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Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now. The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michig
LA CROSSE - Shane Blackman had the highest individual finish at the Bi-State Wrestling Classic for New Richmond. Blackman finished second at 113 pounds. He lost a close match in the finals Saturday evening at the La Crosse Center by a 5-3 score to Ben Thorton of La Crosse Central. The Tigers finished seventh in their division with 137 points scored. Also placing for New Richmond individually were Derek Dowd, seventh at 120 pounds and Abram Anderson, fifth at 132 pounds.
A New Richmond man was transported by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital late Tuesday afternoon after his car left Pierce County Road G, west of El Paso, and overturned. Brandon Campeau, 20, was transported by the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service following the 5:39 p.m. crash. Pierce County sheriff's deputy Jean Spletstoser said Campeau was westbound on County G when his vehicle caught the edge of the road at the beginning of a sharp southbound curve.
A 30-year-old woman and 22-year-old man -- both from Red Wing, Minn. -- were identified Sunday as those who died in a head-on crash and subsequent fire that occurred late Saturday night on Highway 63 near the Pierce-St. Croix county line. Traci Lee Nannette Hardy, 30, and Scott Mikael Kull, 22, the passenger and driver in separate vehicles, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:53 p.m. crash, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Hardy was a passenger in a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Trent B.
I've written before about alternative history and writers like Harry Turtledove. He writes what I like to call "what if" novels. Like what if the Germans won World War II? What would happen? (Answer: Kennedy would be president. Not Jack Kennedy, but his father, the fascist sympathizer, Joseph.) Just now I've been faced with a similar, but somewhat different challenge in The Columbus Affair," by Steve Barry (Ballantine Books, $27. Barry writes historical thrillers. This time he's out with an investigative reporter who has fallen out of favor because of a snafued assignment.
MAIDEN ROCK--When the 39th annual Stockholm Art Fair is held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stockholm Village Park on Lake Pepin, a couple musical groups from Maiden Rock will perform. At noon, Patchouli is on the music schedule. These musical artists are billed as "nationally touring, award-winning folk meets flamenco." At 3 p.m., the Ditch Lilies are slated. They are described as an "acoustic, multi-instrumental American Roots Duo." Besides music, original art and fine crafts will be exhibited, come rain or shine.
MADISON - Baldwin-Woodville made it clear without a doubt who the best in the state is in WIAA Division 2 softball. The No. 1 ranked Blackhawks shutout Monroe 7-0 Saturday in the championship game of the WIAA State Softball Tournament held at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin campus. Sophomore Abby Klopp was the winning pitcher. She struck out 11 batters and held the Cheesemakers, 21-8 overall, to just four hits. She also had two hits and two RBIs. Heidi Hinz led B-W with two hits and RBIs at the plate.
Donald Driver is the 14th champion of "Dancing With the Stars." The Green Bay Packers' receiver beat out Katherine Jenkins and William Levy last night on ABC. And the Super Bowl champion adds the Mirror Ball trophy to his collection of honors. Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd capped off 10 weeks of ballroom competition with a final cha-cha, in which the muscular Driver went shirtless. It gave him his second perfect score from the judges in two nights. With all three contestants just one point apart, it was Monday night's viewer votes that put Driver over the top.
The State Patrol has identified the couple killed in a head-on accident south of Prescott Sunday as Richard E. Skare, 72, and Irene Ruth Skare, 71, both of Stillwater, Minn. The Skares were northbound on Hwy. 35, just north of Pierce County Highway QQ when they collided with a southbound 1994 Chevrolet Lumina being driven by Randy J. Tape, 51, of Prescott. Tape and his passenger, Tammy A. Decker, 53, of Hastings, Minn., were both transported by medical helicopters to Regions Hospital in St.
It's probably the two sweetest words a person who was seriously injured can hear from their doctor: full recovery. Regions Hospital doctors delivered those words to Glen Nelson recently as the 48-year-old Hammond native recovers from serious injuries in a motorcycle accident March 17 in Pierce County. "He's been improving every day," a relative said.