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ELLSWORTH -- In a series of motions that brought one County Board member to obscenity and some department administrators to consternation, on Wednesday Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee approved a 2007 budget that keeps the county under its state-mandated levy cap. An Oct. 4 letter from the Wisconsin Department of Administration notified the county the cap is $12,875,705 -- about $15,000 more than the amount announced in late August. The budget proposal will be introduced at the Oct. 24 County Board meeting. Discussion and adoption are expected at the Nov.
A drunken driving conviction in his home state will be counted, and a Wisconsin appeals court upheld a Pierce County court's finding that a Minnesota man is guilty of operating while intoxicated, second offense. The decision was filed Oct. 3 by Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals. Matthew G. Devinny, 25, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., was charged with drunken driving after being arrested by River Falls police Nov. 20, 2005. In January of this year, Devinny filed a motion to attack a five-year-old drunk driving conviction in Minnesota.
ELLSWORTH -- Over three months after 2007 budget work began in earnest, Pierce County administrators still have more than $1.3 million to cut from department requests. The Human Services Department is proposing a 53-percent increase in its budget and that doesn't take into account another $906,400 needed to cover the department's deficits for this year and last, according to Finance Director Julie Brickner. She said the budget turned in by the Sheriff's Department reflects a 3-percent cut, but the sheriff is asking for increases in personnel, which aren't included in the budget.
ELLSWORTH -- A minister who has served churches in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Ohio is the new pastor at Zion Covenant Church. The Rev. Corey Johnsrud, 37, and his wife and children moved to Ellsworth a little over a week ago. "I've been impressed with the welcome that we received and the warmth and the excitement about reaching out to Pierce County," Johnsrud said. A native of Montevideo, Minn., Johnsrud did his undergraduate work at North Park University and attended North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. e was ordained in 1997. The Ellsworth church is his fourth call.
Two men awaiting trial on burglary charges were arrested last Thursday apparently living in a camper parked in the cattle barn at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. Cody C. Muhlhausen and Timothy Joseph "T.J." Degroat, both 19, were charged Friday with felony bail jumping, entry into a locked building and misdemeanor theft.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County will takes up to $10,000 from the $1 million Park Development Fund to help build a dam at Nugget Lake Park. The money will pay a third of the $25,250 cost the earthen dam. Of that, an estimated $8,416 will come from the development fund and the rest from the Land Conservation Department's budget. The Park Development Fund has a balance of $1,094,902. That money was collected over the years as land in the county was sold for new houses.
ELLSWORTH -- After a five-month delay, the Pierce County Board has adopted amendments to its St. Croix Riverway zoning code. The action revises county law to comply with changes the state made to Chapter NR 118 of Wisconsin's Administrative Code. The state changes were finalized in the summer of 2004. Pierce County's amendments came to the board in February.
Ben Plunkett says he brings a different perspective to the Pierce County Board and its Law Enforcement and Human Services committees. It's hard to argue with that. Plunkett has been found guilty of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, drunken driving and having sexual relations with an underage girl. Although he pleaded out a meth charge, he admits he was using the drug. A judge slapped him with a 30-day jail term for contempt of court.
After he submitted the first 368 signatures he had painstakingly collected on his nomination papers, Chip DeNure was told they would be rejected on a technicality. A state elections official said the signatures were all invalid because the date DeNure wrote at the top of the form was Sept. 12, the day of the primary election, not Nov. 7, the day of the general election. "I just wanted to crawl under the bed," said DeNure, 57, a Wisconsin probation agent on mandatory leave as he campaigns against 10-year U.S.
ELLSWORTH -- Despite doubts raised five months ago, a proposal to amend the St. Croix Riverway Ordinance will come back to the Pierce County Board unchanged since it was tabled in February. Both the Land Management Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee voted again to forward the amendments, with no changes, to the full County Board, which will meet at 7 p.m.