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ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board voted this week to remove a moving expense allotment from Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart's contract, to pay him $250 a month for in-county travel and other expenses and to clarify that he is supervised by the Finance and Personnel Committee. The $1,000 moving expense allowance was removed because Kephart, who lives in Rochester, doesn't intend to move to Pierce County.
Child Support Department workers skilled in collections will work part time in the St. Croix County Clerk of Courts office for six months to help collect delinquent fines. The intent of this pilot project is to determine if the amount collected can justify hiring a new collection clerk, said Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. Two Child Support employees will spend a total of 10 hours a week for six months on fine collections. Child Support Administrator Katy Kapaun said she recently hired a collections specialist with 10 years' experience, and her office is now getting more work done.
Storage -- at least of old paper documents -- has turned out to be less of a problem than expected for St.
St. Croix County has begun the process of seeking proposals from businesses interested in buying or renting the county-owned nursing home or in partnering to develop a new nursing home or campus. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson reported Tuesday that the HHS Committee has finalized and released a request for proposals, implementing a plan approved by the County Board in late October. The St. Croix Health Center is a 72-bed skilled nursing home in New Richmond.
St. Croix County planners are asking for a six-month moratorium on permanent outdoor signs to give the county time to review and rewrite its 30-year-old standards. Existing rules aren't adequate to deal with many requests for signs along new four-lane sections of highways 64 and 35, said Planner Ellen Denzer. She said current law nearly prohibits billboards. "Our sign section is as old as the (zoning) ordinance," said Denzer. "A lot of things have happened in St.
A local woman convicted of second degree reckless homicide in the death of her infant daughter may now have more children without fear of legal repercussions. Last Wednesday Judge James Duvall, Buffalo County, lifted a restriction on having babies for Andrea L. Goetz, 31, whose three-month-old daughter Diana died of apparent dehydration in a motel in River Falls on May 31, 2000. But, said Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, the court-imposed restriction meant nothing.
Regional planners are proposing combining small revolving loan funds into a pool of about $14 million to help west central Wisconsin businesses expand and to assist new businesses that move here. "There are lots of these little pools of funds, and some of them don't get used," said Ann Raid, a senior planner for West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
In the words of the president of Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, about 40 acres with recreational, environmental and historic value will be "preserved forever" as the land was added last week to a state park west of River Falls. The property along the Kinnickinnic River includes remnants of a dam built around 1910 to serve the Clifton Hollow settlement.
Nancy Ortwerth had hardly gotten over the high of being elected Pierce County sheriff when she and her fiancé flew off to Jamaica and got married. On Nov. 7 county voters chose the 40-year-old DARE officer over incumbent Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen by a vote of 7,832 to 6,108. On Nov. 25 she and Jason Hove were married. "It's still hard to believe," she said of her election. "I'm doing wonderful -- I think," said Hove Friday, reacting to her whirlwind month. Defeating an incumbent isn't easy. But Hove, who measures just 5 ft.
A St. Croix County deputy is recovering after being seriously injured when he was struck by another vehicle while assisting at an accident scene on I-94. The incident occurred at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday, Nov.