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St. Croix and Pierce county residents led the state in their support for organ and tissue donation in 2004. Last week representatives of the Wisconsin Coalition on Donation and the state Department of Health and Family Services visited the Hudson DMV Service Center to say thank you to local residents and to the DMV staff who routinely ask drivers if they wish to be recorded as potential donors. The staff was presented with the 2004 "Gift of Life" Achievement Award and treated to lunch. According to 2004 counts, St. Croix ranks No.
ELLSWORTH: During its March 22 meeting, the Pierce County Board adopted a revised job description for the county administrative coordinator, but supervisors will wait until they change county law this month to begin the search for a new coordinator. The new job description is half a page shorter and replaces words such as "determines" and "supervises" with words such as "develops" and "participates." County Board Chairman Ron Anderson has been filling in as coordinator since Mark Schroeder resigned last November. While the old description said applicants must have a master's degr
Western Wisconsin legislators say they have two tasks as they work on anti-methamphetamine laws: to educate and to legislate. Last week eight area lawmakers held a press conference in Madison to introduce the Crackdown on Meth Act. Local law enforcement officials from throughout the region also made the trip to the Capitol to participate in an informational hearing. "The reason we did that was to bring visibility to the issue," said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls.
Soldiers' families want to send packages from home to each of the 65 men in Delta Company and are inviting area people to help. Delta Company members of the 1-128th National Guard Infantry, based at the Armory in River Falls, were mobilized last year and are serving in Iraq. Mary Swift, Hudson, who has two sons in the unit, said the Delta Company Family Support Group plans to send shoe-box-size packages to each of the 65 soldiers.
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ELLSWORTH: The county's Finance and Personnel Committee voted 4-3 Friday to recommend that the Pierce County Board give an across-the-board raise of 2% to its managers and department heads and to simplify their salary matrix by cutting out 10 of 15 steps. The proposal also calls for increasing annual longevity bonuses for non-union workers from $20 to $40 per year of service, developing and implementing a merit performance evaluation system and future review and analysis of position placements on the grade system. The agenda for Tuesday's County Board meeting indicates action on
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County administrators have started to take advantage of union contract changes that allow them to schedule clerical workers for longer work weeks. Historically members of the courthouse and Human Services Department support staff unions have worked and been paid for a 35-hour work week. Changes in recently approved contracts give department heads the discretion to schedule 40-hour weeks. A Land Conservation Department computer program specialist was the first job expanded under the new contract.
The River Falls Town Board's request for a ruling saying its zoning law is enforceable hit a brick wall last week when a Pierce County judge said a court can't make a decision on a hypothetical controversy. "A boxing match without two boxers, each wanting to win, is not a fight and a lawsuit without two adverse parties is not a justiciable controversy," wrote Judge Robert Wing in a three-page ruling dated Dec.
The local domestic abuse shelter hopes to set up a second-hand household goods store in about a month. The purpose of the store - named Second Chances - will be to raise money for Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse and eventually to provide work experience for clients, said Executive Director Sharon Metcalf. Heather McAbee, who chairs the startup subcommittee, said the store is on track to open early in January at 128 S. Main St.