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ELLSWORTH: As he chaired one of the last meetings of his term Friday, Pierce County Board Chairman Ron Anderson complained that two Highway Department superintendents are routinely taking county vehicles home. "Even the Highway Department, I think, doesn't have the authority to add fringe benefits," said Anderson, as he chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.
As the Wisconsin Legislature heads into the last week of the two-year session, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf said she will focus on bills that promote the use of ethanol in automobile fuel. "We're not going away," said Harsdorf, R-River Falls, last week.
Rex is not my cat. Let me make that clear: Rex IS NOT my cat. My cats have had names like Kitty and Lily or my current little cat, Cookie. My cats sauntered out to rub my leg when I came home and slept at the foot of my bed. When I come home now, Rex comes barreling out, skids across the tile and races down the stairs to stand waiting at his bowl, which by the way, is never empty.
A woman who was injured in an accident that took the life of another young woman has filed a lawsuit against the man convicted of causing the crash. Heather M. Everson, 165 Susan St., Ellsworth, is seeking actual and punitive damages in a civil lawsuit filed March 23 against Ryan C. Foley, Stanley Correctional Center, and his insurance company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Everson was injured in an April 18, 2003, automobile accident east of River Falls on Hwy. 29.
ELLSWORTH: After months of discussion and one outright defeat, the Pierce County Board voted last week to rezone five acres to allow J&S Machine to move from Ellsworth to a site about 1.5 miles outside the village. While the land isn't suitable for farming, the intersection at Hwy.
The Wisconsin Elections Board deferred action last week on two related complaints regarding use of UW-River Falls computer services by local political workers. In a memo to the board, attorney George Dunst said consideration of the complaints - one filed by the state Republican Party and the other by the Pierce County Democratic Party - will be deferred until the Elections Board's May 17 meeting. Dunst said consideration was postponed because the agenda for the March 22 meeting was so long. These are the two issues: In a complaint filed Jan.
ELLSWORTH: A year after a data processing worker was escorted from the courthouse by a plainclothes officer, an arbitrator found Pierce County officials acted improperly in transferring the woman to a lesser-paying job. After an audit disclosed that Janet Holtz had changed address and deduction data in her own payroll records, county officials offered her a choice: A job that paid $4 an hour less or no job. Holtz called that termination. She filed a grievance. County officials argued that changing payroll deduction data is a serious offense.
ELLSWORTH: After a former supervisor raised concerns about wording in one section last week, the Pierce County Board delayed a vote on a revised St. Croix Riverway Zoning law. Carl Braunreiter, Prescott, said the wording could prevent landowners from repairing existing houses or cabins and leave the county vulnerable to huge lawsuits. "This has been a sleeper.
Members of St. Croix County's Administration Committee voted unanimously last week to develop a proposal to cut the size of the County Board. The committee will bring the concept to the full board before working out details, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick. He said committee members don't want to invest a lot of energy in the proposal if the board doesn't want it. The St. Croix County Board has 31 members.
A complaint filed Monday afternoon with the Wisconsin Elections Board claims the Pierce County Democratic Party illegally used - and UW-River Falls allowed the Democrats to illegally use - the university computer to host an e-mail list-serve. The complaint alleges the Democrats solicited, received and continue to use e-mail and list-serve computer services belonging to the university and the state.