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A teenager from Houlton teenager was killed during a snowstorm Thursday, April 18th after he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while westbound on I-94 near Stagecoach Trail near Hwy. 95. The car crossed the median and struck the trailer of an eastbound semi- unit. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Johnathon Pohlen. The driver of the semi, Roger Wilkins, 51, of Eau Claire, received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at 3:05 p.m.
An accident on westbound I-94 near Highway 65 in Roberts blocked the freeway late Thursday afternoon. The accident, involving a semi and two vehicles, happened at about 4:10 p.m. There were no serious injuries in that accident. A fatal accident on I-94 in Minnesota near the Manning Avenue exit also clogged Thursday afternoon eastbound commuter traffic. All westbound lanes of traffic near Roberts were closed, but some vehicles were able to use the shoulder to bypass the incident. There is no immediate information about injuries.
Hudson resident Rob Bignell has released a new book titled "headin' to the cabin." Cabin-goers to Wisconsin's north woods now have available the most complete listing of the region's day hiking trails in the new book. Describing more than 100 trails, the book covers nine Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. Bignell, an avid hiker, is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" guidebooks.
The St. Croix River Association will hold its annual Spring Gathering on May 14. Guest speaker will be local distinguished author, William Souder, who will share highlights of his new biography, "On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson." Published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson's seminal book, "Silent Spring," changed the way we think about the environment and our place in it. Her book became one of the foundational documents of the environmental movement.
The St. Croix Community Development Department has joined with YMCA Camp St. Croix to host the ninth annual Earth Day event, "Soils: Dig It!" The event is Sunday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. A "tunnel" will entice kids to pretend they are earth worms squirming underground. The journey continues winding through "roots" and discovering underground animals. Other hands-on activities include getting dirty in the soil pit, building extravagant and excavating from the earth ancient trilobite "fossils" and treasure eggs.
A nonprofit organization, Wisconsin Northwest Heritage Passage, is sponsoring a day for citizens to visit five local art studios within the St. Croix Valley. The event is Saturday, April 27, beginning at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors will see a variety of demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and snacks. Projects to see include, stained glass, torch work, sewing, quilting, pottery, weaving and much more.
Organizers are seeking participants in the St. Croix County Fair's Battle of the Bands. The Battle is Friday evening, July 19, at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City. Bands will have 20-30 minutes to set-up, perform, and take down. Time slots will be determined by the number of entries received. To enter, a contract must be signed, and mailed with the $30 entry fee to Heather Clark, 2302 Hwy. 46, Deer Park, WI 54007, and postmarked by June 15. Entries will be still accepted until July 15 with a late entry fee of $35 if there is still room available.
Three American presidents lead off this week's roster of books: Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. You could fill libraries with what has already been written by these guys, but leave it to the scholars -- they can always find a niche that's unfilled. Such is the case of Jeffrey Frank's "Ike and Dick" (Simon & Schuster, $30). You have to wonder how these two incredibly diverse personalities got along when they held sway. Subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage," this new book gives lots of answers.
Aaron Schaffhausen, who pleaded guilty to killing his three daughters last July, told the judge this morning that he will not testify in court. The prosecution will now begin to present its case in the trial, which is to determine whether Schaffhausen was legally sane at the time of the killings. Yesterday the defense called its last witness, a clinical psychologist who maintained Schaffhausen was not mentally competent. Schaffhausen, 35, has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted arson in the July 10, 2012 slayings of Amara, age 11; S
All high school-age students from western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota are invited to submit one recent original work in any media -- drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts -- for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run April 27 through May 11 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. All submissions must meet the specified guidelines and be dropped off at The Phipps on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 or 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.