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Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse has joined VotePower, a statewide effort to elevate the issue of violence against women and help victims vote this fall. The organization is seeking to register women who come or bring their children to Turningpoint support groups and is offering rides and babysitting on Election Day, said Marge Baldwin, president of the Turningpoint Board of Directors. A shelter staff member is also authorized to help clients fill out voter registration forms, she said. "We want to register as many of our clients as we can, who general
ELLSWORTH - Professionals at a preventive dental clinic begin seeing young patients this week. Dentist Barb Tashjian and hygienist Jennie Borst have a full schedule of appointments for their first day in the exam room in Pierce County's Public Health Department. The clinic will focus on children whose families are receiving services through the county's Public Health or Human Services departments.
ELLSWORTH: Neighbors' complaints about an animal refuge have prompted the Pierce County Board to consider amending its zoning law to change the definition of "kennel." The proposed amendment was introduced Sept. 21 and is set for adoption at the Oct.
One day Bill Junkman got in his car to go home and a realization came to him: "Now I know why I was put here." The River Falls man was hired at 3M in St. Paul in 1969.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board adopted a policy change last week that will allow townships to dip into a county park fund for help with local projects. Pierce County now has about $500,000 in the Park Development Fund it started in about 1980. For over 20 years the county has charged a park fee for residential lots created in rural areas. The fee has ranged from $100 per lot to the current fee of $600 per lot created by a certified survey map or 10% of the raw land value for parcels created by plat.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board adopted a revised floodplain ordinance last week, putting the last touches on a law supervisors thought they had finalized in April. The revisions adopted four months ago were based on a model ordinance released by the state Department of Natural Resources. The proposed county law added text saying flood-proofing measures would be exempt from a standard that limits the cost of improvements on structures in a floodplain to half the value of the building. The county's version of the ordinance was sent to the DNR Feb. 12.
HUDSON: St. Croix County Board members voted during their August meeting to reject a set of land use ordinance amendments the Planning and Zoning Committee and staff have been working on for over a year. The amendments were defeated by a show-of-hands vote.
If you want world peace, it seems practical to start in your own little corner of the world. That's the theory behind a local initiative called Crossroads to Peace. "It's not a difficult idea, but I think there are times that we need to be reminded that you need to be intentional about creating peace," said Crossroads Chairwoman Judy Freund, Hudson. About a year ago a group of area people, stimulated by Rotary International's centennial year and its emphasis on world peace, met to discuss local action. The group developed a goal of building community focus towards p
The idea seemed ideal: Recycle waste lumber as an erosion control material on construction sites. But the Prescott-based company that helped pioneer the plan found even a good idea needs testing and fine-tuning.
After periods of high unemployment, of not enough new jobs and of losses in manufacturing jobs, the state's economy is on the upswing, said the secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development Monday. Roberta Gassman was among members of Gov. Jim Doyle's cabinet who accompanied him on a tour of western Wisconsin early this week. "The Wisconsin economy right now is really on the upswing," said Gassman.