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Wisconsin's job picture is either exciting or lackluster, depending on which political party you believe. Republicans call these "exciting times," after the government's most complete employer survey showed that Wisconsin created 62,000 jobs in Gov.
The community is invited to remember family and friends who have died by attending the annual ADORAY Hospice Memorial Program on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The non-denominational program is being held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 503 County UU, Hudson. Everyone is welcome. ADORAY Hospice takes this time to honor and remember patients who have died on their hospice service during the past year. ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, www.adoray.org , has served patients in St. Croix, Pierce, Western Dunn, and Polk counties since 1995.
The second annual Goliath Challenge, a 5K obstacle race, is Saturday, May 18, at the Badlands Snopark in Hudson to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children. "Last year's inaugural event was a huge success." said race director, Mark Kretschmer. "We raised over $17,000 which equaled 77,273 meals given out through Feed My Starving Children's program.
MADISON -- A Wisconsin conservative group believes it was among those targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. The Rock River Patriots say they've applied twice in the last three years to get a tax-exempt designation and they've never gotten a reply. The group's secretary-treasurer, Marv Munyon of Fort Atkinson, tells WISC TV in Madison that he's spent hours on the phone and online looking for answers.
MADISON -- The state Legislature's finance committee has endorsed only one year of funding for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The panel discussed the agency's proposed two-year budget Thursday after members of another legislative committee hammered WEDC officials with questions about accountability shortcomings raised in a recent audit. The finance panel voted 12 to 4, with Democrats voting no, to grant the job creation agency $59 million in the next fiscal year - $2 million more than this year. The committee withheld the second year's proposed funding of $63 million until
For the first time ever, African-Americans had a higher voting rate than whites in last fall's presidential election, and Wisconsin appeared to have followed the same trend. The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that 66.2% of blacks voted nationally, 1.5% higher than the rate for white voters. The Census Bureau surveyed Americans about their voting and found that 79% of black Wisconsin adults went to the polls, compared to 75% of non-Hispanic whites.
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. The lower house voted 68-26 yesterday in favor of a bill from Neenah Republican Dean Kaufert. It would make recipients in the FoodShare program spend at least two-thirds of their benefits of foods defined by the state as being healthy. The measure now goes to the Senate. All the no votes came from Democrats.
A federal judge said he would not stop preliminary work on the new Saint Croix River bridge near Hudson because of a bidding dispute in Minnesota. C.S. McCrossan is challenging the state's rejection a contract to do approach work for the new bridge and it filed lawsuits in both federal-and state courts. On Monday, Federal Judge Richard Kyle said he would put McCrossan's suit on hold until the case is finished in the state courts. Minnesota officials said McCrossan did not adequately promise it would use enough sub-contractors from minority and female-owned companies.
Officials in Stillwater, Minn., hope to avoid traffic congestion in their downtown by putting new limits on the times a lift bridge to Wisconsin can go up and down to accommodate boats. Under current rules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge can move up to 22 times on weekdays and 21 times on weekends and holidays.
Sustain Hudson members Judy Freund, left, and Stew Erickson show rain barrels that the environmental organization are offering for purchase. Sustain Hudson took over the rain barrel program from St. Croix County Extension. Anyone wanting more information or interested in purchasing a rain barrel should call Freund at (715) 386-9336.