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Storage -- at least of old paper documents -- has turned out to be less of a problem than expected for St.
St. Croix County has begun the process of seeking proposals from businesses interested in buying or renting the county-owned nursing home or in partnering to develop a new nursing home or campus. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson reported Tuesday that the HHS Committee has finalized and released a request for proposals, implementing a plan approved by the County Board in late October. The St. Croix Health Center is a 72-bed skilled nursing home in New Richmond.
A local woman convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of her infant daughter may now have more children without fear of legal repercussions. Last Wednesday Judge James Duvall, Buffalo County, lifted a restriction on having babies for Andrea L. Goetz, 31, whose three-month-old daughter Diana died of apparent dehydration in a motel in River Falls on May 31, 2000. But, said Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, the court-imposed restriction meant nothing.
St. Croix County planners are asking for a six-month moratorium on permanent outdoor signs to give the county time to review and rewrite its 30-year-old standards. Existing rules aren't adequate to deal with many requests for signs along new four-lane sections of highways 64 and 35, said Planner Ellen Denzer. She said current law nearly prohibits billboards. "Our sign section is as old as the (zoning) ordinance," said Denzer. "A lot of things have happened in St.
Regional planners are proposing combining small revolving loan funds into a pool of about $14 million to help west central Wisconsin businesses expand and to assist new businesses that move here. "There are lots of these little pools of funds, and some of them don't get used," said Ann Raid, a senior planner for West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
Nancy Ortwerth had hardly gotten over the high of being elected Pierce County sheriff when she and her fiancé flew off to Jamaica and got married. On Nov. 7 county voters chose the 40-year-old DARE officer over incumbent Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen by a vote of 7,832 to 6,108. On Nov. 25 she and Jason Hove were married. "It's still hard to believe," she said of her election. "I'm doing wonderful -- I think," said Hove Friday, reacting to her whirlwind month. Defeating an incumbent isn't easy. But Hove, who measures just 5 ft.
In the words of the president of Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, about 40 acres with recreational, environmental and historic value will be "preserved forever" as the land was added last week to a state park west of River Falls. The property along the Kinnickinnic River includes remnants of a dam built around 1910 to serve the Clifton Hollow settlement.
A St. Croix County deputy is recovering after being seriously injured when he was struck by another vehicle while assisting at an accident scene on I-94. The incident occurred at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County is looking for a real estate consultant to evaluate and assess the Ellsworth M&I Bank and analyze the benefits of buying versus renting that building. The county has been renting space in the bank -- next door to the courthouse -- for $54,000 a year.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee last week OK'd using contingency fund money to help pay for a smoke detector/alarm system for the courthouse and the county office building. The project has been in the works for a couple of years, and $75,000 has been carried over in the building outlay fund. During 2007 budget work, another $75,000 was earmarked in the contingency fund for the project.