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A former River Falls man failed to convince appeals court judges that allowing Pierce County jurors to re-watch a videotape of a child's testimony prejudiced his case. Last week, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed Robert H. Magee's conviction of first-degree sexual assault of a child and rejected his request for a new trial. On March 10, 2006, a Pierce County jury found Magee guilty of assaulting the 10-year-old child in July 2004.
If you're driving in Ellsworth the next couple of weeks, are stopped by an officer for any traffic offense, and anyone in the car isn't belted in, someone will get a ticket. From May 19 through June 1, the seven Ellsworth officers on duty will join law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the annual "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement, said Sgt. Eric Ladwig. "I've witnessed very serious accidents where people have walked away because they were wearing seatbelts," said Ladwig.
After less than three years on the job, Curt Kephart is resigning as Pierce County administrative coordinator. Details of the severance agreement were being worked out Friday afternoon. The Finance and Personnel Committee is set to meet in closed session Monday evening to consider the resignation and appoint an interim administrative coordinator. "I don't have any (plans for the future) right now," said Kephart, 56, Friday morning. "I'm going to seek other employment opportunities." He said the resignation would be effective May 20.
Although the office won't be moved until mid-summer, the Pierce County Board voted last week to formally establish the county's Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC). The center, which will for now be in the Office on Aging on the street-level floor of the County Office Building, will continue its services to the elderly and will assist adult clients, elderly or not, as they explore the need for services for persons with disabilities. Conference Rooms 1-3 on the lower level of the office building will be remodeled, and the ADRC will be moved there once that is done. Kathy Hass, the
The Pierce County Board has approved land descriptions that will allow the highway department to go ahead with reconstruction on CTH U. A new bridge will be built after work begins this year.
ELLSWORTH - Paul Barkla, River Falls, was elected to his second two-year term as chairman of the Pierce County Board when newly-elected supervisors met to reorganize April 22. He had no opposition for the position. Jeff Holst, town of Diamond Bluff, was elected vice chairman, filling the seat formerly held by Kirstin Schilling, who did not run for re-election to the board. Jerry Kosin, town of Oak Grove, was re-elected second vice chairman. Four new members were seated on the 17-member board.
Saturday, a Pierce County sportsman's club accepted a man's challenge to preserve and protect 141 acres and the mile-long stretch of trout stream that flows through it. About 150 people gathered at noon to celebrate the donation from the estate of Herbert P. Koch, formerly of Hastings, Minn., to the Eau Galle-Rush River Sportsman's Club. "We just feel it's the most beautiful land we could possibly be in," said Koch's niece, Patty Stoneberg, Hastings.
More taxes aren't the answer. Spending must be cut, say local lawmakers as the Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle's administration tackle a biennial budget deficit projected at $652 million. Since last week, Wisconsin legislative leaders and Doyle's administration have started discussions on three disparate proposals to solve the shortfall. In early March the Department of Administration announced an expected biennium shortfall due to lower than estimated tax revenues.
The Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee is recommending 2.5 percent increases for three elected officials for each of the four years of their new terms. The county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds positions are up for election this fall. New terms will start Jan. 1, 2009. The current salary for each of the jobs is $50,121.
A UW-River Falls student and the UW-RF veterans service officer is Pierce County's new veterans service officer. David R. Till, a sergeant first class in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, will start work in Ellsworth Monday. He has been working on a business/ engineering degree at UW-RF and has been the university's VSO since 2006. Till graduated from Hill-Murray High School in 1995, studied manufacturing engineering at UW-Stout from 1996 to 1998 and completed a primary leadership development course at Ft.