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If you forgot enough life jackets or don't have a throw-type flotation device on board when you launch into the St. Croix River at Lakefront Park in Hudson, have no fear. A new life jacket loaner station went up over the Memorial Day weekend. Boaters may borrow a PFD in a variety of sizes and return it without charge. The loaner station was provided through a DNR grant and the labor of Double Good 4-H club from the Baldwin-Woodville area who assembled the project at home. Deputy Tim Kufus, who is starting his second year on water patrol for the St.
A resolution to privatize St. Croix Industries stalled on the floor and was postponed until August following a wave of citizen response at the county board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. The move followed about an hour of public comment from some 21 citizens, all of whom supported the SCI program and its reputation for excellence over nearly four decades. Many had children in the program. The proposed resolution developed because SCI was operating at a loss over the last two years.
The defense called experts and a former co-worker from his construction job in North Dakota to testify about Aaron Schaffhausen's battle with depression and other issues Friday morning. The testimony kicked off the fifth day of the insanity portion of Schaffhausen's trial.
Scotty Ard, center, New Richmond, and Aleisha Miller, right, of the land and water department, received certificates of appreciation from the county for their work with an historical display they compiled on the long history of the county farm in New Richmond. The awards were presented at the March 7 board of supervisors meeting by administrator Pat Thompson, left.
The defense and prosecution waded through a litany of motions in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday morning. Judge Howard W. Cameron, Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg and public defender John Kucinski sparred over some two dozen motions. Schaffhausen is accused of killing his three young daughters last July in their River Falls home. He entered a not guilty by insanity (NGI) plea Jan.
The prosecution will have access to all records relative to Aaron Schaffhausen's insanity plea following a judge's ruling in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday morning. During a one hour, 15 minute-hearing Jan. 31, Judge Howard W. Cameron granted a motion by Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg requesting disclosure of Schaffhausen's mental health treatment records and other relevant materials. Schaffhausen is charged in the deaths of his three young daughters last summer in their River Falls home.
Judge Howard Cameron fielded a slew of motions in the Aaron Schaffhausen murder case Thursday, including one filed recently. The St. Croix County judge accepted Schaffhausen's plea of not guilty by mental defect or illness filed by the defense the previous day for a ruling at the regular scheduled motion hearing Jan. 17. The law required Schaffhausen, who appeared from jail where he has been held on $2 million bond on suicide watch, to answer the judge's question to affirm the NGI plea.
Sharleen Croes said she dragged her feet on retirement until she was over 70, but has finally made the choice. Jan. 3 marked her last day as real property lister in the St. Croix County Planning and Zoning office after more than 20 years on the job. "I loved the job," the town of Cylon native said during a conversation late last week as she reflected on the past two decades. Contrary to what her title suggests, the position doesn't include listing property as such. "We check a deed to make sure it is right and put it in for tax purposes," she said.
A man accused in the murder of his three daughters last summer did not meet the court's deadline for entering a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Friday. Public defender John Kuscinski said his client, Aaron Schaffhausen would most likely appear in court next at a scheduled hearing in January. Earlier in the proceedings, Judge Howard W. Cameron had set a Dec. 14 deadline for Schaffhausen to enter an insanity plea.
The shooting of a town of Eau Galle man in a standoff with sheriff's deputies last month was justified two separate investigations have determined. Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22. "It is clear by the information provided that the shooting by law enforcement officers was justified," said St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson a letter dated Oct. 11 following a review of the incident by his office. "The information that I find most compelling is Mr.