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If the federal government distributes economic stimulus money for public projects, County Board Chairman Paul Barkla wants Pierce to get a piece of the action. Last week, the Wisconsin Counties Association forwarded a request from Gov.
Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee has made a salary offer to a man members hope will be the county's next highway commissioner. Monday night the committee endorsed a hiring board recommendation to offer the job to Chad A. Johnson, 35, Eau Claire, with an annual salary of $68,182. Johnson, who is currently a project manager for Hoffman Construction Company, Black River Falls, has accepted the offer, said Personnel Specialist Sandy Langer Tuesday morning. She said the hiring board interviewed six applicants. The last step in the hiring process will come at the Tuesday, Jan.
With only a little fuss, last week Pierce County Board members finalized a 2009 budget that will mean a slight tax increase for county property owners. The 2009 budget adds two new employees: a jailer/dispatcher and a lead economic support worker. It also gives most union employees a 2 percent salary increase on Jan. 1 and another 1 percent increase on July 1, 2009. Non-union workers, who are generally department heads and managers, will get 2.5 percent increases Jan.
It wouldn't be honest to say Glenn Nelson lives in the past -- far from it. But it would be fair to say the past lives with the 85-year-old World War II combat veteran. Nelson was a college sophomore at River Falls in the fall of 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
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.