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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.
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.
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.
Borrowing and budget were the focuses as St. Croix County Board members met Tuesday morning. The board accepted the best of six bids to borrow $3.18 million for building repairs and upgrades. The county will pay a true interest rate of 4.0244 percent on the money borrowed from Robert W. Baird & Company, Milwaukee. The debt, to replace the roof and heating and air conditioning system at the Government Center and replace emergency communications base station radios, will be repaid over seven years.
The mother and brother of a man who died after being escorted out of a River Falls bar by bouncers have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the business. Joseph R. Roscoe, 43, River Falls, died Feb. 27, 2007 -- 10 days after being found unconscious in the alley behind The Library, 106 N. Main St. The civil suit was filed in Pierce County last week by Janice Roscoe, Two Harbors, Minn., and Mark Woodard, Omaha, Neb., against bartender/manager Edward Roughton, 105 Elm St., River Falls, and The Library bar. According to the complaint, on Feb.
From support for schools to promoting alternative energy sources, Chris Danou plans to be an advocate for the small-town and rural residents of the 91st Assembly District. Danou, a patrol officer in Onalaska, is using vacation time in the last weeks before the election to devote himself to campaigning in this large, primarily rural district. Too often government assumes those who aren't wealthy or powerful aren't worthy of representation, said Danou, 41, who sees his job as a policeman as similar to the role he will take in the Assembly: Protecting the weak from those who would do them harm.