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HUDSON: St. Croix County Board members voted during their August meeting to reject a set of land use ordinance amendments the Planning and Zoning Committee and staff have been working on for over a year. The amendments were defeated by a show-of-hands vote.
If you want world peace, it seems practical to start in your own little corner of the world. That's the theory behind a local initiative called Crossroads to Peace. "It's not a difficult idea, but I think there are times that we need to be reminded that you need to be intentional about creating peace," said Crossroads Chairwoman Judy Freund, Hudson. About a year ago a group of area people, stimulated by Rotary International's centennial year and its emphasis on world peace, met to discuss local action. The group developed a goal of building community focus towards p
The idea seemed ideal: Recycle waste lumber as an erosion control material on construction sites. But the Prescott-based company that helped pioneer the plan found even a good idea needs testing and fine-tuning.
ELLSWORTH: Later this month, the Pierce County Board will vote on a proposal to require developers to pay to have their erosion control plans reviewed by the Land Conservation Department. Once the new law goes into effect, developers will be charged $150 for each acre in a plat. In addition to that fee, developers will be charged $50 per acre for parcels from which allowable densities are transferred. The new rules are expected to be adopted at the Aug. 24 County Board meeting. The money will be used, in part, to hire a new conservation engineering technician.
ELLSWORTH: A university professor narrowly out-scored a farmer, who is also a town board member, last week to earn one of two citizen seats on Pierce County's Land Management Committee. It took four ballots on July 27 for Pierce County Board members to elect Eric Sanden, a professor of land management at UW-River Falls, to the committee. The Land Management Committee -- which includes three members elected from the County Board and two citizen members elected by the County Board -- sets land use planning and zoning goals, hears rezoning requests, hears requests for and grants spe
After periods of high unemployment, of not enough new jobs and of losses in manufacturing jobs, the state's economy is on the upswing, said the secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development Monday. Roberta Gassman was among members of Gov. Jim Doyle's cabinet who accompanied him on a tour of western Wisconsin early this week. "The Wisconsin economy right now is really on the upswing," said Gassman.
In a development that surprised many area political observers, Alice Clausing filed nomination papers one day ahead of the deadline to become a candidate for the Wisconsin Senate. Clausing represented the 10th Senate District for eight years before being defeated by Republican Sheila Harsdorf in November 2000. Clausing filed her declaration of candidacy Friday, joining a list of four Democrats who are running for the seat. A primary will be held Sept. 14 to trim that number to one. Other Democratic candidates for the 10th District seat are Gary L.
According to an article in this week's Beldenville shopper, former Pierce County Board member Bill Schroeder has claimed responsibility for placing a help-wanted ad that sparked an investigation by law enforcement. The article - written by Milt Helmer, former owner of The Shopper/Free Press and now identified as a freelance writer - quoted Schroeder as saying he ran the ad to generate interest in elected county offices. The four-by-five-inch ad, which appeared in the June 6 issue of The Shopper, said Pierce County has part-time jobs available with a starting salary of $47,234 and a
A recent experience nearly breaks the hearts of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse staff members. A teenage mother, a married woman, came to the shelter with her baby son. The child, who was almost a year old, didn't crawl, walk, smile or make a sound. "He sat and watched," said Executive Director Sharon Metcalf, tears in her eyes.
The River Falls Town Board is asking for a court ruling saying town zoning laws are valid and enforceable. According to the complaint filed Monday, on April 6, 1965, town voters gave the Town Board zoning authority. The Town Board proceeded to adopt zoning laws and enforce them. Then at an annual town meeting held April 13 of this year, a small group of voters voted to rescind village powers. The Town Board called a special meeting.