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The Pierce County Board voted last week to begin charging a $200 fee when the county treasurer starts the procedure to take property on which taxes haven't been paid. The fee is intended to cover title company fees and other costs related to the tax deed process. It will be paid by the property owners if they pay off back taxes, or it could be recouped if the property is eventually taken by the county and sold by bid. "We are very behind in the process," Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom told county board members Tuesday. "We haven't done any for many years," Beastrom explained.
Green is good, both for a business' image and for its bottom line, says the owner of Flat Pennies Ice Cream Shop in Bay City. Though the paperwork isn't complete, Jim Ross expects to join over 100 Wisconsin tourism businesses that have earned the right to display the "Travel Green Wisconsin" logo. "Basically what they're trying to do is create businesses environments that are as green as possible," said Ross of the Department of Tourism's initiative, which was launched last year. "People come here to Wisconsin to really grasp the beauty of the state," said Ross.
A former River Falls man failed to convince appeals court judges that allowing Pierce County jurors to re-watch a videotape of a child's testimony prejudiced his case. Last week, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed Robert H. Magee's conviction of first-degree sexual assault of a child and rejected his request for a new trial. On March 10, 2006, a Pierce County jury found Magee guilty of assaulting the 10-year-old child in July 2004.
A 55-year-old Pepin County man died Friday when a farm tractor rolled over on him. Daniel Black, County Road Z, Arkansaw, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pepin County Deputy Coroner Christy Rundquist. The accident location was in a farm field just outside Pierce County. The accident was reported at 5:10 p.m. May 23. Pierce County authorities were the first to get the 911 call because it was made from a phone in Pierce County.
If you're driving in Ellsworth the next couple of weeks, are stopped by an officer for any traffic offense, and anyone in the car isn't belted in, someone will get a ticket. From May 19 through June 1, the seven Ellsworth officers on duty will join law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the annual "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement, said Sgt. Eric Ladwig. "I've witnessed very serious accidents where people have walked away because they were wearing seatbelts," said Ladwig.
After less than three years on the job, Curt Kephart is resigning as Pierce County administrative coordinator. Details of the severance agreement were being worked out Friday afternoon. The Finance and Personnel Committee is set to meet in closed session Monday evening to consider the resignation and appoint an interim administrative coordinator. "I don't have any (plans for the future) right now," said Kephart, 56, Friday morning. "I'm going to seek other employment opportunities." He said the resignation would be effective May 20.
Although the office won't be moved until mid-summer, the Pierce County Board voted last week to formally establish the county's Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC). The center, which will for now be in the Office on Aging on the street-level floor of the County Office Building, will continue its services to the elderly and will assist adult clients, elderly or not, as they explore the need for services for persons with disabilities. Conference Rooms 1-3 on the lower level of the office building will be remodeled, and the ADRC will be moved there once that is done. Kathy Hass, the
The Pierce County Board has approved land descriptions that will allow the highway department to go ahead with reconstruction on CTH U. A new bridge will be built after work begins this year.
ELLSWORTH - Paul Barkla, River Falls, was elected to his second two-year term as chairman of the Pierce County Board when newly-elected supervisors met to reorganize April 22. He had no opposition for the position. Jeff Holst, town of Diamond Bluff, was elected vice chairman, filling the seat formerly held by Kirstin Schilling, who did not run for re-election to the board. Jerry Kosin, town of Oak Grove, was re-elected second vice chairman. Four new members were seated on the 17-member board.
Saturday, a Pierce County sportsman's club accepted a man's challenge to preserve and protect 141 acres and the mile-long stretch of trout stream that flows through it. About 150 people gathered at noon to celebrate the donation from the estate of Herbert P. Koch, formerly of Hastings, Minn., to the Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsman's Club. "We just feel it's the most beautiful land we could possibly be in," said Koch's niece, Patty Stoneberg, Hastings.