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When Kitty Rhoades was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, she was asked to fill out a form listing five legislative committees she wanted to serve on. She wrote "Finance" five times. A Republican Party leader called for clarification, saying, "Half the group said you didn't understand (how to fill out the form). The other half said you did." Rhoades said she definitely knew what she was doing. As a "mature freshman," she didn't have time to wait for other people to retire before she got the assignment she wanted. Four years ago, the St.
ELLSWORTH -- A $10,000 grant from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation will play a major role in funding the Pierce County Public Health Department's dental clinic. The money will allow the clinic to offer more services. Over half of the children seen at the Preventive Dental Health Clinic need restorative work such as fillings, said Public Health Director Caralynn Hodgson.
ELLSWORTH -- On Jan. 2, Pierce County's coroner will become its medical examiner with a sizable increase in pay. Incumbent Coroner Sue Dzubay has lobbied supervisors to go from an elected coroner system to a hired medical examiner to assure that qualified people are handling death investigations. The County Board voted in March to switch to a medical examiner.
ELLSWORTH -- The Pierce County Board voted this week to remove a moving expense allotment from Administrative Coordinator Curt Kephart's contract, to pay him $250 a month for in-county travel and other expenses and to clarify that he is supervised by the Finance and Personnel Committee. The $1,000 moving expense allowance was removed because Kephart, who lives in Rochester, doesn't intend to move to Pierce County.
An area woman convicted of second-degree reckless homicide in the death of her infant daughter may now have more children without fear of legal repercussions. Last Wednesday, Judge James Duvall of Buffalo County lifted a restriction on having babies for Andrea L.
Nancy Ortwerth had hardly gotten over the high of being elected Pierce County sheriff when she and her fiancé flew off to Jamaica and got married. On Nov. 7 county voters chose the 40-year-old DARE officer over incumbent Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen by a vote of 7,832 to 6,108. On Nov. 25, she and Jason Hove married. "It's still hard to believe," she said of her election. "I'm doing wonderful -- I think," sheriff-elect Hove said Friday, reacting to her whirlwind month. Defeating an incumbent isn't easy.
ELLSWORTH -- After a little tweaking Tuesday morning, the Pierce County Board adopted its 2007 budget, raising the county's property tax levy to the state-limited cap of $12,875,705. That total includes almost $12.3 million for general operations, $400,000 for county library and $200,000 for county aid for bridges. The county has no debt so no money was budgeted for debt service. Each county's property tax cap is set by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue based on the value of new construction.
According to an appeals court decision released Tuesday morning, Pierce County authorities did nothing wrong when they didn't charge an Ellsworth boy with five counts of theft until after his 17th birthday. The appeals court found there was no intentional delay and upheld the conviction of Nicholas R. Ingli, Ellsworth. Last December Ingli was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. His probation was revoked Oct. 25 and he was sent to jail for nine months. Thefts occurred at five Pierce County houses between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, 2005. On Jan.
When funding is tight, community involvement, teamwork and good communication help law enforcement officers get the job done, says Pierce County sheriff candidate Nancy Ortwerth. She said she has the background and the personality to develop those resources. "Our personalities are totally different, and I think the way I deal with people would be a big asset to the department," said Ortwerth of her race against incumbent Everett Muhlhausen. Ortwerth said she will work at improving communications, cooperation and morale in the department and in the community in general. "We need help fr
In the past 10 years, Ron Kind has learned that a willingness to listen and the ability to identify shared interests, despite party affiliations, are among the skills that make a good congressman. "Democracy is a lot of hard work. That's what I've learned," said Kind, 43, during an interview last week. "It requires a lot of listening." Kind, a Democrat from La Crosse, has represented Wisconsin's Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives since he was first elected in 1996. "I think we need much more listening in Washington across party lines," he said.