Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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Because another Republican is challenging the incumbent, St. Croix County will hold a local-level primary Aug. 9 for its county treasurer position. Timothy Schroeder, New Richmond, made the June 1 filing deadline to challenge incumbent Treasurer Laurie Noble. Both are Republicans. There are no Democratic Party candidates for treasurer. Schroeder, who holds an associate degree in financial accounting, moved to New Richmond eight years ago. He has more than 10 years of accounting experience.
Last week a state appeals court threw out a St. Croix County conviction of a man arrested for walking near a Somerset school while carrying a loaded semi-automatic rifle on...
The difference in meaning between “shall” and “may” meant a two-week delay in populating two of the St. Croix County board’s lead committees. Supervisors spent most of their April 19 meeting electing members to four standing committees. But after that meeting, the results were questioned because a few supervisors had voted for fewer members than the available seats on the committee being selected.
For the third time, the District III Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected an appeal from a New Richmond man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to two counts of possession of child pornography. In the most recent appeal, Anthony Miller, 48, acting as his own attorney, asked to withdraw his guilty pleas, alleging that his lawyer in earlier appeals failed to directly raise the issue of whether there had been evidence to support his conviction. In December 2008, Miller was charged with one count of possessing child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
In their post-election meeting April 19, St. Croix County supervisors re-elected Chairman Roger Larson and Vice Chairman Dave Ostness and elected members to four standing committees. Larson, Star Prairie, has been on the board since April 2008 and has served as chairman since April 2014. Ostness, River Falls, has been on the board for two terms. He has been vice chairman since April 2014. The officers’ new terms are for two years. There were no other nominees for those two positions. Supervisors also elected the following members to the board’s standing committees:
Earlier this month, St. Croix County supervisors thought they had worked out a temporary patch for a conflict over funding for municipal libraries. They were wrong. Last week, county attorney Scott Cox told Administration Committee members a 1993 Wisconsin attorney general’s opinion indicates using the county contingency fund to pay five other libraries money they had expected to receive from the Hudson Area Joint Library is not allowed under state law.
Although they have asked to borrow $5 million from the State Trust Fund, St. Croix County supervisors voted 15-3 to limit the draw on that loan to $3,707,099. The resolution adopted March 1 says the draw and another $50,000 from the jail improvement fund will be spent this way: $68,530 court teleconferencing equipment; $2,298,247 for the second phase of an upgrade to the 911 system; $240,822 for remodeling for a day-reporting center at the jail; $1,142,000 for a jail upgrade; and $7,500 for a forensic computer for the Sheriff’s Department.
St. Croix County cut slightly the amount it charges work-release prisoners for electronic monitoring and will begin billing other counties for the use of its computer forensic lab.
Though they have asked to borrow $5 million from the State Trust Fund, St. Croix County supervisors voted 15-3 to limit the draw on that loan to $3,707,099. The resolution adopted March 1 says the draw and another $50,000 from the jail improvement fund will be spent this way: ● $68,530 court teleconferencing equipment; $2,298,247 for the second phase of an upgrade to the 911 system; ● $240,822 for remodeling for a day-reporting center at the jail; ● $1,142,000 for a jail upgrade; and ● $7,500 for a forensic computer for the sheriff’s department.
Although the dispute is not resolved, the St. Croix County Board put a Band-Aid on a library funding issue that pits the county’s largest municipalities against one another. County Board members voted Tuesday morning to pay the Hudson Area Joint Library 100 percent of its cost of serving rural patrons in 2015 and to ask the Administration Committee to use contingency funds to pay the county’s other libraries the amount they are owed for serving residents of the towns of Hudson and St. Joseph.