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An emergency dispatch center worker and former police chief has announced his candidacy for St. Croix County sheriff. Jim S. Jackson, New Richmond, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Dennis Hillstead, a Republican, for the four-year term. Jackson, 45, currently works as a tele-communicator in the St. Croix County Emergency Dispatch Center. He previously worked in the Eau Claire emergency dispatch center and was police chief for the village of Fairchild.
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The St. Croix County Board gave final approval last week to borrowing $663,274 from the State Trust Fund to help fund several projects. Finance Director Michelle Pietrick said annual payments for the five-year loan will be about $139,000. The interest rate is 4.5 percent. Last month supervisors approved borrowing over $715,000, but have since learned that much won't be needed.
St. Croix County's judges are asking to move up full implementation of a drug court by hiring a coordinator this year. Judge Eric Lundell reported that the county's drug court is up and running.
WAUSAU -- In a decision filed Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals found that a former New Richmond zoning administrator can't be fined for violating the open meetings law because there was no meeting. The appeals panel ruled that it would be "absurd" to require officials such as Wallace Habhegger, the only member of his department, to hold open meetings to discuss the reasoning for denying a building permit.
ELLSWORTH -- A jury heard testimony for five days but deliberated for under 15 minutes before deciding a doctor was not negligent in his treatment of a University of Wisconsin-River Falls student who died of bacterial meningitis. Erik Spindler, 20, a business administration major from Stillwater, Minn., died Nov. 11, 2002, at River Falls Area Hospital. His family later filed a malpractice suit against Dr.
Answers to escalating fuel costs lie in developing alternative energy sources and learning conservation lessons we should have learned two decades ago, said Congressman Ron Kind Friday. He suggested a "new Apollo" effort to make the United States energy independent by 2020. Kind, D-Wisconsin, made time for an interview between lunch with Pierce County officials and attending the inauguration for UW-River Falls Chancellor Don Betz. The congressman also held a town hall meeting in Ellsworth later in the day. "The truth is we don't have a lot of leverage," said Kind of President George W.
The response to the foreclosure lawsuit was handwritten on sheet of lined paper ripped from a spiral notebook. "I don't know what I'm suppose to say except I went through a divorce and my ex-wife went off and left me with the house. I could not afford this on my paychecks. She would not help me pay on the house. I do have the house up for sale. I hope it sells this time." The man and his wife borrowed $97,642 in December 2003 and presently owe $101,405 on this mortgage. He lives at their house in Glenwood City. She now has an out of state address.