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ELLSWORTH - A longtime Pierce County lawyer, convicted on his third and fourth drunk driving charges, was sentenced last Thursday to 185 days in jail and fined $3,864. Warren Lee Brandt, 55, Prescott, was Pierce County district attorney in 1983 and 1984. He's to begin serving his sentence Oct.
ELLSWORTH--Two young men awaiting trial on burglary charges were arrested last Thursday apparently living in a camper parked in the cattle barn at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Cody C. Muhlhausen and Timothy Joseph "TJ" Degroat, both 19, were charged Friday with felony bail jumping, entry into a locked building and misdemeanor theft.
In a controversy that has lingered for decades, a state appeals court ruled that a St. Croix County law to allow a truck repair business and transfer point in a rural area is invalid. The court found that because a special exception permit cannot allow a use incompatible with the underlying zoning, John Bettendorf's 16-year-old permit for a truck repair business and transfer point in an Agricultural-Residential zone is not valid. According to background information in the decision released Aug.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board voted last week to use up to $10,000 from the county's $1 million Park Development Fund to help build a dam at Nugget Lake Park. The money will pay a third of the cost the earthen dam at the county park. The dam is one of two and will cost $25,250. Of that cost, $8,416 will come from the development fund and the rest from the Land Conservation Department's budget. The Park Development Fund has a balance of $1,094,902. That money was collected over the years as land in the county was sold for new houses.
ELLSWORTH -- After a five-month delay, the Pierce County Board adopted amendments to its St. Croix Riverway zoning code last week. The action revises county law to comply with changes the state made to Chapter NR 118 of Wisconsin's Administrative Code. The state changes, which must be incorporated into county law, were finalized in the summer of 2004. Pierce County's amendments came to the County Board in February.
Landowners seeking approval to subdivide property in St.
MENOMONIE -- A major mission of the national Disabled American Veterans is to assist injured vets, but Chapter 26 members want to go farther as they lay plans to help their communities. Fifteen months ago Tri-County Chapter 26 -- which serves Pierce, St. Croix and Dunn counties -- bought the former Windmill Sports building north of Menomonie. Along with the building -- which DAV members renovated into a lounge, bars, meeting room and banquet hall -- the 12-acre site holds a golf driving range, picnic shelter and miniature golf course. Recently Chapter 26 members have asked the Pierce, St.
Construction has slowed in Pierce and St. Croix counties and that means a slower growth in real estate tax revenues for both counties. According to numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Friday, new construction has raised St. Croix County's tax base by 4.974 percent. That compares to an increase of 6.645 percent last year. New construction has raised Pierce County tax base by 3.366 percent, compared to 3.411 percent last year. Last year St. Croix County's net rate of new construction was the highest in the state. This year St. Croix ranks second, led only by Adams County.
The number of supervisors serving on the 31-member St. Croix County Board won't be reduced anytime soon. A report on the feasibility of cutting the board to 21 members met with mixed reaction Tuesday. The Administration Committee will consider the comments and continue discussion, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick after the meeting. Administration Committee members, who have been studying the issue for four months, said reducing the number of supervisors won't save much money because the remaining board members would take on more committee assignments.