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The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of Transportation announced today (Monday, Oct. 8) that they will accelerate the St. Croix Bridge project by starting construction on the river piers for the bridge foundation in 2013. "We have been working on integrating the results of the load testing to make the project more efficient in terms of managing scope, schedule and budget," said Jon Chiglo, MnDOT project director.
A Town of Eau Galle man was killed Saturday evening in a standoff with sheriff's deputies. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot at least twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22, said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. The sheriff's report said at 7:46 p.m. deputies arrived at 2648 Boston Rd. in response to a 911 call. A woman reported her husband was intoxicated, suicidal and armed with a handgun. McDonnell entered the home brandishing a handgun and ordered her and two teenaged children to leave.
A funeral service for Joseph C. Janisch, rural Ellsworth, who died early Monday, Sept. 17th in a construction accident along I-94 near Menomonie, is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Janisch, a father of four, was a dairy farmer and avid hunter and fisherman. Janisch is being remembered by his family as a loving father who was always willing to help anyone.
For the fifth and final year, western Wisconsin volunteers last week headed out to local lakes to corral and band trumpeter swans. The banding effort was part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources endangered species tracking effort. According to Patricia Manthey, avian ecologist with the Bureau of Endangered Resources, since the trumpeter swan was officially taken off the endangered species list five years ago, the DNR has been monitoring the migratory birds in these parts. But because swans could only be monitored for up to five years after being taken off the list, the end of t
One man is hospitalized following an ultra-light crash at New Richmond Regional Airport Thursday morning, Sept. 13. The New Richmond Police Department, New Richmond Fire and Rescue and New Richmond EMS, along with the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, were dispatched to the shore of Hatfield Lake at about 10 a.m. Thursday. According to Airport Manager Mike Demulling, it appears an ultra-light was attempting to take off from the airport when it failed to gain enough power and crashed into the brush along the shore of the lake. The pilot, Gene Jensen of Hudson, was injured in the crash.
With a light agenda, the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors made quick work of its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Only two resolutions were on the table. First the board passed a measure giving the OK to an application for a 2013 County Conservation Aids Grant by a 16-0 margin. Tim Hood, David Peterson and Ron Kiesler were absent. The St. Croix County Sportsman's Alliance is seeking the grant for a small parking lot in the town of Kinnickinnic near the Kinnickinnic River for greater public access for fishing.
A motorcyclist died as the result of injuries from an accident Sunday night, Sept. 2, near Hammond. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, law enforcement officials were dispatched to the scene along County Road E near 103rd Street at about 10:05 p.m. in St. Croix County. The name of the motorcyclist was released later on Monday.
MADISON - A confirmed case of equine encephalitis in a Polk County horse has state health authorities advising horse owners to get their animals vacinated and take steps to minimize their animals' exposure to mosquitoes. Blood samples from a quarter horse were submitted to Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Aug. 30 and confirmed Friday. Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt, the state veterinarian, issued a warning Aug.
Although the Minnesota Gateway Corridor project has decided to stop at Hudson, and not go all the way into St. Croix County for now, St. Croix County had decided not to let the issue of alternative commuter transportation options get pushed off the table. Clarence "Buck" Malick, St. Croix County Board supervisor and member of the St. Croix County transportation committee, said the county has projected that St.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Croix County deputies were called to a farm accident near 2943 County Road G in the town of Glenwood for a report of a man stuck in a round baler. Glenwood City EMTs and firemen and the deputies freed the man from the baler, but he had sustained fatal injuries as a result of being caught in the farm implement. The victim was identified as Walter Juneau, 47, of Glenwood City.