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This was not the news supporters of a new river crossing at Stillwater wanted to hear. U.S District Judge Michael Davis on Thursday issued an opinion to stop the proposed new bridge over the St. Croix River. after considering the matter since Sept. 14, 2009. "I think it's a very disappointing decision," said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on Thursday afternoon. He added he's already been on the telephone with area leaders about the ruling and he's committed to working with local authorities to push the bridge plan forward. "We're going to work very hard to fix this," he said.
Students from Ellsworth, Prescott, River Falls and New Richmond enjoyed a day of music at New Richmond Middle School on Feb. 17 during a large group festival organized by Rich Gregerson, band director. The large group festival gave students an opportunity to play contest pieces and get feedback from their peers.
The numbers are in for the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. The kettles collected about $96,000, said Duana Bremer, director of the Salvation Army of St. Croix County. That's about $4,000 more than last year's $92,000 total. The goal for St. Croix County was $100,000. Early on it looked like the campaign might be in for a struggle, Bremer said. "I was really nervous because we weren't doing as well as we could've or as well as I thought we should've," said Bremer.
The soldiers with Company B, 1-128th Infantry unit arrived on U.S. soil Tuesday afternoon following almost a year of active duty. The New Richmond National Guard unit was among several who landed at Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wis. at around 1:30 p.m. The troops filed out of the commercial airplane and headed to waiting family and friends who cheered as they approached. The soldiers were allowed about an hour with those in attendance, then they regrouped and headed to Fort McCoy near Tomah, Wis.
Services for Lee Milligan, St. Croix County agricultural extension agent who died Sunday evening, are set for 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15th at Faith Community Church in Hudson. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin and at 10 a.m., Friday at the church.
Nearly 300 Soldiers from Wisconsin Army National Guard's 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will return to Wisconsin Tuesday (Jan. 12) from Iraq following a year-long deployment. Tuesday's flight will include additional members of the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Eau Claire and Abbotsford; Company B, New Richmond and Rice Lake; and Company D, River Falls. These Soldiers are the third wave of 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team troops returning from Iraq. The entire brigade will return to Wisconsin in stages throughout January.
The Green Bay Packers will start practicing today for Sunday's home game against the San Francisco 49'ers. The Packers are 5-4 after their upset win over Dallas. The Green Bay Press-Gazette says corner Charles Woodson will be named the NFC's defensive player of the week today. He had an interception and two forced fumbles which helped preserve the Pack's 10-point win over the Cowboys.
You'll have two more chances to see Brandon Jennings' 55-point performance against Golden State. Fox Sports Wisconsin will replay last Saturday night's Bucks' win over the Warriors at 7 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Jennings broke a Bucks' single-game scoring record for rookies and it was the most by any rookie in the NBA since Earl Monroe in 1968. The re-broadcast will not include segments from the first quarter, or the halftime show. Jennings did not score in the first quarter, but he exploded for 29 in the third period as the Bucks got by the Warriors 129-125.
Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema says three of his players should be considered for the Big Ten's annual awards. He says running back John Clay is a legitimate candidate for the league's offensive player of the year and the same is true for senior O'Brien Schofield as the top defensive player, and linebacker Chris Borland as the freshman of the year. Clay, a sophomore, leads the Big Ten in rushing with 112 yards a game and he has the most touchdowns on the ground with 12.
Officials will meet again today to work on reducing the delays in approving food stamp benefits in Wisconsin. The state says almost two-thirds of the 45,000 low-income people applying for Food-Share cards from mid-June through mid-October had to wait longer than the 30-day limit for their requests to be processed. And in Milwaukee County alone, 1,400 people have had to wait more than three months. The problem was first made public two weeks ago. Now, Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force says almost $12 million in FoodShare benefits were left undelivered from May through October.