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Representatives of seven companies potentially interested in taking over St. Croix County's nursing home attended an information meeting this month. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson said only one business attended an earlier session. All the information requested or presented at those meetings plus other information potential applicants might want has been posted at the county's Web site, said Johnson. Proposals are due Feb. 15. In related business Tuesday, the County Board added five more members to the team that will review proposals.
A new state law that says police should record interviews with anyone arrested for a serious crime means more cost and more work, but Pierce and St. Croix county officers agree it's not all bad. "If we have it on tape, it's right out there for everybody to see," said St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead. "It makes us better at our job and it can help eliminate those cases...
Last Thursday a consultant reported on a plan whose goal is to have excess land around the St.
The St. Croix County treasurer's office will act as a pilot in a project to scan and digitize records to store them and eventually make them available to the public online. The St. Croix County Finance Committee voted last week to proceed with a contract to buy software to scan and index tax records. The equipment will be purchased from Cities Digital of Hudson. Treasurer Cheryl Slind said the software scans, images and indexes documents.
In the 10 years since it was formed, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 26 homes. This year, thanks in part to a commitment from Lutherans, crews will start work on six more. In recent years, the local Habitat chapter has been averaging four houses a year, said Executive Director Amy Muzzy. In 2007 the commitment from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which is donating money and arranging volunteers, will help build three of six houses. "It's a big jump," Muzzy. "This to me is just wonderful what they've instigated," said Muzzy.
When Kitty Rhoades was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, she was asked to fill out a form listing five legislative committees she would like to serve on. She wrote "Finance" five times. A Republican Party leader called for clarification, saying "Half of the group said you didn't understand (how to fill out the form). The other half said you did." Rhoades said she most definitely knew what she was doing.
Pierce County will hire a collection agency to go after thousands of dollars in delinquent debt. Professional Placement Services, Milwaukee, an agency that specializes in government debt collection, will work with debt owed to the clerk of courts office and the Human Services, Public Health and Sheriff's departments. The collection fee will be 19%.
SOMERSET -- While others are admiring the enormity and complexity of farm equipment, Stan Krueger is likely to be looking at the details and imagining ways to reproduce them in plastic or steel at 1/16 or 1/64 scale. Since he and his brothers started customizing their 1950s-era Tonka trucks, Krueger has tinkered with toys. Fifty years ago, the intent was to "improve" the toys by adding a tandem axel or fuel tank.
ELLSWORTH -- A $10,000 grant from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation will play a major part in funding the Pierce County Public Health Department's dental clinic and will allow the clinic to offer more services. Over half of the children seen at the Preventive Dental Health Clinic need restorative work such as fillings, said Public Health Director Caralynn Hodgson.
ELLSWORTH -- The County Board has given the go-ahead to submit an application for Pierce County to host Wisconsin's 2010 Farm Technology Days. Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart and County Board Chairman Paul Barkla will begin drafting the application, which is due April 11. The event, formerly known as Farm Progress Days, is an annual three-day outdoor event that draws over 600 exhibitors and thousands of visitors.