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A two-week trip to Kenya this summer taught a couple of area nurses how little it takes to make a difference and how much it would take to make significant changes. They also returned with a Kenyan woman's admonition weighing on their hearts: "You can't be tired until the work is done." Nancy Rowe, a registered nurse from Baldwin, and Elaine Sorensen, a licensed practical nurse from Beldenville, spent June 14-30 assisting mission projects run by Dr.
TOWN OF MARTELL: Beck Dowd believes every horse deserves a second chance and beyond that a pleasant retirement. Her dream came true in a matter of months late last year with the opening of Rolling Rock Rescue and Retirement, a newly incorporated non-profit rescue farm. The farm takes in horses that have been abused, injured or neglected or whose owners just can't keep them any longer. "I always wanted to do this," said Dowd, who moved to her Pierce County farm three years ago.
HUDSON: The St. Croix County Board is expected to vote June 21 on revisions to the county's St. Croix Riverway Ordinance. The revisions incorporate changes made to regulations at the state level. The law applies to property along the St. Croix River. In St. Croix County that includes land in the towns of Troy, Hudson, St. Joseph and Somerset. Under NR 118, the Department of Natural Resources divided the riverway into five management zones. St. Croix County land in the Lower St.
TOWN OF TROY: Renee and Douglas Sigwarth start their day like many other parents by getting their children off to school and daycare before they both head off to work. But the couple's commute is just few feet out their front door and into their studio - and they go together. On Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, the Sigwarth glass studio and four other studios will be featured stops on the Art Opener, a fine art tour through the St.
ELLSWORTH: A last ditch attempt to sidetrack action that would give most Pierce County department heads and managers a set of three raises this year was stopped by a 5-1 vote of the Finance and Personnel Committee Friday. After the meeting, River Falls Supervisor Paul Barkla, who introduced the proposal, said he has made his point and won't pursue the matter. In related business Friday, the committee voted to recommend that the County Board hire Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minn., to review and update the pay matrix for the non-union employee group. I
Supporters call it the "Smoke Free Dining Act." Opponents say it's a thinly veiled effort to undermine local smoke-free standards and block future progress on the issue. The new bill - authored by Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and his brother Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon - would expand the general prohibition against smoking in restaurants to smaller establishments and to bowling centers.
ELLSWORTH: During its March 22 meeting, the Pierce County Board adopted a revised job description for the county administrative coordinator, but supervisors will wait until they change county law this month to begin the search for a new coordinator. The new job description is half a page shorter and replaces words such as "determines" and "supervises" with words such as "develops" and "participates." County Board Chairman Ron Anderson has been filling in as coordinator since Mark Schroeder resigned last November. While the old description said applicants must have a master's degr
St. Croix and Pierce county residents led the state in their support for organ and tissue donation in 2004. Last week representatives of the Wisconsin Coalition on Donation and the state Department of Health and Family Services visited the Hudson DMV Service Center to say thank you to local residents and to the DMV staff who routinely ask drivers if they wish to be recorded as potential donors. The staff was presented with the 2004 "Gift of Life" Achievement Award and treated to lunch. According to 2004 counts, St. Croix ranks No.
Western Wisconsin legislators say they have two tasks as they work on anti-methamphetamine laws: to educate and to legislate. Last week eight area lawmakers held a press conference in Madison to introduce the Crackdown on Meth Act. Local law enforcement officials from throughout the region also made the trip to the Capitol to participate in an informational hearing. "The reason we did that was to bring visibility to the issue," said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls.
Soldiers' families want to send packages from home to each of the 65 men in Delta Company and are inviting area people to help. Delta Company members of the 1-128th National Guard Infantry, based at the Armory in River Falls, were mobilized last year and are serving in Iraq. Mary Swift, Hudson, who has two sons in the unit, said the Delta Company Family Support Group plans to send shoe-box-size packages to each of the 65 soldiers.