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Disappointment and annoyance are good words to describe St. Croix County Board members' reaction to a referendum that will eliminate more than a third of their positions. Last week county residents voted 31,460 to 9,358 -- better than three to one -- to cut the number of supervisors on the board from 31 to 19. The county has until Nov.
Contractors preparing to replace the roof on the St. Croix County Government Center got a nasty surprise -- the walls are deteriorating too. If the problems continue around the building, repair costs could be about $750,000, guessed Facilities Manager Art Tobin. An engineer who examined the building said the leaking may be due to improper design or to poor workmanship.
ELLSWORTH - The Pierce County Board voted last week to reprioritize projects that will be paid for with $3.9 million borrowed in January. Building Committee Chairman Dan Reis said prioritization is a must because estimated costs keep climbing, and, in all likelihood, the board won't be able to do all the work it planned. "All along the question has been asked: Are we going to go over our budget?" said Reis.
Fifty-two workers at Andersen Corporation's Menomonie assembly plant were told today their jobs have been eliminated and were sent home. The plant currently had 245 employees and had a workforce of about 275 at its peak. The jobs that were cut were production workers and office support staff. "We've taken the cuts we need to take for now, based on what we know," said Maureen McDonough, Andersen's director of corporate communications.
Jodi Wooding was a single mom with limited education, two children to support and a job she loved -- until the specter that haunts many Americans hit her. Wooding had worked at Foley Wood Products in Ellsworth for 13 years when in September 2004 the owners announced they'd sold the business and the plant would close. "My initial thought was, 'What am I going to do? I'm 46 years old. What am I going to do?'" recalls Wooding. She had a daughter in college and a son in high school. Her job paid well.
A Pierce County judge may have been hasty in failing to give a man convicted of drunken driving, sixth offense, credit in each of two cases for time he was held in jail. Troy Thomas Brummer, 36, Hager City, appealed Judge Robert Wing's decision that denied a hearing on Brummer's request for sentence credit. In a decision filed Nov. 4, the District III Court of Appeals sent the case back to county court for a hearing on Brummer's motion. According to background in the decision, on Jan. 3, 2006, Brummer was arrested for operating while intoxicated, sixth offense.
The effects of national economic problems haven't hit Pierce County government finances yet, but careful monitoring of both income and expenses is needed, warns Pierce County's financial advisor. "I think there are a lot of people who would like to trade places with you guys," Bob Moore told county supervisors and department heads last week. Moore is president of Institutional Capital Management and Consulting, the Colorado-based firm that manages about $15 million of Pierce County's money. Those funds are still growing at an annual average rate of 4.6%, better even than the Wisconsin's Loc
Bill Gilles, a member of the Pierce County Board, is hospitalized at Regions Hospital in St. Paul following a traffic accident Wednesday morning. Gilles, N5231 410th St., Ellsworth, teaches agriculture education and science in the Baldwin-Woodville school district. He was reportedly on his way to work when the accident occurred on Hwy. 63. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department did not have an accident report completed Thursday afternoon. Gilles, who was first elected to the Pierce County Board in April 2004, has served on the board since then.
The Pierce County Board formalized the purchase of a third house on Ellsworth's West Grove Street Tuesday night. This acquisition continues to implement a fairgrounds master plan, said County Board Chairman Paul Barkla. That plan calls for buying property on the south side of Grove Street as it becomes available. On Tuesday the board agreed to pay $190,000 for the house at 364 W. Grove. The property was bought from the Charles and Mary Cain Life Estate. Mary died in 2007, and Charles died early this year.