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Off-shore drilling, nuclear energy, the cost of health care, illegal immigration and the value of cooperation were among the topics as Sen. John McCain met with several hundred women Friday morning. The event, hosted by J& L Steel Erectors in Hudson's St. Croix Business Park, was billed as a "women only" event limited to 500 people. But a sprinkling of men attended, and when the 500 seats were filled, at least 100 latecomers stood in back. "I learn more, gain more, from these encounters than you do," said McCain, 71, of his question-and-answer sessions.
St. Croix County Finance Committee members heard updates on building projects July 3 but delayed action until the County Board begins to address related problems or until the committee meets with contractors. The agenda for the July 15 board meeting includes discussion of the County Nursing Home.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated. Boots, herself a registered nurse who worked in home health, told the younger woman she shouldn't have done that without someone else observing.
A local contractor estimates it would cost $255,000 to repair water damage to the foundation, windows and walls of St. Croix County's Health and Human Services building in New Richmond. "On this building, delayed maintenance -- or no maintenance -- has come back to roost," Facilities Manager Art Tobin reported at last week's Finance Committee meeting. He added, "My honest opinion (is) that building has served its life." The 1974 building, which houses offices for the Department of Health and Human Services, is part of the St.
A sluggish economy isn't helping St. Croix County's bottom line as 2007 sales tax receipts fell behind those received for 2006. Finance Director Michelle Pietrick waited until March, after sales tax collected by merchants in December arrived, to ask the County Board's Finance Committee to transfer $189,736 from the General Fund to the sales tax account.
More taxes aren't the answer. Spending must be cut, say local lawmakers as the Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle's administration tackle a biennial budget deficit projected at $652 million. Since last week, Wisconsin legislative leaders and Doyle's administration have started discussions on three disparate proposals to solve the shortfall. In early March the Department of Administration announced an expected biennium shortfall due to lower than estimated tax revenues.
Helen and Wilbur Falkenthal still shudder at what could have happened on a hot August day last year when their 5-year-old autistic granddaughter wandered away from home. The little girl rode her bicycle three blocks to a New Richmond park, where searchers found her bike with the helmet hanging on the handle bar.
St. Croix County Board members got estimates last week on the cost of building a brand new nursing home in New Richmond, but still weren't ready to make a decision to either stay in or drop out of the business. In the motion that ended discussion Jan. 15, the Health and Human Services Committee was directed to get estimates on the cost of remodeling the current 72-bed facility to a 50-bed home on the existing building's first floor. The Board hasn't normally met in February, but the committee was asked to report back in February.
BALDWIN -- The technology-related business sector in west central Wisconsin has seen a steady, though not phenomenal, growth. But the communities need to work together to develop and maximize talent and investment capital, advised a consultant last week. "I heard more about what divides you than what connects you," said Jerry Paytas of GPS Consulting. He said the cities and nine counties in the corridor must develop a regional orientation.
Two New Richmond area members of the St. Croix County Board didn't file for re-election, and no other candidates met the deadlines for filing for those seats. The general election for the 31 seats on the County Board will be held April 1. Neither Chuck Mehls, 1813 Oak Ridge Circle, nor Tom Dowd, 1483 County Road K, filed for election, leaving their District 9 and District 8 seats open. In another New Richmond area district, incumbent Richard King, 1214 County Road H, is being challenged by John N. Heintz, 905 County Road H. In District 11, Frederick Horne, 215 N.