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We need your help. Pierce County is experiencing a lot of thefts lately. So if you notice a suspicious person or vehicle in a place they shouldn't be, please don't be afraid to call the dispatch center at 715-273-5051. If you can without getting hurt, please try and get a good description of what is going on. This helps us in following up with the call. Also, the hunting season is upon us. To all the hunters, please make this a safe season. Be sure of your target and what is beyond! Also, wear the proper clothing and color. Have fun, be safe and may a big buck come your way!
The driver of the propane tank was uninjured Wednesday morning when it rolled over on State Highway 72 in El Paso. James Fabos, 47, Altoona, was driving a 2010 Freightliner 2,000 gallon tanker westbound on 387th St. and STH 72 when the truck hit the shoulder of the road and he overcorrected. The truck then rolled onto its side, sliding across both lanes of STH 72. The truck then entered the ditch and rolled, where it came to rest. The accident happened at 6:51 a.m., according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Fabos was wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured.
The seventh annual Wine and Wishes fundraiser for St. Francis School will be held this Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis Parish Hall in Ellsworth. The money raised will help the school with rising textbook costs. Last year, with support from donors, over $29,000 was raised; this year's goal is $30,000. Organizers are working to make this a community event. The "adult's night out" will feature wine tasting, hors d'oeurves, beverages, entertainment and a live a silent auction.
RIVER FALLS--The River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic and Main Street Dental in River Falls are again hosting a Halloween Candy Buy Back this Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. They will pay $1.50 for up to three pounds of store-bought, wrapped candy per child and send the candy to troops overseas, along with toothbrushes and toothpaste. The candy buy back is held at the River Falls Area Hospital and is available for children ages 12 and younger. There will be snacks.
(A previous version of this story had incorrect information which was deleted. The Herald apologizes for the error.) David Kerr, N6490 Hwy. 63, Beldenville, appealed to the court to reinstate his permit to carry a concealed weapon. He included a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Justice which says he is no longer eligible for a concealed-carry permit and the department is required to revoke the license. The letter says the DOJ has received information Kerr had been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. But, says Kerr, he has not been convicted of domestic violence.
A Beldenville man pled guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. George D. Budd, 54, N7652 650th St., will be sentenced 9 a.m., Dec. 19, on that charge along with reckless driving stemming from a March 17 incident in the town of Martell. Both charges are felonies. The criminal complaint states Budd is alleged to have caused the death of Julie Nelson, 47, Hammond, when he struck Nelson's motorcycle which was driven by her husband Glen.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - River Falls High School cross country runners Annie Frisbie and Trent Powell both finished in the top 25 of their respective races at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet Saturday. Frisbie finished ninth in the Division 1 girls' race in a time of 14:38. Her mile splits were 5:40 and 5:57 and ran a strong back-half of the race in 3:03 to finish in the top 10. Powell rand the 5000-meter boys' course in 16:15 to finish in 25th place. His mile splits were 5:04, 5:19 and he a ran a 5:54 on the back half of the course.
Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Beldenville will host its 66th Annual Lutefisk Dinner Thursday, Oct. 25, with serving to start at 2 p.m. For more information, call 715-273-4570. Our Saviors website is Our Saviors Church
A squirrel tripping a power line is believed to have been the cause of the power outage that affected most of Ellsworth Tuesday afternoon. An Xcel Energy customer spokesperson said power went out in most businesses and homes serviced by Xcel Energy around 2:30 p.m., except those serviced by Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services and the county buildings, which used backup generators. Power was back on shortly after 4 p.m. Ellsworth schools were let out a bit early after the warning lights came on.
SPRING VALLEY--Refuge Farms Horse Rescue and Sanctuary will host its annual fall gala and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Leatherdale Equine Center on the University of Minnesota St.