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St. Croix County's non-union employees will be evaluated under a pay-for-performance policy following action by the board of supervisors the morning of Tuesday, Aug.
A man accused in the murder of his three young daughters was bound over for trial in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Judge Scott Needham found probable cause that Aaron Schaffhausen committed a felony and set an arraignment hearing for Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. when he will enter a plea. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of daughters Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecelia, 5, at their River Falls residence. He appeared in an orange jail suit in handcuffs and showed no emotion through the hour and one half hearing.
New Richmond native Don Gillen always wanted to go to law school and had an affinity for accounting. The two interests worked out quite well in the pursuit of his career goals. "I wanted to go to law school as far back as when I was a student in high school," said Gillen, 56, who has taken over the St. Croix County Corporation Counsel position after working 23 years in the department. "I liked accounting and I wanted to finish law school debt free," he said during a conversation in his office last week. He accomplished his mission.
A man charged with murder in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence July 10 made an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court late last week. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5. An autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office said Amara and Sophie died from sharp force injuries to the right side of their necks.
A man accused in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence last Tuesday made his initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5. An autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office said Amara and Sophie died from sharp force injuries to the right side of their necks.
Ellen Denzer, St. Croix County's Planning and Zoning director, started out on a different career path. The Ellsworth native earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from UW-River Falls after graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1980.
Daryl Standafer won a second consecutive term to chair the St. Croix County Board and a new group was sworn into office Tuesday morning April 17 including 12 new supervisors. Standafer, an incumbent, was unopposed in his quest to lead the new board. Incumbent Roger Larson was appointed chair pro-tem to officiate over the nomination.
Thanks to some footwork by local hobbyists, negotiations and public support, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill April 2 that allows home brewers to transport their wares off the premises. The result is good news for Mike Fredricksen, 40, Hudson, an 18-year veteran home brewer and member of the Wisconsin Alliance of Home Brewers who was deeply involved in pushing the bill (Senate Bill 395) along its legislative path. "I am happy for the outcome," Fredricksen said in a telephone conversation Monday.
Beth Pabst, register of deeds, urges property owners in St. Croix County to take advantage of a free service that could alert them to fraud. Pabst's office has teamed with Fidlar Technologies to create the Property Fraud Alert system. It is a free service to property owners.