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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.
Five former St. Croix County Board members are backing a referendum to cut the board from 31 to 19 members, a reduction that failed to get board support two years ago. Tom Caflisch, River Falls, said the former supervisors and the volunteers they've enlisted have filed petitions with 2,027 signatures, enough to force a referendum in November. He said he expects the group will turn in more signatures by the Tuesday, Sept.
The Martell Town Board is asking its residents for more money to improve and repair the town's roads. A referendum question on next Tuesday's town ballot asks voters for permission to increase Martell's 2009 spending on roads by $65,000. That would mean a tax increase of $166 per $100,000 of property value. State law limits town road spending to $5,000 per mile per year.
Last week, Pierce County Board members heard a closed-session report on raises for another labor group. The Community Health Association contract package--which includes pay raises and higher employee contributions for health insurance premiums--is set for approval by the board at its Tuesday, Sept. 23, meeting. Similar contracts for Human Services Department support staff, the courthouse union and Highway Department union were approved by the board earlier this summer. The new contract will give Health Association members two-percent raises retroactive to Jan.
Five candidates will square off in the Democratic Party primary and two in the Republican Party primary in the 91st Assembly District Sept. 9. The winners will compete in the November General Election when a representative will be elected to replace Barbara Gronemus, who has been 91st District assemblywoman for nearly three decades.
A Minnesota woman died following a motorcycle accident in Pierce County Sunday. Nancy A. Winter, 29, Lino Lakes, Minn., was fatally injured when her cycle left the road on a curve on Hwy. 35 and hit a guardrail on the west side of the road, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Winter was thrown from the motorcycle. The accident, which occurred near 1220th Street in the town of Oak Grove, was reported at 2:56 p.m. Aug. 24. Winter was southbound. Assisting at the scene were the Ellsworth paramedic unit, Prescott Fire and Ambulance and county deputies.