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A woman who was injured in an accident that took the life of another young woman has filed a lawsuit against the man convicted of causing the crash. Heather M. Everson, 165 Susan St., Ellsworth, is seeking actual and punitive damages in a civil lawsuit filed March 23 against Ryan C. Foley, Stanley Correctional Center, and his insurance company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Everson was injured in an April 18, 2003, automobile accident east of River Falls on Hwy. 29.
Desi Foy, a 2001 Ellsworth High School graduate and former local radio news reporter, has been hired as an advertising sales representative at the Pierce County Herald. He described his Herald sales territory as "Prescott to Durand and all spots in between, basically the county." Foy, 23, said he is starting to meet the people on his current client list and will "then see who else is out there that we can help with their advertising." He has an associate degree in radio broadcasting from Brown College and previously worked as a freelance reporter for the Herald, co
The Pierce County Board voted last week to rezone 242 acres in the Town of Trimbelle to allow residential development. The land, which is northwest of Ellsworth, is in the village's extraterritorial zone and is subject to the village's subdivision ordinance. The change in the 227 acres now zoned Primary Agriculture will increase the maximum number of residential lots from 11 to 97.
RIVER FALLS: While State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf has some good things to say about the 2005-2007 state budget, by the end of last week she promised to draft a constitutional amendment to limit the governor's line-item veto power. "Wisconsin citizens would be shocked if they saw how major funding decisions are being made in the budget signed...by Gov. Jim Doyle," said Harsdorf, R-River Falls.
This year, Pierce County fairgoers who run out of cash won't have to leave the grounds to get more. Friday, the Finance and Personnel Committee voted to allow a company to set up an ATM on the fairgrounds. "It's been a requested feature for many years," said Fair Coordinator Ann Webb. She said fair organizers finally found a company willing to bring in the machine for the few days of the fair for a nominal charge. The county will stock the machine with cash and receive $1.25 from each $2.75-per-transaction fee.
ELLSWORTH - A man who was Dodge County coordinator for nearly a decade and a Goodhue County Extension director may become Pierce County's new administrative coordinator. Friday morning Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee recommended that the County Board hire Curt Kephart, Rochester, to fill the job left vacant since Mark Schroeder resigned last year. The appointment now goes to the County Board, which will make the final decision. The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening.
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Despite strong opposition from two supervisors, the Pierce County Board voted last week to rezone a 568-acre farm from Primary Agriculture to a zone that would allow denser residential development. On a vote of 14-2, the county board rezoned the land owned by Phil and Patricia Most, Town of Clifton to General Rural Flexible 8, increasing the potential density on the land from 28 to 113 houses. "If there's one vote cast tonight to deny a farmer his rights, it's an insult to all of us," said Oak Grove farmer Gene Schommer, speaking to the board before the vote.
Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle filed a small claims action against County Board Chairman Dick Truax Friday, alleging Truax violated Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law. Truax is accused of barring county board members Don Nellessen and Dale Hines from an Oct. 22, 2002, meeting of the Personnel Committee. The committee met that day to conduct a performance evaluation of Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder. Violation of the Open Meetings Law involves a $25 to $300 penalty.
Community residents are invited to line the streets of Ellsworth to show their support for members of the U. S. Army Reserve 652nd Engineer Company as they leave for Fort McCoy Thursday. Village President Jerry DeWolfe was working hastily Monday to help arrange a sendoff for the unit, which was mobilized that day. DeWolfe said the unit's first trucks will leave at 10 a.m. Thursday. The second group will leave at 10:30 a.m. "We want to get as many of the community together to line the streets and wish them well," said DeWolfe.