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St. Croix County, its insurer and a company that provided medical services to inmates have agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a 28-year-old man who died in jail. An out-of-court settlement was reached with the family of Brandon Lee Hessler, New Richmond, who died March 18, 2007, three days after being booked into the county jail in Hudson. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb approved the agreement last Thursday. The settlement calls for St. Croix County and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company to pay $812,500 and for Health Professionals Ltd.
Despite objections that one district is too large and "illogically shaped" and over one supervisor's adamant objections, the St. Croix County Board adopted a new redistricting plan Tuesday. The plan implements a citizen vote to cut the number of county board members from 31 to 19.
Contracts are being finalized and work on the roof, exterior walls and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the St.
St. Croix County residents who are either uninsured or who have high out-of-pocket payments can soon get a discount card for prescription drugs. People who use the cards, which will be free to all county residents, can save an average of 22 percent of the retail cost of prescription drugs, according to the National Association of Counties. NaCo has contracted with Caremark PCS Health, a pharmacy benefit management service, to offer the cards to member counties. "I know of no other program like this," said St.
A St. Croix County man has apparently learned it's a good idea to wear underwear if you're risking arrest. He also has a better understanding of what "strip search" means, and he won't be getting the $25,000 he wanted as compensation for embarrassment and humiliation. At the request of the parties, Dunn County Judge Rod Smeltzer dismissed a lawsuit filed in May 2008 by Todd R. Bottolfson, 30, New Richmond, against St. Croix County and its insurance company. "This case was just voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff," said Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman Thursday.
A former pediatric trauma nurse, a state deputy superintendent, a Principal of the Year and two professors are the candidates in next week's primary election for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction. The statewide vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 17, will trim the number of candidates from five to two. Those two will proceed to the April 7 general election during which one will be elected to a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who has headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. These are the candidates: * Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago.
Going from 31 to 19 members on the St.
Sentencing repeat drunk drivers is a challenge, say local judges, partly because they can't be sure which penalty will work and partly because they'd like to use some alternatives sooner. "For the most part, you're making a lot of these decisions, and there's no way of knowing if you're making the right one," said Robert Wing, who has been Pierce County judge for 24 years. Wing knows the anguish of sentencing a drunk driver responsible for taking a life. With the family of the victim on one side of the courtroom and family and friends of the offender on the other, the atmosphere is emotiona
First a willing seller and no buyer. Then a potential buyer and no willing seller. Two years ago, despite extensive advertising, St. Croix County got no bids on an 18-acre parcel cut off from other "county farm" property by Highway 64 construction. Last week a real estate agent and an attorney met with the St.