabled citizens to vote without assistance. Wisconsin will receive $18 million under the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 to buy voting systems, including hardware and software, and to pay training, maintenance and other costs. Locally, municipalities will get $6,000 for a unit at each polling place. St.
Answers to escalating fuel costs lie in developing alternative energy sources and learning conservation lessons we should have learned two decades ago, said Congressman Ron Kind Friday. He suggested a "new Apollo" effort to make the United States energy independent by 2020. Kind, D-Wisconsin, made time for an interview between lunch with Pierce County officials and attending the inauguration for UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz. The congressman also held a town hall meeting in Ellsworth later in the day. "The truth is we don't have a lot of leverage," said Kind of President George W.
Melissa Belanger has been making dolls nearly her whole life. But the red stuffed bear she made when she was four is a far cry from the stylish figures she creates in her Hudson studio today. Belanger drew the pattern and stitched her first doll, "Flossy." Her mother applied a second set of stitches to hold the bear's seams securely. By the time she was 15 or 16, Belanger was making dolls to sell. "It's something I just keep going back to," said Belanger, sitting surrounded by her creations in the upstairs studio above her home on Second Street. Her studio will be one stop on the Art Open