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ELLSWORTH: Pierce County Board members are set to vote for pay raises for department heads and managers later this month but expect that the 3% increases proposed by the Finance and Personnel Committee will be hotly debated and probably amended at the Jan. 24 meeting. The proposal, approved on a divided vote by the committee, suggests the county stick with the current 10-step salary matrix but increase all non-union salaries by 3% effective Jan.
There will be races for four River Falls area seats on the Pierce County Board, but the filing deadline passed Tuesday with no candidate for the District 4 seat now held by Scott Mulhern. These are the local races: In District 2, Jim Camery, W11860 County Road FF, River Falls, is challenging LeRoy Peterson, W10604 County Road FF, River Falls, who has been on the board for nearly 10 years. District 2 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Clifton and Ward 3 of the city of Prescott. In District 6, Barbara Kolpin, 220 S.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board tied up loose threads last week, formally distancing itself from attempts to shore up the financially troubled Humane Society of Pierce St. Croix Inc. During their Dec.
It was like finding out you're the biggest loser and the biggest winner at the same time. Last week the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau released a study showing the state owes 33 counties a total of $1.8 million in sales tax receipts. The greatest debt - $361,643 - is to St.
HUDSON: After 2½ years of staff work, public hearings and revisions, the St. Croix County Board approved amended land use ordinances last week. The amendments and new chapter adopted by the County Board at its Dec.
Two prominent members of the St. Croix County Board have filed declarations of non-candidacy, indicating they won't seek re-election in April. The two are Ralph Swenson, North Hudson, who is completing his third term on the board and currently chairs its Finance Committee; and Art Jacobson, Woodville, who is completing his 18th year on the board. Swenson represents Wards 2 through 5 of the village of North Hudson. Jacobson represents the town of Baldwin and the village of Woodville.
St. Croix County has received $200,000 less in sales tax than it got at this point last year, but county officials aren't sure if they should be worried yet. "We're continuing to monitor this, but right now it doesn't look good," said Finance Committee Chairman Ralph Swenson as he led fellow County Board members through a budget discussion last week. Projections prepared by UW Extension sources have been fairly accurate in the past, but county officials are wondering if they're working now, Swenson said. St. Croix isn't alone.
The Town of Troy's 104-year-old former town hall has a fresh look, thanks to an Eagle Scout and his helpers. Carl Magnusson and his friends spent a weekend in September scraping, priming and painting the structure, now used for office space and storage for the town's recycling center. Magnusson, the son of Dale and Diane Magnusson, chose the task as his Eagle Scout leadership service project. The 20 by 40 foot building, at the intersection of Townsvalley Road and Chinnock Lane, was built in 1901. It served as the town hall until 1962.
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County's fledgling preventive dental clinic ran into another obstacle this summer when the Wisconsin Department of Justice issued an opinion that cut off the clinic's liability coverage. The county Public Health Department will pay $950 to buy insurance for a part-time dentist through the Wisconsin Dental Association. The Finance and Personnel Committee voted this month to allow the department to buy insurance with the understanding that if the clinic can't cover its costs by the end of the year, the issue will go to the full County Board.
University Extension specialists from Wisconsin and Minnesota are planning workshops to help area farmers look at the potential for storing more grain and weigh the costs against expected earnings, said Pierce County Agriculture Agent Greg Andrews Friday. The information will be presented during a series of on-farm programs scheduled for the last week of September in about 10 counties along the Mississippi. The Pierce and St. Croix workshops are set for Tuesday, Sept. 27.