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In a decision released Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a 63-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl at a family gathering in the town of Hammond. The appeals court affirmed the judgment of St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell, who sentenced Mark V. Kramer Sr. to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years of extended supervision.
It's not marriage, but some say it's marriage-like. There will be a waiting period and a fee, but no ceremony is needed. In a couple of weeks, same-sex couples in Wisconsin will be allowed to declare domestic partnerships and take advantage of some of the rights and benefits extended to married couples. County clerks around the state are preparing to accept domestic partnership declaration applications starting Aug. 3. The Domestic Partnership Law was included in the 2009-2010 state budget signed by Gov. Jim Doyle June 29.
While school districts and some county residents are benefiting from federal economic stimulus money, St. Croix County itself hasn't been very successful. "There's a ton of programs out there, but we haven't been able to find ones that apply to what the county is doing," Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting told Finance Committee members last week. The Highway Department applied for funding for four projects but got approval for none.
Andersen Corporation announced at noon Tuesday that it will cut 250 management and office staff positions within the next two weeks. Over half of those jobs are at the Bayport facility. Not all are currently filled. In January the company announced the temporary layoff of about 600 production workers. Those employees are now back on the job, said Maureen McDonough, Andersen's director of corporate communications.
Victoria Bear may be coming home in a few days rather than spending four more years in state prison. Last week an appeals court found a St. Croix County judge exceeded his authority by effectively revoking the former Hudson woman's probation before she began serving a year-long jail term for causing the death of Michael Strauch, Hudson. Her attorney, James R.
Two new business parks in Roberts would make ideal locations for business expansion, says Jim Zeller, one of the principals in the privately owned parks. The area is easily accessible by several modes of transportation, offers an excellent workforce and is in the center of two growing markets, said Zeller. The two locations are just off I-94, the area's major east-west corridor, with access from Hwy. 65, the major north-south route.
A woman who has spent much of her career as an accountant for manufacturing companies and was most recently North Hudson's deputy treasurer is St.
St. Croix County will be taking bids to replace the asphalt shingle roof on the Agricultural Services and Education Center in Baldwin. Last month Facilities Manager Art Tobin reported on problems with the roof and asked that it be replaced next year. But last week Finance Committee members agreed it would be better to replace the roof now rather than make do with repairs. The Ag Center was built in 1997 with a three-tab asphalt shingle roof. The roof leaks in the winter after long periods of cold weather. After an inspection, Kurt Reed of Roof Spec Inc., St.
After being assured no county funds will be used, St. Croix County Board members agreed last week to add a fourth worker to the county's victim/witness assistance program. The county program now has three full-time positions: The coordinator, a specialist and a legal advocate.