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In an interview on her publisher's Web site, Mary Relindes Ellis tells of growing up in a "totally different region that was nearly its own country." The region is northern Wisconsin. And at age 45, Ellis, who now lives in Hammond, is still realizing the depth and value of her roots. Her debut novel, published by Viking last year, has been chosen to receive this year's Wisconsin Library Association's Banta Award.
HUDSON: Although new construction will allow the county to increase its tax levy well above a state-mandated base, 2006 budget work will be tough, St. Croix County Finance Committee Chairman Ralph Swenson advised the County Board Tuesday. Numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Monday show new construction added 6.36% to the county's property tax base. Limits in the state budget allow counties to increase their budgets by 2% or by their percentage of new construction, whichever is greater. St.
RIVER FALLS: While State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf has some good things to say about the 2005-2007 state budget, by the end of last week she promised to draft a constitutional amendment to limit the governor's line-item veto power. "Wisconsin citizens would be shocked if they saw how major funding decisions are being made in the budget signed...by Gov. Jim Doyle," said Harsdorf, R-River Falls.
Eight months after he filed the complaint, a Beldenville man has dropped a civil lawsuit that alleged River Falls police officers and ambulance workers mistreated him while he had an epileptic seizure. Michael Linehan, Beldenville, has agreed to dismiss the suit and drop any claims he might have had against the city of River Falls, the River Falls Police Department and the River Falls ambulance service. River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said no settlement was paid to Linehan, who agreed to dismiss the case voluntarily. Linehan filed the suit without the assistance of a
A two-week trip to Kenya this summer taught a couple of area nurses how little it takes to make a difference and how much it would take to make significant changes. They also returned with a Kenyan woman's admonition weighing on their hearts: "You can't be tired until the work is done." Nancy Rowe, a registered nurse from Baldwin, and Elaine Sorensen, a licensed practical nurse from Beldenville, spent June 14-30 assisting mission projects run by Dr.
TOWN OF MARTELL: Beck Dowd believes every horse deserves a second chance and beyond that a pleasant retirement. Her dream came true in a matter of months late last year with the opening of Rolling Rock Rescue and Retirement, a newly incorporated non-profit rescue farm. The farm takes in horses that have been abused, injured or neglected or whose owners just can't keep them any longer. "I always wanted to do this," said Dowd, who moved to her Pierce County farm three years ago.
HUDSON: The St. Croix County Board is expected to vote June 21 on revisions to the county's St. Croix Riverway Ordinance. The revisions incorporate changes made to regulations at the state level. The law applies to property along the St. Croix River. In St. Croix County that includes land in the towns of Troy, Hudson, St. Joseph and Somerset. Under NR 118, the Department of Natural Resources divided the riverway into five management zones. St. Croix County land in the Lower St.
TOWN OF TROY: Renee and Douglas Sigwarth start their day like many other parents by getting their children off to school and daycare before they both head off to work. But the couple's commute is just few feet out their front door and into their studio - and they go together. On Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, the Sigwarth glass studio and four other studios will be featured stops on the Art Opener, a fine art tour through the St.
ELLSWORTH: A last ditch attempt to sidetrack action that would give most Pierce County department heads and managers a set of three raises this year was stopped by a 5-1 vote of the Finance and Personnel Committee Friday. After the meeting, River Falls Supervisor Paul Barkla, who introduced the proposal, said he has made his point and won't pursue the matter. In related business Friday, the committee voted to recommend that the County Board hire Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minn., to review and update the pay matrix for the non-union employee group. I
Supporters call it the "Smoke Free Dining Act." Opponents say it's a thinly veiled effort to undermine local smoke-free standards and block future progress on the issue. The new bill - authored by Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and his brother Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon - would expand the general prohibition against smoking in restaurants to smaller establishments and to bowling centers.