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A primary election will be held Sept. 12 to select the Democrat who will face the Republican incumbent in the November election for Pierce County sheriff. The two Democratic candidates are Nancy Ortwerth and Tom Gunderson, both long-time law enforcement officers. The winner of the September primary will run against Everett Muhlhausen, who has been sheriff for the past six years. Printed below are the three candidates' responses to a series of questions. Thomas S. Gunderson Party: Democrat
A primary election will be held Sept. 12 to select the Republican candidate for Pierce County treasurer. Three Republicans and a Democrat are running for the position now held by Lee Skog, who is not seeking re-election. The Republican candidates are Gordon Borner, Beldenville; Tami Langer, Ellsworth; and Faye Owen, Maiden Rock. The Democratic candidate is Paula Knutson, Beldenville. Printed below are the four candidates' responses to a series of questions. Gordon L. Borner Age: 56 Party: Republican
Veterans issues are becoming a key part of the campaign of Isaac Weix who is running for the 29th Assembly District. Weix is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq and now runs a hardware store in Elmwood - a store he co-owns with his brother. "Politicians are good at writing benefits, but bad at setting up the bureaucracy that runs them," said Weix who is running as a Republican to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Andy Lamb.
The state has tracked down 17 criminals from its most wanted sex offenders list. Law enforcement leaders compiled the list based on criteria ranging from the seriousness of the offenders' crimes to their overall criminal histories. Gov. Jim Doyle's administration says that of those offenders the state found, 14 are now in custody, one is dead, another was deported, and another posted bond while he awaits a felony trial. Doyle also says that 88 percent of Wisconsin's sex offenders now comply with the law that requires them to keep the state posted on their whereabouts.
The father of a Wisconsin soldier killed in Iraq last month says military officials have ordered soldiers in his son's unit not to cooperate with an investigation into the allegedly poor training they received before they went to Iraq. But a National Guard spokesman says a new order issued last week makes it clear the soldiers can speak freely. Stephen Castner's son complained about inadequate training at Camp Shelby before he went to Iraq.
Gov. Jim Doyle has directed state regulators to let businesses sell ethanol-based fuel at lower prices than Wisconsin's "minimum markup" law would normally allow. Doyle's order was prompted by a situation in Monroe, where Badger State Ethanol dropped the price on its E-85 fuel to a little more than two dollars per gallon over Memorial Day weekend.
Habitat restoration in the Mississippi River near Alma will be delayed because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended the drawdown of Pool 5 which began in June. The Corps made the move after a tugboat was grounded and a channel in the river closed earlier this month. In a release the Corps said the grounding was not because of the drawdown which was going on at the time. According to the Corps, water levels were near normal at the time of the grounding. The channel was dredged and the river was reopened to commercial navigation.
A Somerset man has been sentenced to prison on two counts of causing a child to view sexually explicit conduct. Judge Edward F. Vlack sentenced Christopher Edward Mikulski, 46, 595 Valley View Trail, to a total eight years in prison followed by 10 years' extended supervision last Friday afternoon. Mikulski was also fined $464 and ordered to pay restitution. He was convicted of the two felony counts May 16. A third similar charge was dismissed. The criminal complaint said that between March 7 and Sept.
A fire that destroyed a one-story ranch on Spring Street in Somerset July 16 is now being investigated as an arson, and the suspect might have been in the country illegally, Somerset Police Chief Doug Briggs said today (Monday). The State Fire Marshal was called to investigate and Briggs said physical evidence at the scene showed the fire likely was intentionally started in a pile of clothes in the basement. At this stage of the investigation, the chief said he could not release details on how the fire was started, but he did offer information on motive.
The man who caused the death of 8-year old Stephen Hubbard of Hammond in December 2004 will spend 15 years in prison and will be on 10-years extended probation after that. Kevin H. Rood was sentenced Thursday in St. Croix County Court after entering a plea of no contest on the charge of 2nd degree reckless homicide in February. In addition to his prison term and supervised release Rood will have to complete anger management and maintain absolute sobriety. The original criminal complaint said the boy was taken to Baldwin Hospital after falling in the shower at his Hammond home.