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The response to the foreclosure lawsuit was handwritten on sheet of lined paper ripped from a spiral notebook. "I don't know what I'm suppose to say except I went through a divorce and my ex-wife went off and left me with the house. I could not afford this on my paychecks. She would not help me pay on the house. I do have the house up for sale. I hope it sells this time." The man and his wife borrowed $97,642 in December 2003 and presently owe $101,405 on this mortgage. He lives at their house in Glenwood City. She now has an out of state address.
ELLSWORTH: Following an ordinance change that allows the County Board vice chairperson to chair the Finance and Personnel Committee, the Pierce County Board's executive committee elected its first chairwoman. Kirstin Schilling, Spring Valley, was elected first vice chairperson of the County Board April 18 and Finance and Personnel Committee chairwoman when that committee met two days later. Schilling has served on the County Board since April 2002. "It allows more flexibility," said Supervisor Rich Purdy, River Falls, who made the motion to change the rules.
HUDSON: Buck Malick, Hudson, was re-elected chairman of the St. Croix County Board when members met last week to reorganize. This is his third two-year term as chairman. Malick, 63, is a wills, real estate and business lawyer. He has been on the County Board for 10 years. As he campaigned for re-election to the board, Malick said his goals include selling excess county land and balancing the nursing home budget. "The county should provide the minimal services citizens need as efficiently as possible, with planning for population growth," said Malick.
ELLSWORTH: Land Management Department Administrator Andy Pichotta will serve as interim director of Pierce County's Land Conservation Department as supervisors try to sort things out in the wake of David Sander's resignation. The Finance and Personnel Committee changed course April 12 following a closed meeting with members of the Land Conservation Committee.
ELLSWORTH: Paul Barkla, who has served on the Pierce County Board since April 2004, was elected its chairman when the board met to reorganize Tuesday morning. Barkla, 73, River Falls, has worked for several labor unions as a researcher, wrote training manuals, and has been an educator and business agent. He has also been active with various health, environmental and political organizations worked as a legislative assistant for two U.S.
ELLSWORTH: As he chaired one of the last meetings of his term Friday, Pierce County Board Chairman Ron Anderson complained that two Highway Department superintendents are routinely taking county vehicles home. "Even the Highway Department, I think, doesn't have the authority to add fringe benefits," said Anderson, as he chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.
As the Wisconsin Legislature heads into the last week of the two-year session, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf said she will focus on bills that promote the use of ethanol in automobile fuel. "We're not going away," said Harsdorf, R-River Falls, last week.
ELLSWORTH: After months of discussion and one outright defeat, the Pierce County Board voted last week to rezone five acres to allow J&S Machine to move from Ellsworth to a site about 1.5 miles outside the village. While the land isn't suitable for farming, the intersection at Hwy.
Rex is not my cat. Let me make that clear: Rex IS NOT my cat. My cats have had names like Kitty and Lily or my current little cat, Cookie. My cats sauntered out to rub my leg when I came home and slept at the foot of my bed. When I come home now, Rex comes barreling out, skids across the tile and races down the stairs to stand waiting at his bowl, which by the way, is never empty.
A woman who was injured in an accident that took the life of another young woman has filed a lawsuit against the man convicted of causing the crash. Heather M. Everson, 165 Susan St., Ellsworth, is seeking actual and punitive damages in a civil lawsuit filed March 23 against Ryan C. Foley, Stanley Correctional Center, and his insurance company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Everson was injured in an April 18, 2003, automobile accident east of River Falls on Hwy. 29.