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A 10-year-old land development dispute will end with a phone call today (Thursday). Rather than take their chances with a jury, Pierce County Board members voted at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Trumpeter Development LLC. The case involves an 817-acre development on a bluff bordering the Mississippi and Big River. Trumpeter litigation has continued since February 1999 when Pierce County's Land Management Committee denied approval of 13 certified survey maps that would have allowed Trumpeter to develop the last 41 of 125 residential lots.
RIVER FALLS -- Most college graduates celebrate earning their degree by updating their resumes. Bob Hughes took on another task -- collecting the hundreds of signatures needed to get his name on the ballot for Wisconsin Assembly. Hughes, of River Falls, has filed as a Republican candidate to challenge Republican Kitty Rhoades for the 30th District Assembly seat she has held for 10 years. The primary election will be Sept. 9. "I don't want to be a politician.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County Board members approved a recommendation this week to hire a full-time administrative coordinator for the county. After Curt Kephart resigned as administrative coordinator in May, some County Board members questioned whether the position was necessary. A subcommittee examined the issue and concluded that a coordinator was needed, said Supervisor Ron Lockwood, River Falls.
ELLSWORTH -- Judge Robert Wing dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Pierce County should pay for damage caused when heavy traffic was diverted around a fatal crash and over Martell Township roads. At the conclusion of a July 8 hearing, the judge agreed with an insurance company lawyer who argued that Wisconsin law gives the county immunity from this type of claim. A jury trial set for Sept. 25-26 was canceled. Following a fatal crash Jan.
Wisconsin Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades will face another Republican in the primary, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind will be in a three-way race in November, and eight candidates are vying for the Assembly seat held by Barbara Gronemus, who is retiring. First-term Assembly members Ann Hraychuck, District 28, and John Murtha, District 29, will also be opposed in November. State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, the 10th District Republican from River Falls, is challenged by Democrat Alison H.
A former Pierce County man who shot his wife to death in front of their teenage son and a domestic abuse agency worker 21 years ago wants out of prison. Richard John Kusch, 65, who was sentenced to a life term in May 1987, claims his conduct during two decades as an inmate has been exemplary.
ELLSWORTH -- Although Pierce County supervisors haven't given their approval, the county's new veteran services officer has developed a proposal for an expanded memorial on the front lawn of the courthouse. As groundskeepers prepare for the replacement and repair of sidewalks, he agreed to develop a plan for the front lawn, said VSO David Till. The plan calls for the addition of an eternal flame, moving the five stone tablets that list the county's war dead to the opposite side of the existing sidewalk, and adding two more flagpoles, two picnic tables and more sidewalk. Till said the pro
RIVER FALLS -- When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special-needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated.
ELLSWORTH -- Pierce County Board members have begun reviewing the job description for administrative coordinator and, at the request of one supervisor, pondering if the county even needs one. Finance Committee members also voted Monday evening to pay County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, of River Falls, $1,000 a month to serve as interim administrative coordinator.
A 55-year-old Pepin County man died Friday when a farm tractor rolled over on him. Daniel Black of Arkansaw was pronounced dead at the scene by Pepin County Deputy Coroner Christy Rundquist. The accident occurred in a farm field just outside Pierce County at 5:10 p.m. Black was operating a tractor equipped with a front-end loader, according to the Pepin County Sheriff's Department. The loader was carrying construction debris across land with a moderate slope.