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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.
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.
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.
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: 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
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.
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.