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With three weeks to go, only four people have declared their candidacy for five elected positions in Pierce County. These were the formal candidates as of Monday afternoon: Incumbent County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm has declared his candidacy. Vicki J. Nelson, who works in the register of deeds office, is a candidate for that position. Ron Foley, who was appointed by the governor after Connie Olson resigned, has not yet declared his candidacy. Deputy Clerk of Court Peg Feuerhelm is running for clerk of court.
A Glenwood City man will serve the next three months in a federal prison. Craig Adams, 52, reports this week to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., to begin his sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor trespassing. In a sense the term is not about what he did but about atrocities he believes his country perpetuates and condones. Last November as he repeated a bus trip to Georgia for an annual demonstration against the U.S. Army School of the Americas, which he believes trains Central American soldiers to kill and torture, Adams made a decision.
ELLSWORTH: A proposed policy that would allow townships to tap a county park fund for help with local projects has been sent back to Pierce County's Land Management and Parks committees for further discussion. Members of the Finance/ Personnel Committee said Friday that the county needs a plan for money accumulated in the Park Development Fund. Pierce County now has about $500,000 in the fund it started in about 1980, said Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder. For over 20 years the county has charged a park fee for each residential lot created in rural areas.
Tom Parent, manager of the Whole Earth Grocery Store and a former River Falls alderman, has announced his candidacy for the 30th District Assembly seat now held by Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson. "We need to return to progressive bipartisan government in Wisconsin," said Parent, 49, who although he has considered himself an independent most his life is running as a Democrat. "We used to be this shining example of above-board government in the nation, possibly in the world," said Parent Thursday. It's sad, he said, that now 17 members of the Legislature are under indictment.
ELLSWORTH: On a decision that was one vote short of unanimous, the Pierce County Board decided last week to take $1 million from reserves in various accounts to pay for emergency communications system upgrades. The 2004 budget has $500,000 for the project, which involves updating a 15-year-old system that provides communications for police, fire and ambulances services. Supervisors had looked at using part of the $500,000 to pay off another debt that comes due in November and then borrowing $1,425,000 to cover the cost of the communication improvements. But two weeks ago,
Nearly all Pierce County residents who responded to a recent survey know the county has a fair in Ellsworth every August, but about 25% said they haven't attended the 4-day event even once in the last five years. "There is an incredibly high awareness of the fair," said UW-River Falls Survey Research Center Director David Trechter.
When he came home, he was grumbling. My sweetie had taken a four-day vacation with his brother to visit their parents in Arkansas. The original plan was for me and my husband to drive down for a long weekend, but when Roger said he planned to drive 12 hours straight through, I bowed out. In the end the travelers were my husband, his brother and two nephews. His brother drove. "He drove the whole way. We stopped when he wanted to stop, where he wanted to stop.
A new wood and steel-girder tower will make training much more true-to-life for River Falls firefighters. "We are very tickled, very proud to have this," said Fire Chief Mark Larsen.
Environmentalist and peace activist Alice Pemble, town of Clifton, died Monday at Hudson Hospital.