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ELLSWORTH: Pierce County finance committee members voted Friday to recommend that County Board Chairman Ron Anderson fill in as administrative coordinator until a new coordinator is hired or until the board takes other action. Mark Schroeder, who has been administrative coordinator for five years, has resigned effective Nov. 12.
It's an unlikely combination: a correctional officer, a cartoon character and a statewide obsession with a football team. But in the jailer's mind the other two clicked and CheeseBob was created. In less than a year, Joe Engesser, a former Prescott man now living in Stockholm, has sold about 600 T-shirts emblazoned with a cheese-yellow drawing of a joyful football fan. Engesser, the father of three sons, said his children are fans of the Nickelodeon character SpongeBob Squarepants, and one day as he was watching SpongeBob with the boys, an idea occurred to him. "I t
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder resigned Friday. "As it is apparent that members of the County Board of Supervisors and I have divergent opinions as to the best goals for Pierce County government and its management, I believe it is in all our best interests that I offer my resignation...," wrote Schroeder in a letter signed by himself and County Board Chairman Ron Anderson. The letter said Schroeder was offering his resignation contingent on receiving five months severance pay and use of all accrued time in his vacation and sick leave accounts.<
In an attempt to avoid obstacles to future plans, the city of River Falls is asking a Pierce County judge to remove restrictive covenants from Ingram Center property. In a case filed Oct. 7, the city's attorney asked the court to remove deed provisions requiring that the 3½ lots given to the city by Louise C.
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse has joined VotePower, a statewide effort to elevate the issue of violence against women and help victims vote this fall. The organization is seeking to register women who come or bring their children to Turningpoint support groups and is offering rides and babysitting on Election Day, said Marge Baldwin, president of the Turningpoint Board of Directors. A shelter staff member is also authorized to help clients fill out voter registration forms, she said. "We want to register as many of our clients as we can, who general
ELLSWORTH - Professionals at a preventive dental clinic begin seeing young patients this week. Dentist Barb Tashjian and hygienist Jennie Borst have a full schedule of appointments for their first day in the exam room in Pierce County's Public Health Department. The clinic will focus on children whose families are receiving services through the county's Public Health or Human Services departments.
ELLSWORTH: Neighbors' complaints about an animal refuge have prompted the Pierce County Board to consider amending its zoning law to change the definition of "kennel." The proposed amendment was introduced Sept. 21 and is set for adoption at the Oct.
One day Bill Junkman got in his car to go home and a realization came to him: "Now I know why I was put here." The River Falls man was hired at 3M in St. Paul in 1969.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board adopted a policy change last week that will allow townships to dip into a county park fund for help with local projects. Pierce County now has about $500,000 in the Park Development Fund it started in about 1980. For over 20 years the county has charged a park fee for residential lots created in rural areas. The fee has ranged from $100 per lot to the current fee of $600 per lot created by a certified survey map or 10% of the raw land value for parcels created by plat.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board adopted a revised floodplain ordinance last week, putting the last touches on a law supervisors thought they had finalized in April. The revisions adopted four months ago were based on a model ordinance released by the state Department of Natural Resources. The proposed county law added text saying flood-proofing measures would be exempt from a standard that limits the cost of improvements on structures in a floodplain to half the value of the building. The county's version of the ordinance was sent to the DNR Feb. 12.