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Vernon Ellefson likes to stay busy. "I don't like sitting around inside the home," said Ellefson, a retired teacher from the Ellsworth School District. "The hunting seasons are done and I want to stay active and get some fresh air." The 69-year-old's favorite winter activity is ice fishing, something he's done for 60 years. The Illinois native was introduced to ice fishing at age nine by an uncle. He learned how to summer fish even earlier as a grandfather took him cat fishing when he was five-years-old.
A River Falls teenager has been charged with one count of second degree sexual assault, a Class C felony, that is punishable up to either $100,000 or 40 years in prison, or both. John J. Woodcock, 17, 1320 Steeple Dr., has been charged with the act stemming from an incident June 30 in the Town of River Falls. According to the criminal complaint, Woodcock and the victim had known each other for about three years.
One of the oldest clichés out there is that you can't go home again. Sue Odegard is one person who dispels that notion. Odegard, who grew up in the Twin Cities and lived in the Pierce County area for 20 years before moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2004, is back as pastor for Sabylund Lutheran Church, located on County Road J in Lund. "I'm blessed to be back," she said. "It's beautiful here.
A 38-year-old female substitute teacher in the Prescott School District has been suspended and an investigation continues into allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. The situation came to public a month ago when the boy's father sought a restraining order against the woman on May 22. Judge Robert Wing subsequently issued a two-year injunction against the woman on June 4 on the basis of events which allegedly occurred the night of May 17.
Mark C. Holmquist, 18, 744 Oriole Ln., Hudson, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. According to the criminal complaint, the incident dates to November 2006, when a 13-year-old girl allegedly said the two of them had sex in River Falls. As she was first questioned by River Falls police, the girl never said it was Holmquist because she didn't want to "nark" on him. However, she did express concern that he was going to get in trouble. The girl said she knew her perpetrator was 18.
Sarah Wallin, 18, 1330 Sycamore St., River Falls, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. The incident dates to February when River Falls police learned Wallin had given birth to a girl about seven to eight weeks earlier. According to the criminal complaint, Wallin had sex with a then 14-year-old boy, in April 2006.
The one-car accident on Oct. 24 that resulted in three teenage girls being sent to Regions Hospital has claimed its second victim. Natasha E. Weigel, 18, of Baldwin died Saturday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul from complications she suffered as a result of the accident, which occurred near County N and Skyline Drive, just east of Hwy. 65, south of Roberts. Weigel was in the back seat of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Megan Ungar-Kerns, 17, of Spring Valley with Amy Rademaker, 15, of Woodville, the other passenger. According to the accident report provided by the St.