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The second of two bodies of a pair of St. Croix Central High School students who jumped from the Stone arch Bridge in Minneapolis has been located. The body of Erika Borgstrom, 16, was found Wednesday, May 29, near the Picnic Island Canoe Landing on the Minnesota River near Fort Snelling. The body of Dakotah Coach, 18, was found in the Mississippi River Tuesday, May 21. The teens disappeared from the Roberts Hammond area around May 10 and were seen jumping from the bridge together just before dawn on Tuesday, May 14. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled both deaths as suicides.
The German Settlement Heritage Society is planning an old fashioned ice cream social Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m. at 837 County N, near Hudson. The event features rhubarb desserts and homemade ice cream. The old brick bake oven will be operating for those who wish to bake personal items. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. For those who like history, St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer will impersonate Charlie Ward at this event.
The Hudson Home and Garden Club will publish a 2014 calendar and is seeking photo submissions from local photographers. The focus of the calendar will be on the Hudson area and photos submitted should have a strong "Hudson identity" -- that is, landmarks, places, events and recreation that most people would recognize as being in the Hudson area. The submission deadline is July 31. For complete submission guidelines, email HGC . The calendar will be sold later this year by club members and at selected retail stores in Hudson.
Wisconsinites are cleaning up from a second straight day of severe weather. The National Weather Service said a funnel cloud was spotted in Janesville just after 7 p.m. yesterday. About 40 minutes later, officials reported a 10-mile swath of tree damage to the east between Delavan and La Grange. The Weather Service said high winds caused the damage. Earlier in the day, authorities said trees and power lines fell along a wide path from Lafayette and Richland counties in southwest Wisconsin to Forest County in the northeast. Eleven counties reported wind damage on that path.
Hudson celebrates Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day Saturday with various activities throughout the community. The Yellowstone Trail (1912-1930) ran through Hudson and many other area communities.
Decades of legal and political blood have been shed over the new St. Croix River bridge near Hudson. Now that construction is beginning, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) said she hopes the new four-lane bridge will be symbol of unity and not divisiveness. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this afternoon in Stillwater. Minn., for the $630 million bridge. The Gopher and Badger states are splitting the costs of the project, and Wisconsin Gov.
An Arizona man was charged Friday with killing the fiancée of his ex-girlfriend in Superior. Juan Padilla, 41, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., is charged in Douglas County with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Terrence Luukkonen. Luukkonen was found shot to death Thursday in his car outside of Genesis Attachments in Superior. Authorities said the body was found in the driver's seat, and the vehicle had its brake lines cut and a tire slashed.
It's too cold to camp in much of Wisconsin this morning, but in 24 hours, lots of campgrounds will be full anyway as the Memorial Day weekend begins. It got down to 27 degrees at six a.m. in Land O'Lakes near the border at Upper Michigan. It was 28 in Eagle River, Tomahawk and Hayward. Central Wisconsin had a few places below freezing, and it was a relatively balmy 45 in Racine. Freeze and frost warnings have expired as the mercury rose above freezing by 7 a.m. in virtually all of Wisconsin.
MADISON -- The vice-chairman of the State Building Commission backed off Wednesday on a threat to withhold a $250,000 in grant money for the Lac du Flambeau Indian tribe. Assembly Republican Dean Kaufert of Neenah said a few weeks ago that he wanted to pull back funding that the commission approved in 2011 for a new tribal cultural center. That was because six Chippewa tribes said they would jack up their federally-approved spearfishing quotas, leaving less fish for sport anglers in northern Wisconsin. Kaufert pulled back on his threat Wednesday.
MADISON -- A legislative panel will decide on Thursday whether the new state budget should let police collect DNA samples from people who have not been convicted of felonies. The governor and attorney general want to expand the state's DNA database which police use to find suspects in past- and present crimes. Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget includes $6 million to have law enforcement collect DNA from all those arrested for felonies and sex crimes, plus those convicted of misdemeanors.