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A growing population and more emergency calls are overburdening a Pierce County dispatch center staffed with too few workers juggling the work of dispatcher and jailer, say local emergency personnel. "It's starting to affect public safety," said Jeff Rixmann, director of River Falls ambulance services. He said Pierce County should add emergency dispatchers even if that means cutting other services' areas. Sheriff's Department administrators agree that more dispatchers are needed.
Finance Committee members who agreed last month that a geothermal heating and cooling system is too expensive for the St. Croix County Government Center are considering solar panels as an auxiliary power source. Last week the committee approved a contract to have Roof Spec Inc., St. Paul, begin engineering work for a replacement roof for the Government Center. Roof Spec senior consultant Terry Thone will work with Karges-Faulconbridge Inc.
ELLSWORTH -- A 10-year-old land development dispute near Prescott ended with a phone call last Thursday. Rather than take their chances with a jury, Pierce County Board members voted at 9:30 the previous night to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Trumpeter Development LLC of Hudson.
An appeals court ruled that a man who wore spandex pants as he accosted several Hudson area women and forced himself on a River Falls motel desk clerk deserves to spend life in prison. In November 2006, a St. Croix County jury found Michael S. Long, now 39, guilty of false imprisonment and second-degree sexual assault, use of force. Judge Edward Vlack used the persistent repeater enhancer to sentence Long, formerly of Brooklyn Park, Minn., to life in prison. Internet court records show he is currently an inmate at a prison in St.
ELLSWORTH -- Although revisions on a job description are pending, Pierce County Board members voted 10-5 July 22 to accept a recommendation to hire a fulltime administrative coordinator. A list of 10 recommended qualifications will be forwarded to a consultant, who will develop a position description. After Curt Kephart resigned as administrative coordinator in May, some County Board members questioned the position's role. The sub-committee that looked at the issue agreed a coordinator is needed, reported Supervisor Ron Lockwood, River Falls.
Most college graduates celebrate earning their degree by updating their resumes. Bob Hughes took on another task: Collecting the hundreds of signatures needed to get his name on the ballot for Wisconsin Assembly. Hughes, 123 1/2 S. Main St., Apt. 204, River Falls, has filed as a Republican candidate to challenge Republican Kitty Rhoades for the 30th District Assembly seat she's held for 10 years. The primary election will be held Sept. 9. "I don't want to be a politician.
HUDSON -- A proposal for a geothermal heating and cooling system for St. Croix County Government Center was abandoned by the Finance Committee. Instead the committee voted last week to go with a high-efficiency, water-cooled chiller and condensing-style boiler. The installed cost is estimated at $1,672,500.
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On the same day another man was sentenced for robbing the same store, a River Falls man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing Freeman Drug, 104 S. Main St., earlier this week. Thomas G. Weidell, 36, 520 W. Elm St., was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in River Falls and taken to Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth. Weidell is suspected of breaking in to the Main Street drugstore and stealing a small amount of prescription painkiller. Police Chief Roger Leque said officers were dispatched at 11:28 p.m.
The question before the St. Croix County Board last week wasn't whether the county should stay in the nursing home business but if the board should honor a decision to let the public vote first. After lengthy discussion, supervisors voted to indefinitely postpone action on a resolution to build a new facility. Meanwhile, members of a committee charged with developing wording for a referendum said they expect to have a proposal for the August board meeting. On March 18 County Board members voted 22-4 to hold a Nov.