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St. Croix and Pierce counties are beginning the process to allow private companies to access low-interest loans under federal economic stimulus legislation. "We see this as an opportunity," said Bill Rubin, executive director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation. "Ultimately it's $5 million that can be brought into the county," agreed St.
ELMWOOD--When Joanne Baier retires at the end of the year, her job will also be retired. It's time, said Baier, to end her career as Pierce County's first and only county librarian, and for the job itself to end. Library Clerk Dawn Wood, who has been with the program since 1984, will continue the Books-By-Mail service. "I accomplished all the goals that we set out (to accomplish)," said Baier during an interview at the Pierce County Library Service's office in Elmwood on the eastern edge of the county. Baier graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in library science in 1969, and worked
A resolution ordering that St. Croix County buildings, grounds and vehicles be tobacco-free sailed through official channels this fall, but implementing the policy won't be as easy. The Finance and Personnel Committee voted last Thursday to amend the employee handbook to include the ban. The amendment says employees using tobacco products on county property "will be subject to the disciplinary procedures defined in this handbook." Still, said Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting, supervisors will have to figure out how to work with the ban.
It's not that the St. Croix County Jail doesn't have policies regarding booking and suicide and medical watches, it's that the policies say one thing and another is being done. So says Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman. As an example, he said policy says inmate names on a suicide-watch board are identified with a red magnet if the prisoner is to be constantly observed and with a yellow magnet if he is to be checked every 15 minutes.
Nearly 30 years after she died, a River Falls woman's death certificate may be changed to identify cause of death as "homicide" rather than "accident." At the request of her family, Judge Robert Wing signed an order Nov. 13 adding the word "intentional" to a description of the 410-gauge shotgun discharge that took the life of Lila Margaret Clay, 28. The order to amend has been sent to the state Bureau of Vital Statistics. Lila Clay died Jan. 16, 1980, in her home at 309 N.
HUDSON -- In a few months, clusters of smokers outside St. Croix County buildings and the litter of cigarette filters in county parks should be things of the past. Seventeen years ago the County Board voted to ban smoking inside county government buildings and passenger vehicles. On Oct. 20 the board went farther by banning the use of tobacco products on the grounds of county government buildings, at the fairgrounds, in county parks and in all county-owned vehicles and equipment regardless of location. The tobacco-free policy will be effective Jan. 1, 2010. The ban makes exceptions for St.
The world lost a vibrant, compassionate person July 14 when Shereen Terkelsen Beaulieu's estranged husband shot her to death, say her family and friends. They and her sister's coworkers at First National Bank of River Falls will march in her memory this Saturday morning during the annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Walk organized by Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. Shereen's younger and only sister, Jane Terkelsen, keeps this note from a sympathy card as a constant reminder: "She had so much living yet to do.
Saying he intends to stay in Congress and focus on getting health care reform done right, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced Thursday that he won't be a candidate for governor of Wisconsin. "My first responsibility must be to get affordable and accessible health care reform passed this year for all Wisconsin families," said Kind. "That is why I cannot run for governor." Gov. Jim Doyle announced in August that he won't seek a third term.
A judge determined the St. Croix County Board of Adjustment acted properly in approving a special exception permit to allow Heartland Montessori to open a preschool in the town of Troy. Decisions regarding the use of the single-family house at 436 Red Brick Road now lie with Heartland's board of directors, said Cheryl Johnson, Heartland's head of school, Tuesday. Heartland, which bought the house last year, has rented it out in an attempt to recoup some of the expenses, said Johnson.
In a decision released Sept. 1, an appeals court threw out a $1.4 million judgment against a security firm whose officer altered employee badge photos and posted them, sometimes with lewd commentary and the women's names, on pornographic websites. The ruling overturns a June 6, 2008 decision in which St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell ordered Troy C.