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By adopting a prioritized list of maintenance projects Tuesday evening, the Pierce County Board took the first step toward borrowing $3.85 million outside the usual county operating budget. Between now and the Oct. 23 County Board meeting, staff and financial advisors will work out a bonding plan that will set out payments over either 10 or 20 years. When that is done, it will be possible to determine the cost to taxpayers. The plan will be introduced to the board next week and set for adoption, along with the 2008 budget, at the Nov.
The co-chair of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance is less than optimistic that the governor's plan to call the full Legislature into session today will solve the state's budget stalemate. Seven days ago, Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would call a special session Oct. 15 on a "compromise budget bill." But, said Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, Republicans had already offered a bill that was a true compromise and they haven't seen Doyle's new bill. "We go in Monday for a bill we haven't seen. We don't have it," said Rhoades Friday afternoon.
RIVER FALLS -- A business couldn't find a better place to do business, advised a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the loyalty marketing field, speaking at the I-Q Corridor Investors' Symposium at UW-River Falls last week. In terms of pragmatism, people and potential, companies couldn't choose a better home base than the Upper Midwest--in particular Wisconsin and Minnesota, said Mark Lacek. This first-time I-Q Corridor symposium--organized by the Wisconsin Technology Council--brought together potential investors, entrepreneurs, higher education representatives and economic develo
RIVER FALLS -- In terms of business, what's good for Wisconsin is good for Minnesota and both states have a lot to offer the world, said Gov.
Citing the pressures and stress of the job, Pierce County's new treasurer has announced her resignation. Paula Knutson, who took office in January, will leave the post Oct. 31. State law gives the county board the authority to either call a special election or appoint someone to fill out the term, which expires at the end of 2008. County Board Chairman Paul Barkla said the county will immediately begin seeking applications from people interested in filling out Knutson's term. Applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent and resume by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to reduce programs and staff instead of drawing down fund balances if the county runs into budget problems this fall. While the state hasn't yet adopted its budget and associated local government levy caps, the assumption is Pierce County will be allowed to increase its levy 2.296 percent.
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.