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ELLSWORTH - Because apparent owners haven't paid property taxes for several years, the Pierce County Board voted to take possession of a home, a buildable lot and several property remnants. The amounts owed on the eight properties range from $21,743 to $241, said Pierce Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom Thursday. Although the owners of one property still live there and will have to be legally evicted, in six cases the property is so small, the owners may not have been aware they owned it and probably don't want it, said Beastrom. The county hasn't taken a tax deed on any property since 2001, said
EL PASO--About 80 people--members of the Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsman's Club and their guests--gathered June 13 to dedicate a three-pier handicapped-accessible area along the Rush River. The land, over 140 acres in the Town of El Paso, was donated to the sportsman's club last year by the trustees of the estate of Herbert P. Koch, formerly of Hastings, Minn. Along with the property donation came a check for $2,500 to help develop a handicapped-accessible fishing area along the trout stream. Development of the area cost about $9,000, said Sportsman's Club President Arby Linder.
If most of us found hair in our food at a restaurant, we'd probably tell the server. But what do you do if the hair is in take-out food? A River Falls man thought he had the answer: Call 911. In a two-minute call to Pierce County's 911 center after 10 p.m.
Although the general election is 10 months away, at least three local lawyers have set their sights on the Pierce County judgeship held for nearly 25 years by Robert Wing. Wing said he won't be a candidate when his current six-year term expires next April. Three lawyers--Joe Boles and John O'Boyle, both of River Falls, and Bob Loberg of Ellsworth--all say they have decided to run and are actively seeking support. Here is a quick rundown on each: Boles has been practicing law in River Falls since September 1981.
A Pierce County lawyer has been reprimanded by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and assessed $13,690 for failing to supervise an employee who embezzled $104,000 and for running up five drunk driving convictions. In a 17-page opinion filed last week, the Supreme Court rejected an Office of Lawyer Regulation recommendation Warren Lee Brandt, 58, be suspended from the practice of law for 60 days.
It's going to be a tough but productive summer as work on several building projects proceeds, predicts Pierce County Building Committee Chairman Dan Reis. "You're going to see some real results in very short order," Reis told county staff and county board members last week. But the progress won't come without pain. "Everyone in here (the courthouse and office building) is going to be disrupted some time, somehow," said Reis. He advised, "Get used to it.
An engineer who has worked for a local company for 33 years and served on a town board for 14 years is the newest member of the Pierce County Board. During their meeting Tuesday, county supervisors elected L. Ronald Bartels, Town of Isabelle, to fill the unexpired term of Bill Gilles, who died in March. Bartels will represent the Village of Bay City, the Towns of Isabelle and Hartland, and parts of the Towns of El Paso and Salem on the county board. County Board Chairman Paul Barkla had asked for applications for the position.
A $950,000 upgrade at the West Central Wisconsin Biosolids Facility will mean three things: Less breakdowns, more capacity and less odor, says plant Superintendent Sam Warp. A search that took WCWBF commissioners to many plants in the United States and Europe ended ironically when they found the equipment they were looking for next door in St. Croix County, said Warp. The major pieces of equipment, made by Schwing Bioset of Somerset, have been installed and are in operation. "The equipment is built heavy duty for pumping sand and gravel," said Warp.
One day this week Marie Demuth will enter St. Francis Cemetery with a stack of white wooden crosses just as she has for the last five decades. Using her memory and a carefully compiled list, the 93-year-old widow and her friend will gently place a cross trimmed with paper poppies on each of the graves of 22 deceased members of the American Legion Auxiliary. "Marie's got it all laid out," said Linda Christiansen, who is Demuth's partner in this project. "She knows where to go." "I knew all of those ladies," said Demuth, who joined the Legion Auxiliary with her mother 63 years ago.
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