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Pierce County's Highway Committee has chosen Laurie Lundgaard, a 20-year veteran of the department, to serve as interim highway commissioner. The appointment will be on the agenda for ratification at the Tuesday, Oct. 28, county board meeting. The committee is recommending Lundgaard fill in from Nov.
The Pierce County Highway Committee voted last week to recommend the county add its own vehicle registration fee to the fee already collected annually by the state. The next step is to have an ordinance drafted and presented to the finance and personnel committee for its consideration. The proposal, adopted on a 3-2 vote of committee members, is intended to raise money for highway maintenance and repair.
By divvying up an extra $301,000 in tax money and a $100,000 carryover, the Pierce County Finance Committee reached a budget giving departments some of what they want for next year. The budget approved by the committee Monday night will be presented to the full county board at its budget hearing Tuesday, Oct.
More and more "ATV Route" signs are popping up around St. Croix and Pierce counties as town boards adopt ordinances to allow the off-road vehicles on town roads. But some rural residents argue letting all-terrain vehicles mix with cars and trucks is dangerous and annoying, and the rules are nearly impossible to enforce. At least one town has said no to the change. The Pierce County Towns of Ellsworth, Gilman, Martell, Trimbelle and Spring Lake have adopted ordinances to allow ATVs on some of their roads. In St.
HUDSON -- When she was 15, Laura Ritt was thrown from a vehicle in an accident involving a drunken driver. A few days after her 19th birthday, her neck was injured when the car she was driving was hit from behind by a drunken driver. But the incident that bothered Ritt most was coming upon a fatal accident involving a drunken driver who was her age. "That really affected me," said the 23-year-old New Richmond woman. Before then, drunken driving was something she thought someone should do something about.
A boy can now identify a dozen varieties of apples by sight. A girl learned to listen to nursing home residents. Youngsters learned responsibility by washing county trucks. Juveniles may go into Pierce County's community service program grumbling, but they gain new skills, make connections, work with adult role models and learn the joy of being useful and appreciated, said social workers. Juvenile justice worker Michelle Meinen tells of a girl assigned to assist a nursing home activities director. "What (the girl) got out of it was learning to listen to people.
It's been a busy August and September, said new Pierce County Food Pantry coordinator Trygve Aarsheim. This month's count is not complete, but the number of families using the pantry in August was 50 percent higher than in May. Given the economic times, volunteers expect the higher need will continue through the winter. The number of households that turned to the food pantry for emergency help increased from 128 in April to 172 in August.
On Nov. 4 Ellsworth School District residents will be asked to vote on two referenda. Adoption of one would allow the school district to exceed its state-mandated property tax limit by $900,000 for each of the next five years. Adoption of the other would allow the school district to borrow up to $2 million for a series of maintenance projects. The resolutions authorizing the referenda were adopted on a 6-0 vote of the school board Sept.
A former staff member says Pierce County Reproductive Health Services' new River Falls location is dangerous for clients. While agreeing the new office at 174 S.
Last week, Pierce County Board members heard a closed-session report on raises for another labor group. The Community Health Association contract package--which includes pay raises and higher employee contributions for health insurance premiums--is set for approval by the board at its Tuesday, Sept. 23, meeting. Similar contracts for Human Services Department support staff, the courthouse union and Highway Department union were approved by the board earlier this summer. The new contract will give Health Association members two-percent raises retroactive to Jan.