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After reviewing policy language and a timeline, a judge found that a Pierce County house destroyed by fire after being hit by a pickup was not insured. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham ruled that Randall and Sue Hendrickson's house insurance had legitimately been cancelled nearly two months before the home was hit by a GMC Sierra driven by Lisa Villigan, 39. The accident occurred Feb. 17, 2007. The vehicle Villigan was driving struck the Hendricksons' house and hit a gas meter, triggering a natural gas explosion. Villigan died in the incident.
Federal economic stimulus money may help pay for some of the repair work planned for the St. Croix County Government Center. "It's an outside chance at best," admitted Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting last week.
St. Croix County officials are ready to take bids on three Government Center repair projects and expect work will begin in mid-April. The projects include replacing the building's heating and cooling system, replacing large sections of roof and repairing exterior walls. Although actual costs won't be known until bids are taken, the estimated price on the projects is over $3 million. Most of that money was raised by bonds sold last October.
A former pediatric trauma nurse, a state deputy superintendent, a Principal of the Year and two professors are the candidates in next week's primary election for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction. The statewide vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 17, will trim the number of candidates from five to two. Those two will proceed to the April 7 general election during which one will be elected to a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. These are the candidates: * Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago.
A former pediatric trauma nurse, a state deputy superintendent, a Principal of the Year and two professors are the candidates in next week's primary election for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction. The statewide vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 17, will trim the number of candidates from five to two. Those two will proceed to the April 7 general election during which one will be elected to a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. These are the candidates: Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago.
HUDSON -- Despite some trepidation that the group might erode the power of other committees, St. Croix County supervisors have voted to create a long-term building planning committee. The resolution carried on a vote of 18-12 during the board's January meeting. According to the resolution, building issues often require communication and coordination among committees. In the past year, the county has been confronted with several building space and maintenance issues.
In a decision filed Jan. 27, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed a Pierce County jury's decision finding Michael Anthony Knudson guilty of stealing a pickup from an Ellsworth dealership. In August 2007, the jury convicted Knudson, 25, of stealing a vehicle Sept. 10, 2005. He was found not guilty on a separate charge of burglary. In September 2007, Judge Robert Wing sentenced Knudson to three years in prison, to run concurrent with a Minnesota sentence, and to a subsequent three years on extended supervision.
Board of Review members' remarks about the current value of property led a Pierce County judge to agree that the town assessment on a woman's house may be too high. In a decision filed Jan. 28, Judge Robert Wing reversed a property assessment decision made by the Town of Clifton Board of Review and sent the matter back to the board to consider further evidence regarding the fair market value of a house. Rita Zawislak-Brandt, W13105 635th Ave., Prescott, filed this case challenging the 2008 assessment of her house.
Historically Wisconsin has gone after drunk drivers. It should put more emphasis on prosecuting first offenses, says the executive director of MADD Wisconsin. "Obviously what we've been doing in the past isn't working," said Kari Kinnard in a phone interview.
Sentencing repeat drunk drivers is a challenge, say local judges, partly because they can't be sure which penalty will work and partly because they'd like to use some alternatives sooner. "For the most part, you're making a lot of these decisions, and there's no way of knowing if you're making the right one," said Robert Wing, who has been Pierce County judge for 24 years. Wing knows the anguish of sentencing a drunk driver responsible for taking a life. With the family of the victim on one side of the courtroom and family and friends of the offender on the other, the atmosphere is emotiona