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A man charged with killing his three daughters at his ex-wife's home in River Falls is now accused of trying to burn that house down. An attempted arson charge was filed this week in St. Croix County against Aaron Schaffhausen, 35. Prosecutors said an investigator smelled gas at the home when investigating the murders and found that a gasoline container was tipped over. Schaffhausen has been ordered to stand trial on three homicide charges in the slashing deaths of Cecilia Schaffhausen, age 5; Sophie, 9; and Amara, 11.
Figures released last week by the state Department of Revenue show equalized values on homes, farms and businesses in western Wisconsin continue on a downward trend with decreases ranging from just over 4 percent in River Falls to 23 percent in the town of Hudson and up to 37 percent across Polk County over the past four years. The declining trend began in 2008, according to a summary assembled by Bill Rubin, excutive director of the St. Croix County Development Corp. St.
Gary Thibodeau, UW-River Falls Chancellor from 1985-2000, and his wife Emogene have made a $100,000 gift to the UW-River Falls Foundation. $75,000 of the gift will be used towards the $2,000,000 required private contribution to the construction of the Falcon Center. The remaining $25,000 will be put towards the Gary A. and Emogene J.
Thomas De Quincy was born on this day in 1785, and would later write an eerie book that captured the romantic imagination, "Confessions of an Opium Eater." At about the same time, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was ingesting huge quantities of laudanum, liquid opium. One day he was as high as a kite and busy writing his immortal poem, "Kublai Khan." He answered a knock on the door.
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson won Tuesday's primary to become the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Herb Kohl for 24 years. With 100% of precincts reporting, Thompson had 34% of the vote. His main challenger in the four-way GOP primary, businessman Eric Hovde, Madison, had 31% of the votes. Thompson will now face Tammy Baldwin, the lone Democratic candidate, in the November general election.
I was in high school when Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche was making big news on Big Ten gridirons. The University of Wisconsin sent films of the games to every little high school football team that wanted them.
An Amery man working at a home construction site in the Town of Clifton was pinned beneath a hydraulic lift for an hour Friday afternoon before rescuers used a heavy wrecker to move the machine and whisk him a waiting medical helicopter. Clayton Ewer, 34, was listed in good condition on Monday morning, according to a spokeswoman at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. River Falls Fire and EMS personnel were called at 1:58 p.m. to N7425 1170th Ave.
I'm not a big fan of detective novels in general, but I'm a sucker for the works of Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse ever since I bought a 25-cent paperback of the latter's hilarious novel, "Psmith" when I was a kid. Later, I was introduced to detectives like Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey, the elegant aristocrat detective who stars in "Murder Must Advertise" and other wonderful novels that I call British drawing-room mysteries. Now I've found a "new" writer in M.C.
Normally I write about two books each week -- one national and one regional. This week I'll mention just one because it straddles both categories and because its author, a Minnesotan, belongs in the ranks of the "nationals," taking his place with authors like William Stafford and X.J. Kennedy. "The Reindeer Camps," by Barton Sutter (BOA Editions, $16) is a breath of fresh air in the poetry world. Sutter, Duluth's famous and first Poet Laureate, is in some ways a traditionalist.
The U11 Girls Traveling Soccer team, which Amara Schaffhausen played for the last three years, is offering wrist bracelets for sale to benefit the Schaffhausen family beginning July 26. Available at Freeman Drug, Sears, and RCU in River Falls, the businesses will be covering the cost of the wristbands so all donations will go directly to the family. The suggested donation amount per band is $3-5. A limited quantity of small wristbands are also currently available at Steve's Pizza. To date, the sale of the bands has raised over $7,100 for the family.