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A 30-year-old woman and 22-year-old man -- both from Red Wing, Minn. -- were identified Sunday as those who died in a head-on crash and subsequent fire that occurred late Saturday night on Highway 63 near the Pierce-St. Croix county line. Traci Lee Nannette Hardy, 30, and Scott Mikael Kull, 22, the passenger and driver in separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:53 p.m. crash, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Hardy was a passenger in a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Trent B.
Toni A. Medrano's relatives blame a national talk show host in connection with the Cottage Grove woman's decision to burn herself to death. Police reports released recently indicate that Medrano, the mother who was criminally charged in her newborn son's suffocation death last year, made suicidal statements to relatives hours before she lit herself on fire at a St.
The State Bar of Wisconsin Volunteer Lawyers Program and the St. Croix Valley Bar Association are sponsoring a free legal clinic to provide general legal information to the community on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Pierce County Community Room (next to Pierce County Sheriff's Department) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pierce County Clerk of Circuit Court's office at (715) 273-3531 or Phil Helgeson at Heywood, Cari & Anderson, S.C., at (715) 262-5551. No appointment is necessary
The Ellsworth Fire Department was called to the Beverly J. Prichard property, N6102 740th Ave., Ellsworth, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Information at the scene indicated the occupants were out of the house. The single-level, L-shaped residence appeared to have smoke coming from its roof line all around. Fire fighters worked among some pine trees immediately adjacent to the building as they put up a ladder and used a chain saw. The interior of the western portion of the structure (the part nearest the trees) was visibly scorched. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately known.
Except for Thursday's brief storm, the 129th Pierce County Fair has benefited from beautiful late summer weather this weekend. Now the fair has to keeps its fingers crossed it won't get washed out by rain on Sunday. Weather forecasts call for a 50 percent of showers throughout the day. Sunday is Veterans Day which means all U.S. military veterans get into the fairgrounds in Ellsworth for free.
Pierce County's St. Croix Valley League teams all won their first Wisconsin Baseball Association Saturday afternoon. At Osceola's Okey Park, Ellsworth overturned a 4-3 deficit with a two-run blast from J.P. Paulson which as the Hubbers beat the Eau Claire Bears 8-4. Paulson took the fastball down the middle 365 feet over the centerfield scoreboard. Mitch Johnson got the win. Defending WBA champ River Falls played right after Ellsworth and downed Bruce 12-2. Ellsworth and River Falls will take on each other Sunday at 3 p.m.
It couldn't have been timed any better.
The parking lots at the Pierce County fairgrounds were already jammed full by the early afternoon as the 129th Pierce County 4-H Fair officially opened Thursday. Cars were already being parked on the side streets outside the fairgrounds despite the cool and cloudy weather and chances for rain, a rarity this summer. Some pre-fair judging already took place Wednesday but the fair officially began today as animal exhibits were entered and judging in the round barn took place as well.
Ragnar Relay Great River, the 200-mile team relay providing a scenic "run up the river" from Winona (Minn.) to Minneapolis along the Mississippi River, announced a record number of attendees to the 2012 race, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18. Three hundred twenty-four teams and more than 3,400 runners from more than 40 states will take to the streets and trails of Eastern Minnesota and across the Mississippi into Western Wisconsin, running throughout the night over the 200-mile race.
TOWN OF MARTELL--The Friends of the Martell School Committee will hold a garage and bake sale as a fundraiser to continue renovation work on the school buidling. The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, at the school in Martell. Among the items requested are household goods, plants,baked goods, dishes and toys. No clothing or electronics. The committee is asking donors to price their donations because it simplies the work for the people doing the set-up. Donations will be accepted Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18. To arrange times, call (715) 273-6376.