Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will host a Sept. 29 public meeting at St. Joseph Town Hall on the $600 million St. Croix River Crossing bridge project’s bike-and-pedestrian Loop Trail,...
Recently released figures show that St. Croix County is among state leaders in annual Social Security payouts, but it’s one of only three Top-10 counties where the payouts fall short of the local cost of living. St. Croix County ranks third in Wisconsin with a $19,492 average annual Social Security payment per recipient, according to the Smart Asset financial-planning website -- smartasset.com. That compares to an average $20,318 annual cost of living in St. Croix County, the website’s figures show.
There were no loud clashes, tough lines drawn in the sand or heated accusations at last week’s Town of St. Joseph spring election candidate forum. In fact, the 90-minute exchange of ideas was downright cordial at St.
After nine years of fundraising, planning and program development — capped by the debt-free acquisition of a 6.5-acre site in Roberts — the table is finally set for a no-kill St. Croix County animal adoption and education center. Now all the group that wants to build the shelter needs is some big-time donors to boost the critically needed facility into reality. “So many potential donors have told us, ‘Let me know when you get that lead gift, and I’ll sign on,’” said Diana Neubarth, president of St.
Lisa Burns had already gutted through a breast-cancer diagnosis, a radical mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy in 2012. She’d coped with four years of disability after 10 knee surgeries and the onset of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Burns had also done all she could to deal with her grown daughter’s drug problem.
Erickson Oil Products Inc., whose Freedom Valu Center gasoline and convenience stores have been a fixture in the area for nearly 65 years, has been acquired by the Pennsylvania-based CrossAmerica Partners. CrossAmerica Partners is a publically traded, leading wholesale distributor of motor fuels and also leases real estate used in retail motor-fuels distribution. The company’s general partner, CrossAmerica GP LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. The acquisition, which Erick
After 19 years as Hudson’s go-to hub for Honda and Yamaha snowmobiles, motorcycles, four-wheelers and scooters, Mondus Motorsports has new owners, a new name and new digs going up in New Richmond. Regular customers, don’t worry, though: The former owner, Mark Mondus, isn’t going anywhere. He’s now operations manager for the new company, St.
With a light action-item agenda at last week’s St.
The Town of St. Joseph got the ball rolling on private real-estate acquisitions near the River Crossing project at a special meeting of the Town Board last week. No action was taken May 8 as the Town Hall continues to get citizen inquiries about selling property that might qualify for about $500,000 in River Crossing mitigation funding available for St. Joseph land purchases. But board members got their first public look at a 75-acre parcel owned by farmer Eddie Gilstrom, the first St. Joseph resident to come forward.
The St. Joseph Town Board voted recently to sign on with revised county zoning that affects, among other things, the “Ag Residential” category now covering most town properties. The board’s unanimous roll-call decision May 8, however, could be changed in the future as St. Joseph moves forward with a new round of town comprehensive planning while the River Crossing bridge project plays out. The township was under a one-year timeline that ends Sept. 30 for deciding whether to accept St.