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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.
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.
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.
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.
A book inspired it, but local authorities on different faiths will lead area high schoolers through introductions to nine spiritual traditions. All high school students are invited to participate in any or all of the presentations that will run through the school year. The classes will be held at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
HUDSON -- The full St. Croix County Board buckled down to budget work Tuesday as supervisors heard nearly five hours of proposals from 29 county departments. The bottom line is that with less than two months to go, the board must cut $2.5 million from budget requests to stay within its state-mandated cap on the property tax levy. "What the board needs to decide is what it is willing to fund and what it is not willing to fund," urged Finance Committee Chairman Daryl Standafer.
A former staff member says Pierce County Reproductive Health Services' new River Falls location is dangerous for clients. While agreeing the new office at 174 S.
Ed and Betty Hanson descend from their carriage after a birthday ride to church Sunday. Their daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Scott Teigen of rural Glenwood City, picked the Hansons up at their home east of River Falls, delivered them to the entrance of the United Methodist Church, and after the service gave them a ride around town and then home. The Hansons both have September birthdays. He'll turn 86 and she is 85.
In the primary election Tuesday, a Republican legislator won handily over her same-party challenger, Martell town residents voted against more money for roads, and Beth Pabst won the primary for St. Croix County register of deeds. Rep. Kitty Rhoades easily fended off a challenger in the Assembly District 30 Republican primary. She won with 87% of the vote.