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The Phipps Dance Company is preparing for their eighth annual performances on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The company is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell. The current company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18 years old. Included in the concerts this year are modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap, and Bollywood selections.
Funeral services were quickly arranged for two Minneapolis men who died when their semi-truck plunged into a river from a snowy I-94 in near Menomonie. The body of the truck driver, Batrodin Siyad, 25, was recovered from the submerged semi on the Red Cedar River Tuesday. His funeral was held Wednesday in Minneapolis. His passenger, Mohammed Malin, 26, was pulled from the Red Cedar River just yesterday, and his funeral is today. Siyad's brother said the two truckers were best friends. And they were "connected so long" that they were just like family.
MENOMONIE -- Members of the St. Croix EMS & Rescue's dive team were able to recover the body of Mohammed O. Malin early Wednesday afternoon, and eastbound lanes of I-94 over the Red Cedar River have been reopened, the State Patrol reported mid-afternoon. The State Patrol said Wednesday the truck was owned by Dashman's Transport LLC of Lansing, Mich. The driver, Batrodin A. Siyad of Minneapolis, Minn. was found dead in the cab of the tractor.
A Wisconsin company will build the foundation for the new four-lane bridge across the St. Croix River between Hudson and Stillwater, Minn. Edward Kraemer and Sons of Plain in Sauk County was named the winning bidder Monday. The firm will get almost $37 million to build five piers up to 15 feet above the river's normal elevation, plus eight shafts per pier, drilled to 120 feet below the river bed. The foundation work will begin next week.
Traffic accidents near Hudson and Menomonie caused temporary slowdowns for travelers Tuesday morning. The State Patrol announced about 10:10 a.m. that I-94 east of Menomonie has been reopened following a 3:50 a.m. semi- crash that appears to have claimed two lives. One victim is still missing and presumed dead. The truck ran off the road and into the river. One body has apparently been recovered and the wreckage has been removed. The crash remains under investigation and more details will be posted when available. A four-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Mile 1 near the St.
For the third week in a row, a major snowstorm is brewing to the west of us, and it's heading right toward Wisconsin. The La Crosse area is expecting around an inch during the day today, but the heaviest stuff is due in tonight and tomorrow. The National Weather Service now says the south, west and northwest parts of the state could get hit the hardest. Nine to 12 inches could be on the ground by tomorrow night in places like Dodgeville and Baraboo. The Madison and Milwaukee regions expect 6 to 10 inches. Eau Claire could get up to 10 inches, but places to the east could be spared.
The Western Wisconsin Photography Club will meet on Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., in the River Room at The Phipps Center for the Arts. As a follow up to a special meeting on judging photographs, attendees will break into small groups to discuss a set of supplied images. The focus of the discussion will be on deciding how successful the images are and how they could be improved. Later the monthly salon images submitted by club members will be shared and discussed. This meeting is free and open to the public.
A preschool program on squirrels and chipmunks will be presented at the Willow River State Park Nature Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursday, March 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The classes are free, but vehicle admission fees apply.
Wisconsin has a better than even chance of getting above average precipitation from now until the end of May. If that forecast holds true, assistant state climatologist Ed Hopkins says we probably will have dug ourselves out of the drought that has plagued the state since last summer. New figures show that about 85% of Wisconsin's land area remains abnormally dry or worse, and much of the northwest part of the state is still in a severe drought.
As the River Falls Reads program winds down and folks who have read and enjoyed Michael Shaara's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels," are looking for new reading material, I'm happy to report that although Shaara died in 1988, his family lives on in the person of his son, Jeff Shaara, who also writes about the Civil War and has completed his father's trilogy with "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure." His new book is "A Blaze of Glory," a novel about the Battle of Shiloh.