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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 denying a hearing on Brummer's request for sentence credit. In a decision filed Tuesday, 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.
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.
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.
The father of a boy who was sexually assaulted by a substitute teacher has filed a civil lawsuit against her and her husband. The suit, filed in Pierce County, asks for unspecified monetary damages from Ann and Wade J.
The Pierce County Highway Committee voted last week to recommend the county add its own vehicle registration fee to the fee already collected annually by the state. The next step is to have an ordinance drafted and presented to the finance and personnel committee for its consideration. The proposal, adopted on a 3-2 vote of committee members, is intended to raise money for highway maintenance and repair.
Pierce County's Highway Committee has chosen Laurie Lundgaard, a 20-year veteran of the department, to serve as interim highway commissioner. The appointment will be on the agenda for ratification at the Tuesday, Oct. 28, county board meeting. The committee is recommending Lundgaard fill in from Nov.
By divvying up an extra $301,000 in tax money and a $100,000 carryover, the Pierce County Finance Committee reached a budget giving departments some of what they want for next year. The budget approved by the committee Monday night will be presented to the full county board at its budget hearing Tuesday, Oct.
More and more "ATV Route" signs are popping up around St. Croix and Pierce counties as town boards adopt ordinances to allow the off-road vehicles on town roads. But some rural residents argue letting all-terrain vehicles mix with cars and trucks is dangerous and annoying, and the rules are nearly impossible to enforce. At least one town has said no to the change. The Pierce County Towns of Ellsworth, Gilman, Martell, Trimbelle and Spring Lake have adopted ordinances to allow ATVs on some of their roads. In St.