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From the Forum News Service Minnesota Police investigate flag burnings in Willmar WILLMAR, Minn. -- Willmar police are investigating two incidents of someone burning a U.S. flag early Saturday. Police Chief David Wyffels said there are two confirmed incidents, at Kitchen Fair on Fifth Street Southwest and the Midas Auto station on Litchfield Avenue Southwest. The incidents are believed to be connected and happened within a close time proximity, Wyffels said in a news release. Police have video footage of one of the incidents recorded just after 1 a.m.
MADISON -- The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is expected to take its final votes Wednesday on the new state budget. Majority Republicans met for 10 hours behind closed doors, before announcing a deal just after 1 a.m., Wednesday on tax cuts and school funding. The deal includes a $650 million income tax cut over the next two years - almost twice as much as what Republican Gov.
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota Watford City to house new judge BISMARCK -- Watford City will be home to a new judgeship aimed at addressing the increase in court filings in growing Oil Patch communities, the North Dakota Supreme Court decided Tuesday. State legislators created two new judgeships for the Northwest Judicial District, with one chambered in Williston and the other location to be determined. Watford City, Williston and Stanley were discussed as possible locations for the judgeship, the ruling said.
MAUSTON -- A Wisconsin Air National Guard member is jailed under a $2 million bond after being charged with killing a woman and wounding another in a shooting in Mauston. Cody Treul, 29, is accused of killing Gayle Howland, also 29, and Ebony Lasher, 23, both of Mauston. Lasher was in critical condition at last word at UW Hospital in Madison. The shootings happened early Friday in the outdoor smoking area at P.J.'s Bar & Grill. Prosecutors said Treul also pointed his gun at a man in the smoking area.
Credit Forum News Service North Dakota Eight felonies filed in Wahpeton attack WAHPETON, N.D.
The St. Croix Sportsman's Alliance will sponsor a free kids fishing contest at Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The fishing contest is open to children of all ages. Sign up at kidsfish perch.eventbrite.com. Vehicle admission fee will be waived to all participants. Volunteers will be available to assist children with fishing. Park entrance address is 550 Perch Lake Road. For directions, call the park at 715-549-6515 or visit the St.
When Carolyn Craig moved her daughter into the Deerfield Gables facility, she immediately noticed the potential for a reflection garden just outside the facility's new Town Center. "Last summer the (Willow River) Garden Club was looking for a project and I suggested this," she said. The roughly $35,000 project will include garden pathways, a water feature, several flower beds, benches, a rain garden and outdoor lighting.
To the Editor: Is our county board so obsessed with money it has turned its back on our elderly and disabled? On June 4, the St. Croix County Board will vote on stopping funding for St. Croix Industries, a business which has served people with disabilities for almost 40 years. They want a private company to take over the program. Have any of the board members been to SCI? If so, they would realize this is more than a business. To the clients, it is their whole life. It is truly their family.
The New Richmond and St. Croix County area was well represented at this year's state Conservation Congress. According to Dave Larson, county chairman for the St. Croix County Conservation Congress delegation, five voting delegates attended the May 10 meeting in Eau Claire where they voted on resolutions related to hunting, fishing, environmental protection and more. This year's delegates included Larson, Vice Chairman Dan Donahue, Craig Olson, Claude Beauvais and Jeremy Sarauer. New this year was an effort by the volunteer Conservation Congress to involve young people in the process.
The New Richmond Area Community Foundation recently presented the Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds with a $500 grant during its next round of grants. The grant funds will be used to support the construction of Dairy Barn #2, which will be used for the annual St. Croix County Fair and other events. According to Chris Libby, president of the friends group, the barn is expected to be up and in use by the 2013 Fair in July. The friends group raised funds and constructed a new dairy barn a few years ago and immediately began discussions about a second barn.