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A 25-year-old Roberts man died late Thursday, the result of injuries suffered when his car overturned about 11 p.m. near the intersection of Hwy. 12 and Packer Drive. Brandon Beane, 25, 205 W. Pine St., Roberts, was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to Dan Burgess, Roberts police chief. St. Croix County sheriff's deputies responded, along with EMS personnel from New Richmond, Roberts/Warren Fire & Rescue and United Fire. Beane was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 12 when his 2005 Pontiac Sunfire veered into a ditch and rolled onto its roof.
BALDWIN -- A St. Paul man was arrested late Friday night near Baldwin after leading State troopers, St. Croix deputies and Baldwin police on a 12-mile chase that ended in a crash. Richard J. Finnegan, 45, was transported by ambulance to Baldwin Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Finnegan is expected to face charges of OWI- 3rd offense, resisting arrest, fleeing and eduding officers. The State Patrol received a tip of a possible drunk driver on I-94 near milepost 43 in Dunn County.
A fleet of Union Pacific rail vehicles descended on Roberts by highway and rail over the weekend, working long hours Sunday and Monday to improve a stretch of track and two crossings. Equipment included a converted school bus presumably used to shuttle workers to the job site. Work occurring Monday at Roberts is part of $4 million in improvements on 16 miles of track between Hudson and Menomonie that began in early August and is scheduled to be completed by mid December.
Terry Kyle of Glenwood City, Wis. (formerly of Deer Park) shot a huge buck with his bow on Wednesday evening at around 6:15 p.m. The deer was a 17 pt. buck with a 21-inch spread in the inside and it weighed 217 pounds field dressed.
Chris Stevens of New Richmond has broken the world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown. He delivered his huge pumpkin to the second annual Stillwater, Minn. Harvest Fest on Saturday for an official weigh-in. His pumpkin made it to the scale at about 2 p.m. When the official weight was announced, 1,810.5 pounds, a huge cheer rose from the gathered crowd. Stevens pumped his fists into the air.
A recently opened business in downtown New Richmond offers its customers an alternative to discarding lead acid batteries. Utilizing its unique process, Valley Battery Care LLC is able to reclaim, re-energize and reuse many under-performing or dead lead acid batteries, keeping them from needlessly entering the recycling waste stream. According to company president Jerry Hallstrom, of River Falls, research shows the largest cause of lead acid battery failure is plate sulfation.
St. Croix County Public Health has confirmed that last week a bat tested positive for the rabies virus in St. Croix County. The bat was found in a pet water dish by two young girls at a home on 30th Street, northeast of Houlton. One girl was scratched while playing with the bat and the other it was undetermined if a scratch occurred; both were advised to start the shot series for rabies prophylaxis. Several pets at the residence have also been quarantined due to possible exposure to the bat. St.
James Armagost, former youth hockey and softball coach, was sentenced to six years in prison and eight years of extended supervision Thursday in St. Croix County Court. Armagost was accused of repeated sexual assault of the same child after it was discovered that he had intimate contact with a former hockey and softball player who was 14 years old at the time of the crime. A second felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime was dismissed with the previous plea agreement.
St. Croix County Emergency Management officials are urging flood victims to report damage related to the recent storms and to take important health and safety precautions. "The full impact of the flood is still being determined," said Casey Swetlik, director of Emergency Support Services. "Citizens should know that numerous agencies are working together to provide support for those affected." The county has set up a flood hotline for victims.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14, a storm hit and caused substantial damage to a newer housing development about a mile northwest of Hammond. According to St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead, the damage from the storm began at County Road TT and traveled north for about two miles. About 30 homes were damaged in some way, with three receiving significant damage. "There were no injuries that we're aware of," he said. Angela Richter, who lives at 1604 86th Avenue, was running her daycare when the storm hit. "We were eating lunch in the kitchen," said Richter.