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Cross-country ski lessons set Five more cross country ski lessons will be held this winter at Willow River State Park. The first was conducted last Saturday. Ski enthusiasts meet at the Nature Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about ski waxing, ski equipment and techniques and to do some dry land training. Bring your ski poles, some sturdy trail shoes and dress for the weather. There will be a $5 fee per lesson or you can become a member of the OWLs for $15 and attend all lessons for free. All levels and abilities are welcome; for ages 13 and up.
Search crews said they got another break over the weekend in their efforts to find Appleton native Christine Boskoff and another mountain climber in China. Last Friday, it was learned that a man from Chendu saw two people who looked like Boskoff and Charlie Fowler on a highway where the search was taking place. Now, rescuers have just finished searching luggage the pair left with a driver after a four-hour ride from Litang, China, in early November. The driver said Boskoff and Fowler were in good health when he left them.
Authorities say David Day, convicted sex offender, wanted out of prison so bad he planned to have five children killed unless the governor granted him a pardon. Day is accused of coming up with a plan to have his 12-year-old victim's mother kidnapped and killed unless the boy recanted his testimony. When cops got wind of that plot he switched to even more brutal tactics, planning to hire someone to kidnap the boy and his brothers and sisters and impale them unless the governor gave him a pardon and $1 million. Authorities say Day and his brother discussed the plot in code when his brother v
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team is now fourth in both major polls. The Badgers held steady in the new AP media survey released on Christmas Day and they moved up one spot to No. 4 in the coaches' poll from ESPN and USA Today. The Badgers are 12-1 overall, after trouncing Pacific by 36 over the weekend. They'll host Gardner-Webb Wednesday night. The Marquette men moved up one place to 20th in the AP poll, but the coaches dropped them one spot to 22nd. The Golden Eagles are 12-2, after a 20-point rout of Morgan State Friday night.
Carsten and Sally Ellison hope to prevent the kind of abuse that they believe led to their son's death. The parents of 22-year-old James Ellison, who was shot to death at a Hudson mortuary Feb. 5, 2002, have filed a wrongful death suit against the Catholic Diocese of Superior. The complaint alleges that Ellison was killed by Father Ryan Erickson, probably because he saw Erickson shoot his supervisor, mortician Dan O'Connell. It also claims that the Superior Diocese knew about an alleged sexual assault committed by Erickson and never disclosed the information.
Terry Rudd, 58, of New Richmond, WI died suddenly wednesday, December 6, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at the United Methodist Church in New Richmond. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in the Cylon Cemetery in Cylon Township. Memorials are preferred. Beebe Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
A man charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of his girlfriend last summer pleaded innocent during an arraignment hearing Monday afternoon. Peter Gamble Whyte, 50, appeared before Judge Eric J. Lundell in St. Croix County Circuit Court. He has been held in jail on $1 million cash bail. Judge Lundell set a pre-trial conference for Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m.
The Wisconsin women's hockey team is still number-one in this week's poll from U.S. College Hockey On-Line. The defending national champions opened their season last weekend by taking a pair from Quinnipiac at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are 2-and-0, as they open their WCHA campaign on Friday night at home against Saint Cloud State. New Hampshire is second in the new poll. Mercyhurst moved up from fifth place to third.
Gov. Jim Doyle met with Maureen and John Fassbinder in Hudson Monday, who have a personal stake in stem cell research because their daughter Molly lives with diabetes. Doyle discussed the state's $750 million strategy to invest in biotechnology and stem cell research and promised to veto legislation the state legislature is expected to send him next year that would restrict the research. "Wisconsin - the birthplace of stem cell research - is giving millions of families hope that one day diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Juvenile Diabetes may be conquered," Doyle said.
Roy Brown, 72, of Star Prairie and formerly of Roberts, WI died Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. Memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond. Private interment will occur following cremation. Beebe Mortuary assisted with arrangements.