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As things stand, a lawsuit filed five years ago by a development company against Pierce County and its former land management committee will go to trial next summer. During a telephone conference Wednesday, Judge John Damon set the suit for trial July 28 through Aug. 1, 2008.
The owner of an area nursery business is in a medically induced coma at Regions Hospital in St. Paul following a severe fall 10 days ago. Mark Anderson, 49, operator of Anderson Plant Farms in the town of Martell, fell down basement stairs in his home Sunday, Sept. 16. He suffered traumatic brain injury and a fractured skull, said his eldest daughter, Danielle Erickson, Tuesday morning. "It's a very critical situation. The doctors say it's a very, very severe injury," said Danielle.
Forty years ago, half of all American children walked or biked to school every day. Now, over half ride to school in private cars, and fewer than 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or bicycling. Ellsworth village and school officials hope to change local patterns of behavior by using a federal grant to build more sidewalks, better paths and safer street crossings. The village and Ellsworth School District partnered to apply for and obtained a $196,220 grant in the first round of the U.S.
After years of trying, the Freund family of the town of El Paso came home big winners from the 2007 Minnesota State Fair. While his father Michael did most of the advance work, 13-year-old Patrick showed the family's pigs, winning the titles of Senior Champion Swine, Senior Champion Boar and Senor Champion Gilt. "We came in dead last for years - we honestly did," said Jeanne Freund.
In a couple of weeks, the Pierce County Board will vote on a request to release $54,000 from its Park Development Fund to help the town of Diamond Bluff develop and improve Sea Wing Park. Though this is only a small share of the nearly $860,000 sitting in the park fund, it's a good use of the money. For about two decades, Pierce County collected a park fee - ranging from $100 to $600 - each time a new residential lot was created in a rural area.
MADISON - The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery doesn't pay some of its production workers overtime pay, including one employee since 1968, according to a lawsuit filed recently in federal court. According to the complaint: Fourteen employees allege ECC requires them to be in uniform and at their work areas 10 minutes before the start of their shift but doesn't pay them for pre-shift duties including changing into their work clothes. The employees need to be present before each shift change to receive current production conditions from co-workers, which allows production machinery to opera
The Pierce County Board will vote later this month on a request to donate $54,240 to help the Town of Diamond Bluff develop and expand a three-acre park with frontage on the Mississippi River. The funds will come from the Park Development Fund, money that was collected over the last two decades as a park fee-which ranged from $100 to $600-was charged each time a new residential lot was created in the county's rural areas. Pierce County's Park Development Fund contains nearly $860,000. State law no longer allows counties to collect the fee.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to lend the highway department $400,000 to build a new storage building -- but the loan won't be interest-free. Along with interest, Supervisor Ben Plunkett, River Falls, also proposed charging the department a $37,500 penalty, claiming highway department representatives lied about funding for an older building. Highway Commissioner Ross Christopherson had estimated the new 20,000 square foot building -- which replaces smaller off-site buildings--would cost about $800,000.
In an eight-page decision filed early last week, Trempealeau County Judge John Damon rejected all of Pierce County's motions to end a lawsuit in which Trumpeter Development is asking for over $4 million in damages. The judge found Trumpeter's property interests were denied without legal basis, and he is allowing the developer to make claim for damages related to all the lots in the development. "Trumpeter invested money to install an infrastructure to comply with obtaining (approval for development)," wrote Damon.
The reports range from a high profile case in which an accountant stole over $150,000 from an elderly widow to a call from a person worried about her neighbor's hygiene. The term "elder abuse" covers a lot of territory, but most often it's a case of a family needing help with simple basic needs, according to Pierce County Office on Aging Supervisor Kathy Hass. By the end of July, the Pierce County Office on Aging had received 11 reports of suspected elder neglect or abuse.