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State Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced that he will hold three listening sessions in the 30th Assembly District. A member of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Knudson said he looks forward to hearing his constituents' concerns and ideas regarding the many issues facing Wisconsin. Listening sessions have all been scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The times and locations are below: UW-River Falls 10-11 a.m. University Center, Kinnic Theater 410 S.
Forecasters now say up to 18-inches of snow could fall by tonight in parts of northwest Wisconsin. Ellsworth already had 14 inches by early this morning, close to 11-inches fell near Hayward and nine inches at River Falls. Ashland had almost eight inches of snow this morning after it was 82-degrees in that city on Tuesday. Strong northerly winds prevented Minnesota's Twin Cities from getting the heavy snows it expected.
After years of debate, work has finally begun on a new four-lane bridge from the Hudson area into Minnesota. Minnesota's Department of Transportation says dock walls are being built to accommodate the construction equipment that will help install the foundations for the new bridge over the St. Croix River. Steel panels are also being installed to provide docking facilities for barges.
While Wisconsin lawmakers consider half a dozen bills introduced to crack down on drunken driving in the state, agencies that would have to deal with implementing the changes are talking about the cost. The agencies say the state would have to spend about $250 million as it sends thousands of more people to jail.
According to preliminary March 2013 figures announced by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development this week, unemployment rates in Pierce and St. Croix counties are lower than they were a year ago. Pierce County's March rate was estimated at 5.9% as compared to 6.4% a year ago. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 6.1%, which is lower than February's rate of 6.7% and the same as January's rate.
The Octagon House Museum opens for the 2013 tour season Wednesday, May 1. With this year's theme of "One House, One Family, One Hundred Years." Guests can get acquainted with the four generations of the Moffat-Hughes family who lived in the historic Octagon House. Learn about the original owners John and Nancy Moffat who built the house in 1855, all the way to their great-grandchildren one hundred years later. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Pottery for Prevention, a benefit in support of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, will be held Saturday at The Phipps Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event began four years ago and has grown every year since its beginning at Seasons on St. Croix in downtown Hudson.
Convicted killer Aaron Schaffhausen will be sentenced next July. He pleaded guilty last month to killing his three daughters in River Falls, but had claimed his mental state meant he wasn't responsible. A jury disagreed. Each of the three counts of first-degree intentional homicide carries a life sentence. The judge will decide whether they are to be served consecutively or concurrently and whether he will be eligible for parole in 20 or more years. Yesterday the sentencing was set for 1 p.m.
A Minnesota construction company is asking a federal judge to grant an injunction to stop work on the new St. Croix River bridge project. CS McCrossan Construction says its bid was illegally rejected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Last February that company was named the apparent low bidder on the project worth more than $52 million. That bid was later rejected when the agency said McCrossan hadn't made what it called "good faith efforts" to work with woman- and minority-owned businesses. Two companies, including Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, are doing the work.
Wisconsin's governor returned home from a trade mission Monday and already has a $200 million transaction completed. Wisconsin-grown ginseng will be sold to one of China's largest medicine companies. Gov. Scott Walker said the 10-day trip is already producing tangible results. There is said to be a second deal being worked on to sell animal feed products to a Chinese dairy company. That one could be as big as the ginseng deal. Walker said there is a growing market for Wisconsin-made products like Harley-Davidson motorcycles.