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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.
In a decision released Dec. 23, a Wisconsin Court of Appeals agreed that a Minnesota company has no obligation to pay a Minnesota worker's compensation claim under a policy issued to a Hudson company. The District III Court of Appeals ruling affirms a decision by Judge Eric Lundell in a case brought by Wayne and Dianna Brown, doing business as Sky High Crane Rental, 1214 N.
Most St. Croix County administrators and managers won't get a salary raise in 2009. Instead 157 of them will each get a flat $520 lump sum. The 2008 salary grid will carry over to 2009. The lump sum payment will go to those who are at step 7, the top of their pay grade. The 21 employees who aren't at the top of their pay grades, will get their scheduled step increase. As finance committee members struggled to prepare a balanced 2009 budget and asked departments to look for every spending cut they could find, the issue of pay increases came up.
Two young teams with frail confidence levels met when the New Richmond girls basketball team traveled to Somerset last Tuesday. Both teams had lost two straight games and were in desperate need of some good news. Somerset got its good news, while the New Richmond girls saw their performance drop far below what they'd shown in their first two games of the season. Somerset won last Tuesday's game by a 64-20 score. The game was competitive through the first quarter. Somerset led 11-5 after a quarter, but New Richmond may have had more close-range shots in the opening quarter.
St. Croix County Board minutes will be printed only in the two newspapers with the largest circulations in the county, according to action taken by the county's Finance Committee Dec.
It's too late to pursue legal action for possible faulty design or careless workmanship that may have led to water damage in the walls of the St. Croix County Government Center. Instead Finance Committee members agreed last week to follow a gentler course and ask the design and construction companies to help fix the damage.
The St. Croix County Board has adopted a 2009 budget, but while the tax levy can't change, supervisors were put on notice that at least one department will try to get more money. Property tax levy limits mandated by the state will result in a mill rate of $3.051 per $1,000 of valuation. That means an owner of a $200,000 house will pay a county tax of about 40 cents more than the owner of a house valued at $200,000 paid this year. The total property tax levy will be $26.2 million, an increase of $956,777 over this year.