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The St. Croix County Historical Society is seeking volunteers for a variety of upcoming activities. --Volunteers are needed throughout the month of April to set up the museum for the 2013 theme "One House, One Family, One Hundred Years." Anyone interested in attending the meeting or helping in April is encouraged to participate. Call the museum at (715) 386-2654 or Heidi Rushmann at (715) 220-1945. --The Historical Society will hold a Cemetery Walk on Saturday, June 1, 2013 (as part of the annual Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day).
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is projecting voter turnout for next Tuesday's election at about 20 percent. Voters will decide on local issues plus statewide races for Supreme Court justice and state Superintendent of Public Instruction. More than 9,500 candidates are running for 6,700 state and local offices. There are also votes on 76 referendums. Twenty percent would be about normal for a spring election.
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports three species of owls have been pushed south from Canada into this state this winter. A crash in rodent populations may be the cause. The northern hawk, the great gray and the boreal owls are normally rare sights in Wisconsin. The drop in rodent numbers in Canadian forests has forced them to move. Some of the observations have been made in southern Wisconsin, including a great gray seen in Middleton, in Dane County. There have been some problems.
The attorney for accused killer Aaron Schaffhausen said Tuesday his client might admit to the crimes yet still maintain an insanity claim. The Minot, North Dakota man is charged with killing his three daughters at their River Falls home last July. He has a court hearing scheduled today in Hudson. Schaffhausen's lawyer, John Kusinski, says his client may change his plea and move on to the insanity phase of the trial. The trial is currently scheduled to begin Monday. Schaffhausen is charged with the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, eight-year-old Sophie and five-year-old Cecelia.
Kathleen Dunn, a name familiar to Wisconsin Public Radio listeners for the past 20 years, will serve as keynote speaker for 2013 Listeners Dinner on Monday, April 22 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The ticketed event begins with a 5 p.m.
SUPERIOR -- An investigation continues into a house fire that killed a retired high school music teacher in Superior. Fire officials said they couldn't reach 76-year-old Jean Sweeney until the blaze was put out. Her body was found on the home's lower level. Battalion chief Vern Johnson said it was close to where Sweeney had spent a lot of time.
MADISON -- Hundreds of postal workers rallied at several locations in Wisconsin Sunday as part of a nationwide campaign to save Saturday mail delivery. In Madison, the state's newest congressman - House Democrat Mark Pocan - promoted a bill he's co-sponsoring to maintain six-day-a-week service, and find other ways to save money. Madison's postal union says it could lose around 70 employees if Saturday delivery ends. In West Milwaukee, officials of the Wisconsin Association of Letter Carriers called the Postal Service a vital public institution that the nation cannot afford to dismantle.
A 5K Fun Run/Walk has been added to the second annual Celebrate Difference event which helps bring awareness and education to families about autism. The run will be held Saturday, April 6. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Willow River Elementary. Activities that will be going on inside the school are the following: bounce house, silent auction, bake sale, games, face painting, fire truck, a family sharing their personal experience with autism and much more.
The Phipps Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra will perform Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, Cantata 56 by J. S. Bach, and "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Highlands Church, 504 Frontage Road. The Cantique is a setting of words by the 17th century dramatist and poet Jean Racine. It was Fauré's first significant composition, written in 1865 while he was in his final year at the École Niedermeyer. Cantata 56 was written in 1726, as Bach was using single solo voices more frequently than in his earlier years.
MADISON -- The two finalists for the Wisconsin Supreme Court will debate each other Friday night for the second time. Incumbent Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone will discuss the issues at a forum in Madison sponsored by the State Bar Association and We the People Wisconsin. WISC TV in Madison will televise the debate at a later time, and it will be shown on its web site as well. Eric Franke of WISC will moderate. Roggensack is running for a second 10-year term. If she wins, the court will keep its current four-member conservative majority.