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Fifty-three candidates met the May 5 deadline to apply for the position of St. Croix County treasurer. The County Board voted last month to take applications and appoint a treasurer to fill out the term of Cheryl Slind, who is leaving May 29 to take a job with a private software company. Slind, who has been treasurer for six years, began a new term Jan. 1. The person appointed to replace her will hold the job until Dec. 31, 2012, but would have to be elected by citizens to serve longer than that. A review panel will meet at 10 a.m.
A Pierce County jury has awarded over $350,000 to a River Falls High School teacher who tripped over a jump rope rack after a motion sensor shut off hallway lights. In a verdict signed April 29, jurors determined $363,963 will fairly compensate physical education teacher Ryan D. Bishop and his wife for injuries he suffered in the high school Oct.
St. Croix County, its insurer and a company that provided medical services to inmates have agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a 28-year-old man who died in jail. An out-of-court settlement was reached with the family of Brandon Lee Hessler, New Richmond, who died March 18, 2007, three days after being booked into the county jail in Hudson. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb approved the agreement last Thursday. The settlement calls for St. Croix County and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company to pay $812,500 and for Health Professionals Ltd.
A Pierce County Board member has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly disrupting a UW-River Falls student meeting and using obscenities. Witnesses said Benjamin Plunkett, 35, interrupted a Student Senate ethics committee meeting. They said, among other things, that he repeatedly directed sexual obscenities at two male student senators. Plunkett, 709 Bartosh Lane, River Falls, is scheduled for an initial appearance May 18 in Pierce County Court on a single count of disorderly conduct on University of Wisconsin lands.
HUDSON -- Despite objections that one district is too large and "illogically shaped" and over one supervisor's adamant objections, the St. Croix County Board adopted a new redistricting plan Tuesday. The plan implements a citizen vote to cut the number of County Board members from 31 to 19.
HUDSON -- Contracts are being finalized and work on the roof, exterior walls and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the St. Croix County Government Center will begin soon. Building Services Director Art Tobin said that he expects the projects will start within a week. Pearson Mechanical, Hugo, Minn., with a bid of $1,269,000 will do the HVAC work. MacPherson Towne Company, Minneapolis, will be paid $180,490 to repair exterior walls.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind will hold a listening session Tuesday, April 14, in River Falls to meet with area residents, listen to them and hear their feedback. The session will be held from 10:30 a.m.
In a sense Ron Lockwood, along with his counterparts in other counties, worked himself out of a job. Lockwood's career stretched across a timeline of change in the way Wisconsin and its counties provide services to people with disabilities and their families. Now as part of a statewide effort, St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn counties are transferring the responsibility for long-term support to private agencies. The state promises the new system will eventually eliminate waiting lists for services for adults with chronic illnesses or disabling conditions.
Cheryl Slind, who has been St.