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A former pediatric trauma nurse, a state deputy superintendent, a Principal of the Year and two professors are the candidates in next week's primary election for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction. The statewide vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 17, will trim the number of candidates from five to two. Those two will proceed to the April 7 general election during which one will be elected to a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. These are the candidates: Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago.
In a decision filed Jan. 27, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed a Pierce County jury's decision finding Michael Anthony Knudson guilty of stealing a pickup from an Ellsworth dealership. In August 2007, the jury convicted Knudson, 25, of stealing a vehicle Sept. 10, 2005. He was found not guilty on a separate charge of burglary. In September 2007, Judge Robert Wing sentenced Knudson to three years in prison, to run concurrent with a Minnesota sentence, and to a subsequent three years on extended supervision.
HUDSON -- Despite some trepidation that the group might erode the power of other committees, St. Croix County supervisors have voted to create a long-term building planning committee. The resolution carried on a vote of 18-12 during the board's January meeting. According to the resolution, building issues often require communication and coordination among committees. In the past year, the county has been confronted with several building space and maintenance issues.
Board of Review members' remarks about the current value of property led a Pierce County judge to agree that the town assessment on a woman's house may be too high. In a decision filed Jan. 28, Judge Robert Wing reversed a property assessment decision made by the Town of Clifton Board of Review and sent the matter back to the board to consider further evidence regarding the fair market value of a house. Rita Zawislak-Brandt, W13105 635th Ave., Prescott, filed this case challenging the 2008 assessment of her house.
Sentencing repeat drunk drivers is a challenge, say local judges, partly because they can't be sure which penalty will work and partly because they'd like to use some alternatives sooner. "For the most part, you're making a lot of these decisions, and there's no way of knowing if you're making the right one," said Robert Wing, who has been Pierce County judge for 24 years. Wing knows the anguish of sentencing a drunk driver responsible for taking a life. With the family of the victim on one side of the courtroom and family and friends of the offender on the other, the atmosphere is emotiona
Historically Wisconsin has gone after drunk drivers. It should put more emphasis on prosecuting first offenses, says the executive director of MADD Wisconsin. "Obviously what we've been doing in the past isn't working," said Kari Kinnard in a phone interview.
HUDSON -- First a willing seller and no buyer. Then a potential buyer and no willing seller. Two years ago, despite extensive advertising, St. Croix County got no bids on an 18-acre parcel cut off from other "county farm" property by Hwy. 64 construction. This month a real estate agent and an attorney met with the St.
While agreeing the state's economy is stumbling, some Republican legislators think Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle is overplaying Wisconsin's budget crisis and the tactics needed to survive it. The much-publicized $5.4 billion anticipated deficit for the 2009-2011 biennial budget, which hasn't been introduced, reportedly includes agency requests for 8% spending hikes, said Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, Monday. While the Legislature is already officially back in session, lawmakers have been told to expect their first business session will be Jan. 28, the same day Gov.
If the federal government distributes economic stimulus money for public projects, County Board Chairman Paula Barkla wants Pierce to get a piece of the action. Last week the Wisconsin Counties Association forwarded a request from Gov. Jim Doyle's office for lists of municipal building or road projects that could be considered for economic stimulus funding. Barkla, who is also acting county administrator, said he received the e-mail Monday, Jan. 5, and the response was due by noon Wednesday, Jan.
A $2,000 Culture of Excellence Award is being used to help students in Chippewa Valley Technical College's administrative assistant program make connections and focus on skills that lead to jobs. In December the grant from the CVTC Foundation was used for a luncheon that brought together graduates and current students. Other past events include an orientation to the program and courses; a pizza luncheon with speakers who presented information about the importance of professional organizations, student organizations and professional certifications; and a tour of the RCU Corporate Center in Ea