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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.
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.