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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.
Pierce County will hire a collection agency to go after thousands of dollars in delinquent debt. Professional Placement Services, Milwaukee, an agency that specializes in government debt collection, will work with debt owed to the clerk of courts office and the Human Services, Public Health and Sheriff's departments. The collection fee will be 19%.
ELLSWORTH -- A $10,000 grant from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation will play a major part in funding the Pierce County Public Health Department's dental clinic and will allow the clinic to offer more services. Over half of the children seen at the Preventive Dental Health Clinic need restorative work such as fillings, said Public Health Director Caralynn Hodgson.
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.
ELLSWORTH -- The County Board has given the go-ahead to submit an application for Pierce County to host Wisconsin's 2010 Farm Technology Days. Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart and County Board Chairman Paul Barkla will begin drafting the application, which is due April 11. The event, formerly known as Farm Progress Days, is an annual three-day outdoor event that draws over 600 exhibitors and thousands of visitors.
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.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board voted this week to remove a moving expense allotment from Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart's contract, to pay him $250 a month for in-county travel and other expenses and to clarify that he is supervised by the Finance and Personnel Committee. The $1,000 moving expense allowance was removed because Kephart, who lives in Rochester, doesn't intend to move to Pierce County.
ELLSWORTH -- On Jan. 2, Pierce County's coroner will become its medical examiner with a sizable increase in pay. Incumbent Coroner Sue Dzubay has lobbied supervisors to go from an elected coroner system to a hired medical examiner to assure that qualified people are handling death investigations. The County Board voted in March to switch to a medical examiner.
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.