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Pierce County supervisors voted last week to ask for extra federal money to help replace the old salt-damaged bridge on CTH F in the area commonly known as Clifton Hollow. The two-lane bridge, which crosses the nearly 200-foot deep Kinnickinnic River valley gorge, has grades of 10 percent on both approaches. Tight curves on the road leading to the bridge also pose challenges to drivers, especially during bad weather, according to the county board resolution adopted Tuesday. Federal funding is in place to pay 80 percent of approved replacement costs for the existing 156-foot bridge.
The number of people killed on Pierce County roads has doubled in the last two years, and three weeks into 2008, the statistics are looking even worse. The county reported 10 traffic fatalities in 2007 compared to five in 2006 and four in 2005.
BALDWIN -- The technology-related business sector in west central Wisconsin has seen a steady, though not phenomenal, growth. But the communities need to work together to develop and maximize talent and investment capital, advised a consultant last week. "I heard more about what divides you than what connects you," said Jerry Paytas of GPS Consulting. He said the cities and nine counties in the corridor must develop a regional orientation.
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Ellsworth Police Chief Greg Place is the uncontested candidate for a seat on the Pierce County Board, and there will be a primary election in February for a River Falls seat. Also as the filing deadline passed last week, contests had developed for three other seats on the 17-member board. A board newcomer is the only candidate for one seat, and only the incumbents are candidates for 11 seats. Place filed for the Ellsworth seat now held by Pamela Sans, who has served on the board since 2006. Sans did not file for re-election.
Pierce County Supervisors are asking for extra federal money to help replace the old salt-damaged bridge on CTH F in the area commonly known as "Clifton Hollow." The two-lane bridge, which crosses the nearly 200-foot-deep Kinnickinnic River valley gorge, has grades of 10 percent on both approaches. Tight curves on the road leading to the bridge also pose challenges to drivers, especially during bad weather, according to a county board resolution that will come to a vote Jan.
Despite a report the owners are claiming more than the birds were worth, the Pierce County Board voted last week to pay $15 to $20 apiece for chickens and guinea hens apparently killed by dogs. Each November at the board's budget meeting, supervisors are asked to approve claims for domestic animals killed or injured by stray dogs.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to seek bids for $3.96 million in general obligation bonds to pay for a series of projects. The projects include buying land, computers for the sheriff's department, fairground bleachers, a new Courthouse elevator, and air conditioning and boiler replacements. According to the schedule presented Tuesday, the county will seek a bond rating the week of Jan. 14, expects to sell the bonds the following week and plans to receive the money in early February. The board also voted to go with a 10-year repayment schedule.
The choice was Christmas in a comfortable Pierce County home, surrounded by her family, or spending time with orphans thousands of miles away. Kristina Harsdorf chose the orphans. By the time her family celebrates the holiday in Wisconsin, she will be baking Christmas cookies with young Romanians at her apartment. Harsdorf, who signed on for a year-long internship with Children to Love International, is part of a team working with children in eight orphanages in Bucharest, a city of two million in Southern Romania. She hadn't planned to return to Wisconsin during the year, but came back la
If Wisconsin lawmakers and citizens learned anything from the last budget process, it's that it must be changed, said Sen.