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In a sense, Ron Lockwood, along with his counterparts in other counties, worked himself out of a job. Lockwood's career stretched across a timeline of change in the way Wisconsin and its counties provide services to people with disabilities and their families. Now as part of a statewide effort, St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn counties are transferring the responsibility for long-term support to private agencies. The state promises the new system will eventually eliminate waiting lists for services for adults with chronic illnesses or disabling conditions.
Wisconsin voters will go to the polls April 7 to select a new superintendent of public instruction and a Supreme Court justice. Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago, and Tony Evers, Madison, are candidates for a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who's headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, Oconomowoc, is challenging 32-year incumbent Shirley Abrahamson, Madison, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The DPI provides direction and technical assistance for public elementary and secondary education.
St. Croix County residents who are either uninsured or who have high out-of-pocket payments can soon get a discount card for prescription drugs. People who use the cards, which will be free to all county residents, can save an average of 22% of the retail cost of prescription drugs, claims the National Association of Counties. NaCo has contracted with Caremark PCS Health, a pharmacy benefit management service, to offer the cards to member counties. "I know of no other program like this," said St.
What: Joint Finance Committee public hearing on the state's 2009-2011 budget bill When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 27 Where: Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire Campus, 121 Water St., Eau Claire Wisconsin's budget crisis is so intertwined with the country's economic crisis that when the nation's problem is fixed the state's will be too, said Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson Friday. "The No. 1 issue is jobs," said Nelson, D-Kaukauna.
A St. Croix County man has apparently learned it's a good idea to wear underwear if you're risking arrest. He also has a better understanding of what "strip search" means, and he won't be getting the $25,000 he wanted as compensation for embarrassment and humiliation. At the request of the man, St. Croix County and its insurance company, Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer dismissed a lawsuit filed in May 2008. "This case was just voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff," said Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman Wednesday.
A garbage collection company involved in a fatal accident is asking the court to decide if, and to what degree, it was responsible for the incident. Richard "Ricky" D. Nelson, 30, 111 N. Fourth St., died Nov. 26, 2008, after hitting the back of a Veolia ES Solid Waste truck. Nelson, who was driving a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee, hit the 2007 Mack garbage truck as it waited in the median of Hwy. 35N and Whitetail Boulevard. Nelson's Jeep was southbound on Hwy 35. The Veolia truck, driven by Mark J. Anderson, Rosemount, Minn., had crossed the southbound lanes of Hwy.
ELLSWORTH -- A state commissioner was justified in denying parole to a man who shot his wife to death 22 years ago, ruled Pierce County Judge Robert Wing last week. In May 1987, Wing sentenced Richard John Kusch, now 65, to life in prison. A jury had found Kusch guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his wife in front of their son and an employee of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. In a single-page ruling filed Feb.
As it does for many women, Lisa Speer's battle with breast cancer started with a lump that she knew hadn't been there before. In the weeks since, she's learned much about the disease, about her disease in particular and about her options. Speer, who is single, has also found herself surrounded with networks of friends, including fellow members of the River Falls High School Class of 1980, Northwest Airlines flight attendants, coworkers from St.
As it does for many women, Lisa Speer's battle with breast cancer started with a lump that she knew hadn't been there before. In the weeks since, she has learned much about the disease, about her disease in particular and about her options. Speer, who is single, has also found herself surrounded with networks of friends, including fellow members of the River Falls High School class of 1980, Northwest Airlines flight attendants, coworkers from St.