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The house in River Falls where Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three daughters will be auctioned off in a sheriff’s foreclosure sale on Aug. 13. Schaffhausen defaulted on a mortgage he...
According to state records, filing documents weren't received from John O'Boyle, and evidently his name won't appear on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship in April. The two certified candidates for the position are River Falls lawyer Joe Boles and Ellsworth lawyer Robert Loberg. O'Boyle, currently Pierce County's district attorney, said Wednesday morning that he overnight mailed his registration forms and completed nomination papers to the Government Accountability Office in Madison Monday. The deadline for filing was 5 p.m.
HUDSON -- A former inmate in the St. Croix County jail has filed a lawsuit against the county and its sheriff, alleging she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a jailer, who later killed himself. Jackie L. Peterson, 32, currently an inmate in the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, Union Grove, claims that on Nov.
There are already candidates for 18 of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board, and races are shaping up in five districts. The only district that has no declared candidate as yet is District 8, which includes the village of Hammond, part of the town of Eau Galle and the towns of Hammond, Pleasant Valley and Rush River. In April 2010 for the first time, county voters will select 19 rather than 31 county supervisors.
With less than a week to go, races are shaping up for two seats on the Pierce County Board. But as of noon Wednesday there were no declared candidates for six seats, four in the River Falls area. The deadline for filing the required forms is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. The general election will be April 6. There are 17 seats on the board. In District 8, Thomas Sitz, N8739 County Road W, River Falls, is challenging incumbent John Kucinski.
The St. Croix County Board voted Tuesday to borrow $3.36 million, using federal "recovery zone" bonds that will result in a true interest rate of about 2.23 percent. About half the money will be used for building repairs, safety improvements, equipment, computer software and parking lot repairs.
St. Croix and Pierce counties are beginning the process to allow private companies to access low-interest loans under federal economic stimulus legislation. "We see this as an opportunity," said Bill Rubin, executive director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation. "Ultimately it's $5 million that can be brought into the county," agreed St.
ELMWOOD--When Joanne Baier retires at the end of the year, her job will also be retired. It's time, said Baier, to end her career as Pierce County's first and only county librarian, and for the job itself to end. Library Clerk Dawn Wood, who has been with the program since 1984, will continue the Books-By-Mail service. "I accomplished all the goals that we set out (to accomplish)," said Baier during an interview at the Pierce County Library Service's office in Elmwood on the eastern edge of the county. Baier graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in library science in 1969, and worked
A resolution ordering that St. Croix County buildings, grounds and vehicles be tobacco-free sailed through official channels this fall, but implementing the policy won't be as easy. The Finance and Personnel Committee voted last Thursday to amend the employee handbook to include the ban. The amendment says employees using tobacco products on county property "will be subject to the disciplinary procedures defined in this handbook." Still, said Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting, supervisors will have to figure out how to work with the ban.
It's not that the St. Croix County Jail doesn't have policies regarding booking and suicide and medical watches, it's that the policies say one thing and another is being done. So says Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman. As an example, he said policy says inmate names on a suicide-watch board are identified with a red magnet if the prisoner is to be constantly observed and with a yellow magnet if he is to be checked every 15 minutes.