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Off-shore drilling, nuclear energy, the cost of health care, illegal immigration and the value of cooperation were among the topics as Sen. John McCain met with several hundred women Friday morning. The event, hosted by J& L Steel Erectors in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park, was billed as a "women only" event limited to 500 people. But a sprinkling of men attended, and when the 500 seats were filled, at least 100 latecomers stood in back. "I learn more, gain more, from these encounters than you do," said McCain, 71, of his question-and-answer sessions.
A former Pierce County man who shot his wife to death in front of their teenage son and a domestic abuse agency worker 21 years ago wants out of prison. Richard John Kusch, 65, who was sentenced to a life term in May 1987, claims his conduct during two decades as an inmate has been exemplary.
Pierce County Board members must be on the same page before they hire a new administrative coordinator, warned County Board Chairman Paul Barkla. He added long-time County Clerk David Sorenson believed he lost his last election as a result of his role as part-time administrative coordinator. Barkla, himself filling in as interim coordinator, would like to hold a day-long goal-setting session for supervisors, focusing on the role of the administrative coordinator.
Although county supervisors haven't given their stamp of approval, Pierce County's new veteran services officer has developed a proposal for an expanded memorial on the front lawn of the courthouse. As groundskeepers prepare for the replacement and repair of sidewalks, he agreed to develop a plan for the front lawn, said VSO David Till. The plan calls for the addition of an "eternal flame," moving the five stone tablets listing the county's war dead to the opposite side of the existing sidewalk and adding two more flag poles, two picnic tables and more sidewalk. Till said the proposed memor
After a year-long dispute over state code compliance, three camping cabins at Pierce County's Nugget Lake Park may be available to the public yet this summer. An understanding has been reached with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce about the work needed to bring the cabins into line with Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code, said Park Committee Chairman Mel Pittman.
Agreements reached by negotiators would give 140 Pierce County union workers three percent increases in each of three years and would gradually raise the share employees pay for health insurance. The contracts--for 55 workers in the courthouse union, 55 in the highway union and 30 Human Services Department support staff--are expected to go to union members for a vote this week. If approved by workers, the contracts will come to the county board for adoption July 22. All three contracts call for two percent increases effective Jan.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated. Boots, herself a registered nurse who worked in home health, told the younger woman she shouldn't have done that without someone else observing.
Pierce County Board members have begun reviewing the job description for administrative coordinator and, at the request of one supervisor, pondering if the county even needs one. Finance committee members also voted early last week to pay County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, River Falls, $1,000 a month to serve as interim administrative coordinator. The pay is in addition to his $300 per month stipend for serving as county board chairman and the per diem fees paid for attending board and committee meetings. Curt Kephart resigned May 16 after nearly three years as administrative coordinator.
Nomination papers are being circulated by candidates running for some county offices, district attorney, state assembly, some state senate seats and congress. Prospective candidates have from now to July 8 to collect the signatures they need to have their names on ballots for the General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. Where necessary, primary elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9. District attorneys Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, a Democrat, is seeking re-election.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to begin charging a $200 fee when the county treasurer starts the procedure to take property on which taxes haven't been paid. The fee is intended to cover title company fees and other costs related to the tax deed process. It will be paid by the property owners if they pay off back taxes, or it could be recouped if the property is eventually taken by the county and sold by bid. "We are very behind in the process," Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom told county board members Tuesday. "We haven't done any for many years," Beastrom explained.