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Pierce County leaders working on a plan for high-speed internet access for the entire county are asking residents to fill out a survey to support the need. "With the money out there, it seems like this is worth pursuing," said Brad Roy of the Pierce County Land Management Department. He encourages people to complete a Wisconsin Public Service online survey to reinforce the local need for broadband and thus help the county qualify for funding to get it. Although details won't be released until June, there apparently will be federal economic stimulus money to cover most of the cost of countyw
A Pierce County Board member has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly disrupting a UW-River Falls student meeting and using obscenities. Witnesses said Benjamin Plunkett, 35, interrupted a Student Senate ethics committee meeting.
A proposed loss in state shared revenue is among their lesser problems and one they can deal with, say Pierce and St. Croix county administrators. Gov. Jim Doyle is proposing slicing $8.5 million from the $850 million a year fund. While one percent would be trimmed from shared revenues as a whole next year, the cut would hit some local governments harder than others. The impact varies substantially among counties, cities, villages and towns because the distribution formula is based on property values and population. "It's not devastating.
A Minnesota inmate serving time for manslaughter is asking a Pierce County judge to review probation decisions he claims led to him being imprisoned too long. In a civil complaint filed Feb. 24, Randall Arthur Radunz, 47, alleges a warrant that led to revocation of his probation was obtained under false pretenses.
A state commissioner was justified in denying parole to a man who shot his wife to death 22 years ago, ruled Pierce County Judge Robert Wing last week. In May 1987, Wing sentenced Richard John Kusch, now 65, to life in prison. A jury had found Kusch guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his wife in front of their son and an employee of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse. In a single-page ruling filed Feb.
After reviewing policy language and a timeline, a judge found a Pierce County house destroyed by fire after being hit by a pickup was not insured. St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham ruled Randall and Sue Hendrickson's house insurance had legitimately been canceled nearly two months before the home was hit by a GMC Sierra driven by Lisa Villigan, 39. The accident occurred Feb. 17, 2007. The vehicle Villigan was driving struck the Hendricksons' house and hit a gas meter, triggering a natural gas explosion. Villigan died in the incident.
A former pediatric trauma nurse, a state deputy superintendent, a Principal of the Year and two professors are the candidates in next week's primary election for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction. The statewide vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 17, will trim the number of candidates from five to two. Those two will proceed to the April 7 general election during which one will be elected to a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. These are the candidates: * Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago.
Board of Review members' remarks about the current value of property led a Pierce County judge to agree that the town assessment on a woman's house may be too high. In a decision filed Jan. 28, Judge Robert Wing reversed a property assessment decision made by the Town of Clifton Board of Review and sent the matter back to the board to consider further evidence regarding the fair market value of a house. Rita Zawislak-Brandt, W13105 635th Ave., Prescott, filed this case challenging the 2008 assessment of her house.
He wore a tie and white shirt Tuesday night, but Pierce County Board members joked that that won't be his usual attire as they elected the county's new highway commissioner. Chad A.