Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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BALSAM LAKE -- The body of a 24-year-old Hopkins, Minn. man was recovered by fire department divers late Sunday morning, about an hour after he slipped beneath the waters of Balsam Lake while attempting to swim to a floating raft with a companion. Deangelo L. Williams was identified as the victim by Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson on Monday morning. Johnson said authorities were alerted shortly after the man went missing at 10:25 a.m., July 6th, while swimming near a residence on Kemah Park Dr., east of Hwy.
RIVER FALLS - A group of Cub Scouts and their leaders gave up dinner with their families Tuesday evening to keep an appointment at the River Falls Journal. Three members of Den 457, Tiger Cubs who are all first-graders arrived at the 2815 Prairie Dr. office as promised at 5:30 p.m.
Spending by visitors to St. Croix County increased 8.48 percent to $87.85 million in 2013, according to an annual analysis released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and a press release issued by the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. St. Croix, Polk, Pierce, and Dunn counties comprise the Greater St. Croix Valley. Visitor spending in 2013 for the four-county region was estimated at $231.65 million compared to $221.8 million in 2012 (a 4.45 percent increase). The $87.85 million from St.
Designer Doors, the River Falls manufacturer that closed abruptly last week and seemed headed for liquidation, reopened for business Friday, April 25. In a surprise twist, the founder and former owner of Designer Doors, Kent Forsland, has bought back his old company. Vendors received word of the company's sale in an email message Friday from Steve Williams, the man who bought the firm just over three years ago. Late Monday morning, Forsland was busy at Designer Doors, presiding over meetings and getting reacquainting with all the processes.
Six members of River Falls' Webelos II den from Pack 54 visited the River Falls Journal office Monday evening, April 14. They learned a bit about how community newspapers help keep citizens informed about their neighbors, their schools, churches, their elected government, sports, births and deaths and so much more. Some of the information will help the Webelos advance toward the Arrow of Light qualification. Among those attending Monday were Alex Czech, Johnny Hansen, Blake O'Hara, Jack Cooper, Sam Shaw and Travis Bennett. Den Leader Carrie Czech also attended. The boys in this den have b
MADISON - Over-the-counter spring turkey permits in zones 4 and 5 -- which includes Pierce and St. Croix counties -- will be reduced by 25 percent in response to hunter feedback requesting a conservative approach to the number of permits issued for this spring's hunt, due to concerns that increased winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers.
ROBERTS -- The man injured in a snowmobile accident late Sunday afternoon was Adam R. Lindus, 33, of rural Roberts. The St. Croix County Dispatch Center was advised at 5:14 p.m. that Lindus had been injured on a segment of trail east of 130th Street and north of East Kinnic Drive and north of I-94 in the town of Kinnickinnic. River Falls ambulance and fire personnel responded along with a unit from the Roberts-Warren Fire Department. The rider apparently encountered a rough portion of trail and overturned his sled, breaking his leg in the process, said WDNR Warden Paul Sickman.
Thursday's rain, followed by heavy wet snow and high winds left at least 170 Pierce-Pepin Electric patrons without power and had county road maintenance crews out in full force Friday morning. As of 4:50 a.m., Hwy. 63 near Hwy. 29 south of the Red Barn was closed by a downed power line for at time and at last check about 8:30 a.m., cars were being allowed through but no trucks until Xcel crews could get it repaired.
Delivering hope to some of us that winter will one day end, four American Robins appeared to sip water from a bird bath near East Cascade Avenue Wednesday afternoon. So are they migrating? Martha Fischer, a bird educator with Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, answers some of life's persistent questions about Robins in a blog for school-aged kids at www.learner.org . She says the birds know when to migrate by the length of daylight. At mid- to late-winter, birds begin to feel restless.