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After failing to reach a consensus on two new proposals from private businesses, St. Croix County supervisors voted Tuesday to get estimates on the cost of building a new county-owned nursing home and an assisted living facility. Those numbers are expected to be presented to the Board Jan. 15. The county provides tax levy support for the nursing home, which is located in New Richmond.
Adding a fourth circuit judge in St. Croix County means adding a fourth court -- complete with staff and equipment. Current judges met with the County Board Finance Committee last week to assure the county is on track to furnish chambers and hire a judicial assistant before the fourth judge is seated Aug. 1. The plan is to have a new judicial assistant in the office by July 1 to get the judge's office and calendar organized, said Judge Scott Needham.
If Wisconsin lawmakers and citizens learned anything from the last budget process, it's that it must be changed, said Sen.
Although votes weren't expected until Tuesday, members of both parties seemed fairly satisfied with a state budget agreement announced last Friday. "We have achieved a workable compromise that Wisconsin families can afford," said Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, taking a short break from a conference committee meeting Monday afternoon. In a press release sent out Friday evening, Gov.
Last week the St. Croix County Finance Committee rejected a request from VFW Post 10818 for a donation of a parcel of land in New Richmond. VFW Building Committee Chairman John Heintz asked county supervisors to donate a portion of the land that was cut off from the main part of Health Center property when Highway 64 was reconstructed. He asked for a 400-foot-long parcel along Fourth Street. Heintz said the VFW, which has no building of its own, has fund-raisers from time to time, giving 90 percent of the proceeds back to the community.
The co-chair of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance is less than optimistic that the governor's plan to call the full Legislature into session today will solve the state's budget stalemate. Seven days ago, Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would call a special session Oct. 15 on a "compromise budget bill." But, said Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, Republicans had already offered a bill that was a true compromise and they haven't seen Doyle's new bill. "We go in Monday for a bill we haven't seen. We don't have it," said Rhoades Friday afternoon.
A business couldn't find a better place to do business, advised a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the loyalty marketing field, speaking at the I-Q Corridor Investors' Symposium at UW-River Falls last week. In terms of pragmatism, people and potential, companies couldn't choose a better home base than the upper Midwest -- in particular Wisconsin and Minnesota, said Mark Lacek. This first-time I-Q Corridor symposium -- organized by the Wisconsin Technology Council -- brought together potential investors, entrepreneurs, higher education representatives and economic development gro
Although Christian Community Home of Hudson has pulled out of the running, two other businesses have shown preliminary interest in taking over the St.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee received and approved the first request for use of a new policy that allows county employees to donate unused paid time off (PTO) to co-workers. The policy was adopted by the County Board last March in response to workers asking to give some of their time to jailer David Dykes, whose infant son had a malignant tumor removed and was treated with chemotherapy. Dykes has now made a request and will be allowed to tap the PTO pool as fellow workers offer to donate time to him.
St. Croix County Medical Examiner Casey Swetlik has submitted his resignation, but the offer has been put on hold while County Board members work out disagreements over the appropriateness of an employee having a second job. Swetlik, who has been medical examiner on a contract basis for two years, was hired in April as director of the county's Emergency Communications Center. Prior to that, he worked as the center's assistant director.