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BALDWIN - Where there is smoke, there is fire, but out in the fields and meadows, this is not always a bad thing. As the flames race across the field, the fire consumes dead vegetation, invasive species and other harmful plants, leaving a mineral rich coating of ash on soil that is newly exposed to the sun's energy. This will spur the growth of hardy native plants, creating wildlife habitat while making it more difficult for invasive species to gain ground. The key is to make sure the fire stops before it crosses property boundaries.
Supporters of a proposed new bridge across the St. Croix River gathered to celebrate Saturday morning in Stillwater, Minn. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 339-80 on Thursday morning to exempt the proposed new St. Croix River Crossing project from the restrictions of the Federal Wild & Scenic Riverway Act. The U.S. Senate previously approved the same bill on a unanimous vote. The action paves the way for eventual construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River at Stillwater, Minn. and Houlton.
The Eagle Valley Bank location in downtown St. Croix Falls was robbed at about 1:40 p.m. Friday, March 2, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement officials are looking for the robbery suspect, believed to be a white adult female. The woman allegedly entered the bank and demanded money. She is described as being about 5' 4" in height with a thin build. She was wearing a tan, knee-length coat, a white knit hat, dark pants and shoes, dark sunglasses and blue gloves.
Backers of a new bridge over the St. Croix River will get a chance to celebrate recent successes at an event planned for Saturday. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (d-Minn.) and U.s. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) are among the politicians who will converge on the Stillwater bridge from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, to mark the passage of a congressional bill that will allow for the eventual construction of a new four-lane span. On Thursday, the U.S.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 339-80 on Thursday morning to exempt the proposed new St. Croix River Crossing project from the restrictions of the Federal Wild & Scenic Riverway Act. The action paves the way for eventual construction of a new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River at Stillwater, Minn. and Houlton, Wis. The new span will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater lift bridge, which has been deemed obsolete and functionally inadequate for years. The one remaining step in the federal process is a signature from President Barack Obama. According to U.S. Rep.
Interstate 94 was fully reopened at 5:52 p.m. Monday at Roberts after a 100-foot plus stretch of pavement had been temporarily repaired by St. Croix County Highway Department crews and inspectors had pronounced the Hwy. 65 overpass safe for traffic. Firefighters and investigators were at the scene until about 10 a.m., trying to determine what caused a semi- fuel tanker to strike a support on the north side of the overpass, overturn and burn, killing the driver. In a DOT release, Lt.
It was lost but now it is found. A ornate silver chalice believed to have been lost from the St. Thomas Episcopal Church during the 1899 cyclone was recently found in a far corner of a remote storage area in the present day Sts. Thomas & John Episcopal Church, New Richmond. A thorough church cleaning uncovered the chalice, tarnished, but otherwise in good shape.
It's been a nine-month waiting process, but a single-parent household saw their home ownership dream come true this week. Rachael Meyer and her daughters, Kasee, 13, and Brooke, 10, took possession of their newly completed home on Rich River Way following a brief home dedication ceremony Saturday morning. The Meyer home is the fourth of seven Habitat for Humanity expects to build in New Richmond.
Two Somerset sisters face up to 40 years in jail for allegedly sexually torturing a teenage male with a pair of pliers and forcing him to drink urine. Valerie Bartkey, 24, and Amanda Johnson, 17, of Somerset have been charged with second-degree sexual assault by force and misdemeanor counts of battery and damage to property. Johnson is also charged with a misdemeanor count of intimidating a victim. They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the sexual assault felony. The 18-year-old man told police the assault took place on Oct. 1, 2011 in Somerset.
Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk announced this morning that she will run for governor in a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. Falk made the announcement in an email message to supporters. "One million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions in an unprecedented and inspiring show of solidarity and determination: Things are not working here and we must, we can, and we will do better," Falk wrote. She won election four times as county executive in Dane County.