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ELLSWORTH: A university professor narrowly out-scored a farmer, who is also a town board member, last week to earn one of two citizen seats on Pierce County's Land Management Committee. It took four ballots on July 27 for Pierce County Board members to elect Eric Sanden, a professor of land management at UW-River Falls, to the committee. The Land Management Committee -- which includes three members elected from the County Board and two citizen members elected by the County Board -- sets land use planning and zoning goals, hears rezoning requests, hears requests for and grants spe
ELLSWORTH: Later this month, the Pierce County Board will vote on a proposal to require developers to pay to have their erosion control plans reviewed by the Land Conservation Department. Once the new law goes into effect, developers will be charged $150 for each acre in a plat. In addition to that fee, developers will be charged $50 per acre for parcels from which allowable densities are transferred. The new rules are expected to be adopted at the Aug. 24 County Board meeting. The money will be used, in part, to hire a new conservation engineering technician.
In a development that surprised many area political observers, Alice Clausing filed nomination papers one day ahead of the deadline to become a candidate for the Wisconsin Senate. Clausing represented the 10th Senate District for eight years before being defeated by Republican Sheila Harsdorf in November 2000. Clausing filed her declaration of candidacy Friday, joining a list of four Democrats who are running for the seat. A primary will be held Sept. 14 to trim that number to one. Other Democratic candidates for the 10th District seat are Gary L.
According to an article in this week's Beldenville shopper, former Pierce County Board member Bill Schroeder has claimed responsibility for placing a help-wanted ad that sparked an investigation by law enforcement. The article - written by Milt Helmer, former owner of The Shopper/Free Press and now identified as a freelance writer - quoted Schroeder as saying he ran the ad to generate interest in elected county offices. The four-by-five-inch ad, which appeared in the June 6 issue of The Shopper, said Pierce County has part-time jobs available with a starting salary of $47,234 and a
A recent experience nearly breaks the hearts of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse staff members. A teenage mother, a married woman, came to the shelter with her baby son. The child, who was almost a year old, didn't crawl, walk, smile or make a sound. "He sat and watched," said Executive Director Sharon Metcalf, tears in her eyes.
The River Falls Town Board is asking for a court ruling saying town zoning laws are valid and enforceable. According to the complaint filed Monday, on April 6, 1965, town voters gave the Town Board zoning authority. The Town Board proceeded to adopt zoning laws and enforce them. Then at an annual town meeting held April 13 of this year, a small group of voters voted to rescind village powers. The Town Board called a special meeting.
With three weeks to go, only four people have declared their candidacy for five elected positions in Pierce County. These were the formal candidates as of Monday afternoon: Incumbent County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm has declared his candidacy. Vicki J. Nelson, who works in the register of deeds office, is a candidate for that position. Ron Foley, who was appointed by the governor after Connie Olson resigned, has not yet declared his candidacy. Deputy Clerk of Court Peg Feuerhelm is running for clerk of court.
A Glenwood City man will serve the next three months in a federal prison. Craig Adams, 52, reports this week to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minn., to begin his sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor trespassing. In a sense the term is not about what he did but about atrocities he believes his country perpetuates and condones. Last November as he repeated a bus trip to Georgia for an annual demonstration against the U.S. Army School of the Americas, which he believes trains Central American soldiers to kill and torture, Adams made a decision.
ELLSWORTH: A proposed policy that would allow townships to tap a county park fund for help with local projects has been sent back to Pierce County's Land Management and Parks committees for further discussion. Members of the Finance/ Personnel Committee said Friday that the county needs a plan for money accumulated in the Park Development Fund. Pierce County now has about $500,000 in the fund it started in about 1980, said Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder. For over 20 years the county has charged a park fee for each residential lot created in rural areas.
ELLSWORTH: On a decision that was one vote short of unanimous, the Pierce County Board decided last week to take $1 million from reserves in various accounts to pay for emergency communications system upgrades. The 2004 budget has $500,000 for the project, which involves updating a 15-year-old system that provides communications for police, fire and ambulances services. Supervisors had looked at using part of the $500,000 to pay off another debt that comes due in November and then borrowing $1,425,000 to cover the cost of the communication improvements. But two weeks ago,