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Two Pierce County incumbents will have opposition on the ballot this fall. Jamie R. Feuerhelm, Spring Valley, who has been county clerk since 1997, is being challenged by Heather L. Snook, Ellsworth. Feuerhelm is a Democrat and Snook identifies herself as an independent. Register of Deeds Vicki J. Nelson, Ellsworth, who was elected in 2004, is challenged by Paul B. Webb, Beldenville. Nelson is a Republican and Webb is a Democrat. Treasurer Phyllis J.
Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades will face another Republican in a primary, Congressman Ron Kind will be in a three-way race in November and 10 candidates are vying for the assembly seat held Barbara Gronemus. First-term assembly members Ann Hraychuck, District 28, and John Murtha, District 29, will also be opposed in November. Tenth District State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican from River Falls, is challenged by Democrat Alison H. Page, River Falls. That's according to candidate registration reports posted by the Wisconsin State Elections Board.
Judge Robert Wing dismissed a lawsuit claiming Pierce County should pay for damage caused when heavy traffic was diverted around a fatal accident and over Town of Martell roads. At the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday, the judge agreed with an insurance company lawyer who argued Wisconsin law gives the county immunity from this type of claim. A jury trial set for Sept. 25-26 was cancelled. Following a fatal accident on Jan. 27, 2006, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department diverted Hwy.
Off-shore drilling, nuclear energy, the cost of health care, illegal immigration and the value of cooperation were among the topics as Sen. John McCain met with several hundred women Friday morning. The event, hosted by J& L Steel Erectors in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park, was billed as a "women only" event limited to 500 people. But a sprinkling of men attended, and when the 500 seats were filled, at least 100 latecomers stood in back. "I learn more, gain more, from these encounters than you do," said McCain, 71, of his question-and-answer sessions.
A former Pierce County man who shot his wife to death in front of their teenage son and a domestic abuse agency worker 21 years ago wants out of prison. Richard John Kusch, 65, who was sentenced to a life term in May 1987, claims his conduct during two decades as an inmate has been exemplary.
After a year-long dispute over state code compliance, three camping cabins at Pierce County's Nugget Lake Park may be available to the public yet this summer. An understanding has been reached with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce about the work needed to bring the cabins into line with Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code, said Park Committee Chairman Mel Pittman.
Pierce County Board members must be on the same page before they hire a new administrative coordinator, warned County Board Chairman Paul Barkla. He added long-time County Clerk David Sorenson believed he lost his last election as a result of his role as part-time administrative coordinator. Barkla, himself filling in as interim coordinator, would like to hold a day-long goal-setting session for supervisors, focusing on the role of the administrative coordinator.
Although county supervisors haven't given their stamp of approval, Pierce County's new veteran services officer has developed a proposal for an expanded memorial on the front lawn of the courthouse. As groundskeepers prepare for the replacement and repair of sidewalks, he agreed to develop a plan for the front lawn, said VSO David Till. The plan calls for the addition of an "eternal flame," moving the five stone tablets listing the county's war dead to the opposite side of the existing sidewalk and adding two more flag poles, two picnic tables and more sidewalk. Till said the proposed memor
Agreements reached by negotiators would give 140 Pierce County union workers three percent increases in each of three years and would gradually raise the share employees pay for health insurance. The contracts--for 55 workers in the courthouse union, 55 in the highway union and 30 Human Services Department support staff--are expected to go to union members for a vote this week. If approved by workers, the contracts will come to the county board for adoption July 22. All three contracts call for two percent increases effective Jan.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated. Boots, herself a registered nurse who worked in home health, told the younger woman she shouldn't have done that without someone else observing.