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PRESCOTT-A Hastings, Minn., man was injured in an accident involving a truck's boom contacting a power line Friday morning. Ellis Parker Jr., 70, was found on the road shoulder at Hwy. 10 and North Acres Road, the accident scene to which the Prescott Police Department was called at 8:03 a.m. Parker was checked by the Prescott Ambulance Service and transported to the Hastings hospital. Parker told an officer he and two other workers for Map Cont, Inc., Prescott, were pulling fence posts when the right side arm of the truck sank, causing the vehicle to shift and the boom to hit the line.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tagged a good portion of the region as "Earn-A-Buck" zones for the upcoming fall deer hunt. Areas in which the EAB requirement will be in place include the DNR's deer management unit 60M which covers western Pierce and St. Croix counties from Prescott north to Houlton and east to Highway 65 with Highway 64 as the northern boundary and Highway 29 as the southern boundary. The DNR's deer management units 59B and 61 are also designated as EAB.
PARK FALLS - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has established a second caution area for individuals training bear dogs this year after wolves attacked hounds being trained for bear hunting in western Bayfield County near Barnes. An earlier caution area was listed between Rib Lake and Merrill. Cautions are available at the Department of Natural Resources Web pages. The Bayfield County attack occurred July 22, according to a wildlife specialist with USDA-Wildlife Services. USDA verified that three hounds were killed and one injured.
Two people from Hastings, Minn., are in Regions Hospital in St. Paul following a Saturday afternoon motorcycle accident in Diamond Bluff Township in Pierce County. Authorities from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department say that Richard Lange, 57, was on a curve northbound on Pierce County 0, just north of Highway 35, when his motorcycle left the road at approximately 2:45 p.m. Lange was airlifted to Regions Hospital by a Life Link helicopter where he was listed in serious condition as of Monday morning. His passenger, Laura D.
On Jan. 7, 2006, Leah Gustafson, 29, was brutally murdered after allegedly letting Jason Borelli, 32, into her Superior apartment. Had she known the past history of this neighbor from across the street she probably would not have opened the door, friends say. Borelli, who is accused of murdering Gustafson, has a long-record of violent offenses including the brutal beating of a Rice Lake woman and an assault on his mother. His trial in the Gustafson murder is scheduled to begin Oct. 30 in Douglas County.
Albert "Al" Ohlfs, 93, of New Richmond, WI died Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at United Hospital in St. Paul. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 29 at United Methodist Church in New Richmond. Visitation is from 6-8:00 p.m. Friday at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in New Richmond Cemetery.
Wisconsin hasn't had any problems with elections since the state Elections Board was established, so changing the current system isn't very realistic. That's how Doug La Follette responds to his primary competitor Scot Ross' idea that election oversight should return to the office of the Wisconsin Secretary of State. "I think it's a real mixed issue," said La Follette. "Having the oversight of elections rest with an elected official gives elections a higher profile." However, La Follette, who has been the secretary of state for over 20 years, says there is a big downside to that idea.
Sally Somsen, 91, of Woodville died Saturday, July 22, 2006 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Woodville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 26th at the First United Presbyterian Church in Baldwin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday afternoon.Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin assisted the family with arrangements.
Jeanne Somsen, 89, of Baldwin died Saturday, July 22, 2006 at the Baldwin Care Center. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 26th at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday morning. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Arrangements handled by the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.
MADISON -- Those who show up at Wisconsin polls expecting to register the same day they vote will have to provide the number on their drivers' license. If they don't have a valid license, they do have other options that will allow them to vote. That decision was made by the state Elections Board.