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In early returns in both the state and St. Croix County, Democrat Tom Barrett has a commanding lead over Democrat Kathleen Falk and has been declared the winner by various news sources. The other Democrats in Tuesday's recall primary election are well behind the two leaders. Barrett had garnered 121,193 (55 percent). statewide with 36 percent of the precincts reporting; Falk had 81,503 (37 percent). The other candidates had 4 percent or less. In St. Croix County Barrett had a commanding lead with 35 of 41 precincts reporting. Barrett lead Falk 2,499 to 1,251.
Gov. Scott Walker stopped in Hudson Thursday morning and read to a group of pre-kindgarten students at KinderCare, 2600 Center Dr. His purpose was to highlight his YoungStar and Early Literacy initiatives; KinderCare is considered a five-star - top of the list in the state's reimbursement program. Under the program, top schools are rewarded with higher aid levels, while lower ranked pre-schools receive less state aid. "We want incentives for pre-schools because it will pay dividends in the future," Walker said. "It also gives lower performing school an incentive to increase their rankings.
In a verdict reached Saturday morning, a St. Croix County jury acquitted UW-River Falls professor Thomas William Barnett of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last summer in a Hudson movie theater. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Friday afternoon and evening and were excused at about 8 p.m. Friday, said St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. The seven-man, five-woman panel reconvened Saturday at 9 a.m. and just after 11 a.m.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited the Hudson Golf Club Friday and emphasized the need for a conservative candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Santorum also painted his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a "moderate." "Every time a moderate Republican has run against an incumbent Democrat president, the Republican has lost," Santorum said. He compared himself to a conservative Ronald Reagan, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1980. "Don't compromise your principles to satisfy the pundits," Santorum said.
The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation honored three St. Croix County businesses with 2011 business of the year awards at its annual banquet Thursday, Feb. 16 at Kilkarney Golf Club. Among the three winners was Hudson's Stevens Engineering. The three winning businesses were: --Future Farm Food and Fuel LLC (Baldwin) as 2011 Emerging Business of the Year (based in St. Croix County and in business for five or fewer years) --Stevens Engineers (Hudson) as 2011 Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees) --Sajan Inc.
A multi-car accident on westbound I-94 Monday morning closed the freeway for a time and backed up traffic on I-94 for several miles. The accident occurred on the freeway in front of Mike's Standard. An employee at Mike's said at least five or six vehicles were involved in the accident. At least one person was transported by ambulance, but it did not appear that any of the injuries were life-threatening. A state trooper said one driver apparently lost control on the frost-covered road, spun out of control across three lanes, struck the median and came to rest facing the wrong way.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican from Oshkosh) was in Hudson Saturday morning and took questions from reporters at the Hudson cable access studio, 901 Fourth St. He addressed several issues, including the perception that Republicans are blocking progress in Washington, the Stillwater Bridge, jobs, pulling from Iraq, Social Security-Medicare-entitlements and the federal budget. "The Republicans control only the House," Johnson said. "Democrats control the oval office and the senate. Over 100 bills have been approved in the House and were stopped in the Senate.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Herb Kohl spoke to members and guests at the Thursday meeting of the Hudson Rotary Club. His thoughts on the federal government treatment of most subjects included the declaration, "We must do a better job." Kohl, 76, plans to retire after his current term which ends at the end of 2012. When he retires, he will have completed 24 years of service in the U.S. Senate. "It's been an honor and privilege to serve," Kohl said.
The second of three debates between incumbent Republican State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and her Democratic challenger Shelly Moore was staged Thursday morning at the University Center Ballroom at UW-River Falls. The event was hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and attracted 300 observers. For the most part, the crowd was reserved, with only a couple of minor outbursts - one against each candidate. The debate was moderated by Dr.
Democratic 10th District Senate candidate Shelly Moore is the winner of the recall primary election. With all but three of 113 precincts reporting, Moore holds a 17,779-15,245 lead as of 10:15 p.m. The three missing precincts are in Dunn County. Moore won in every county. At about 10:15 p.m. the totals were: St. Croix 8,325-7,950 Pierce 3,561-2,515 Polk 3,958-3,407 Dunn 1,002-573 Burnett 933-800 Weix, who has run as a Republican in other races, ran against Moore in the Democratic primary in an attempt to gain more campaign time for Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf.