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Over three months after 2007 budget work began in earnest, Pierce County administrators still have more than $1.3 million to cut from department requests. The human services department is proposing a 53 percent increase in its budget and that doesn't take into account another $906,400 needed to cover the department's deficits for this year and last, reported Finance Director Julie Brickner Monday night. She said the budget turned in by the sheriff's department reflects a three percent cut, but the sheriff is asking for increases in personnel, which aren't included in the budget. Despite the
An Ellsworth man, who put money aside for years and invested it to pay for his dream trip, enjoyed the adventure so much he went again. While his 2005 trip to South Africa included both photo and hunting safaris with his wife and another couple, this summer Pat McLaughlin went back alone for two weeks to hunt the seven animals he wanted to fill out his collection of mounted heads. McLaughlin, 60, said he began saving $10 a month in 1984, hoping to some day afford an African safari.
A minister who has served churches in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Ohio is the new pastor at Zion Covenant Church. The Rev.
A long-time Pierce County lawyer, convicted on his third and fourth drunk driving charges, was sentenced last Thursday to 185 days in jail and fined $3,864. Warren Lee Brandt, 55, Prescott, who was Pierce County district attorney in 1983 and 1984, is to begin serving his sentence Oct. 27.
Two young men awaiting trial on burglary charges were arrested last Thursday apparently living in a camper parked in the cattle barn at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Cody C. Muhlhausen and Timothy Joseph "TJ" Degroat, both 19, were charged Friday with felony bail jumping, entry into a locked building and misdemeanor theft.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to use up to $10,000 from the county's $1 million Park Development Fund to help build a dam at Nugget Lake Park. The money will pay a third of the cost of the earthen dam at the county park. The dam is one of two and will cost $25,250. Of that cost, $8,416 will come from the development fund and the rest from the land conservation department's budget. The Park Development Fund has a balance of $1,094,902. That money was collected over the years as land in the county was sold for new houses.
After a five-month delay, the Pierce County Board adopted amendments to its St. Croix Riverway zoning code last week. The action revises county law to comply with changes the state made to Chapter NR 118 of Wisconsin's Administrative Code. The state changes, which must be incorporated into county law, were finalized in the summer of 2004. Pierce County's amendments came to the county board in February.
MENOMONIE -- A major mission of the national Disabled American Veterans is to assist injured vets, but Chapter 26 members want to go farther as they lay plans to help their communities. Fifteen months ago Tri-County Chapter 26 -- which serves Pierce, St. Croix and Dunn counties -- bought the former Windmill Sports building north of Menomonie. Along with the building -- which DAV members renovated into a lounge, bars, meeting room and banquet hall -- the 12-acre site holds a golf driving range, picnic shelter and miniature golf course. Recently Chapter 26 members have asked the Pierce, St.
Pierce County government's 2007 budget work moved into full swing last week as the county board's finance committee spent more than six hours going over budget scenarios and possible cuts for various departments. The meeting started on a somber note as Finance Director Julie Brickner--reviewing numbers audited in July--reported the county's undesignated general fund carryover dropped from $6.3 million to $6.2 million in 2005. Also, said Brickner, at the end of 2005, delinquent property taxes totaled $1.3 million--an increase of over 37 percent in a year. "I think that's one of the biggest j
Ben Plunkett says he brings a different perspective to the Pierce County Board and its law enforcement and human services committees. It's hard to argue with that. Plunkett has been found guilty of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, drunk driving and having sexual relations with an underage girl. Although he pleaded out a meth charge, he admits he was using the drug. A judge slapped him with a 30-day jail term for contempt of court.