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A fire destroyed the home of Pat Rogers, 4 Fieldstone Bay, at about 9 p.m. Friday night. The home is located in the Red Cedar Canyon development area. Also lost in the blaze were two vehicles (including a Hummer) and a boat and trailer in the garage. According to reports, an occupant of the house came home Friday night and discovered the fire in the garage. It quickly spread and engulfed the entire structure. The Hudson Fire Department and Hudson Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire. For more information see the Sept. 14 issue of the Star-Observer.
SUPERIOR - One person died Friday morning in a two-car accident on southbound U.S. Hwy. 53 and County Road B in the town of Beaverbrook near Superior. Dead is Charles G. Moe, 59, whose place of residence was not immediately available from the Washburn County Sheriff's Department. Moe was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Mark L. Anderson, 55, of Hudson. They were driving westbound on County B and crossed Hwy. 53, Washburn County investigators said, failing to yield to a southbound vehicle driven by Lina Paffel of Spooner.
Caroline Hall, 91, of New Richmond, WI died Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at The Deerfield in New Richmond. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 Friday, SEPT. 8 at the First Baptist Church in New Richmond. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Arrangements are with Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond.
It was learned this week that Fred Havenick, owner of Hudson's St. Croix Meadows dog track, died Wednesday, June 21, in Miami. Havenick's corporation still owns the now-vacant dog track property in Hudson. Havenick, 62, suffered from lymphoma. Havenick, owner of Flagler dog tracks in Miami and Bonita Springs (Naples-Fort Myers), Fla., formed Croixland Properties and opened St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson in June 1991. He also owned a track in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The former Hager City man convicted of robbing the Red Wing Credit Union in 2001 in Red Wing, Minn., received a fair trial, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday. Mark Samples, 42, argued he deserved a new trial because the prosecutor used improper methods to establish his sanity during the heist. The divided three-judge panel ruled against Samples. The court questioned the prosecution's actions but insisted Samples's trial was a fair one. Judge Myron Bright dissented. "...Samples served his government well as a member of the armed forces," Bright wrote.
A Wisconsin researcher says the decline of some tiny but important species continues in the Great Lakes. There have already been some signs that zooplankton and other invertebrates are declining in the lakes. Now, University of Wisconsin Superior has the first batch of numbers collected for a special project with the Environmental Protection Agency. During springs and summers from 2001 to 2005, a university team traveling on an EPA research vessel collected biological samples in all five lakes.
Once again St. Croix County leads the state in growth percentage according to the annual population estimates released Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The January 2006 population estimates show that St. Croix County's population has jumped 23.5 percent since 2000, adding14,873 new residents. Two other counties in the region also made the top five in the state in percentage of growth. Polk County was number five and saw a jump of over 9 percent and at number four was Chippewa County with an increase over 10 percent.
The family of murder victim Dan O'Connell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against all 194 U.S. Catholic bishops demanding that the names of predatory priests in America be made public. The action was prompted after St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell ruled last October that there was probable cause to believe that O'Connell and James Ellison were murdered by the late Father Ryan Erickson after O'Connell confronted the priest with allegations of sexual abuse and other criminal behavior with minors. Erickson committed suicide in December 2004 after being questioned by police about the murders.
A Hudson man has been charged in connection with the death of a man more than three years ago in a Dunn County traffic accident. Brent R. Boots, 27, 335 Casperson Drive, was charged with one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. A criminal complaint was filed in Dunn County Circuit Court July 24. The charge stems from a single-car accident early June 7, 2003, on Hwy. 64 near County F that caused the death of Chad M. Week. Boots is accused of driving a 2002 Dodge Stratus at more than 100 mph when he hit a cement culvert, and Week was ejected from the vehicle.
William Boge, 61, of Baldwin and formerly of New Richmond, WI died Sunday, August 6, 2006 at his home in Baldwin. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 11 at the United Methodist Church in New Richmond. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond is assisting the family with arrangements.