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Borrowing and budget were the focuses as St. Croix County Board members met Tuesday morning. The board accepted the best of six bids to borrow $3.18 million for building repairs and upgrades. The county will pay a true interest rate of 4.0244 percent on the money borrowed from Robert W. Baird & Company, Milwaukee. The debt, to replace the roof and heating and air conditioning system at the Government Center and replace emergency communications base station radios, will be repaid over seven years.
The mother and brother of a man who died after being escorted out of a River Falls bar by bouncers have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the business. Joseph R. Roscoe, 43, River Falls, died Feb. 27, 2007 -- 10 days after being found unconscious in the alley behind The Library, 106 N. Main St. The civil suit was filed in Pierce County last week by Janice Roscoe, Two Harbors, Minn., and Mark Woodard, Omaha, Neb., against bartender/manager Edward Roughton, 105 Elm St., River Falls, and The Library bar. According to the complaint, on Feb.
The principles he learned rising from bag boy to business owner and now as an employer of 200 people will carry over well to the Wisconsin Assembly, says Dave Hegenbarth. "As consumers we shop at and support businesses that return quality, value, services and satisfaction for our investment.
From support for schools to promoting alternative energy sources, Chris Danou plans to be an advocate for the small-town and rural residents of the 91st Assembly District. Danou, a patrol officer in Onalaska, is using vacation time in the last weeks before the election to devote himself to campaigning in this large, primarily rural district. Too often government assumes those who aren't wealthy or powerful aren't worthy of representation, said Danou, 41, who sees his job as a policeman as similar to the role he will take in the Assembly: Protecting the weak from those who would do them harm.
When they go to the polls Nov. 4, St.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County's Highway Committee voted last week to recommend that the county add its own vehicle registration fee to the fee already collected annually by the state. The next step is to have a law drafted and presented to the Finance and Personnel Committee for its consideration. The proposal, adopted on a 3-2 vote of committee members, is intended to raise money for highway maintenance and repair.
Department budget requests must be cut. County sales tax income is falling short of projections. Property tax money spent on the county nursing home is money that can't be used for other needs. Those are three of the messages St. Croix County Finance Committee members will bring to the full County Board when they offer a budget proposal Tuesday, Oct. 21. Although they're not there yet, Finance Committee members spent about six hours last Thursday hammering out a 2009 budget. A week earlier, the committee started its Oct.
More and more "ATV Route" signs are popping up around St. Croix and Pierce counties as town boards adopt ordinances to allow the off-road vehicles on town roads. But some rural residents argue that letting all-terrain vehicles mix with cars and trucks is dangerous and annoying and that the rules are nearly impossible to enforce. At least one town has said no to the change. The Pierce County towns of Ellsworth, Gilman, Martell, Trimbelle and Spring Lake have adopted ordinances to allow ATVs on some of their roads. In St.
ELLSWORTH -- By divvying up an extra $301,000 in tax money and a $100,000 carryover, the Pierce County Finance Committee reached a budget that gives departments some of what they want for next year. The budget approved by the committee Monday night will be presented to the full County Board at its budget hearing Tuesday, Oct.
When she was 15, Laura Ritt was thrown from a vehicle in an accident involving a drunk driver. A few days after her 19th birthday, her neck was injured when the car she was driving was hit from behind by a drunk driver. But the incident that bothered Ritt most was coming upon a fatal accident involving a drunk driver who was her age. "That really affected me," said the 23-year-old New Richmond woman. Before then, drunk driving was something she thought someone should do something about.