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Some 70 firefighters from six departments spent several hours early Sunday fighting a house fire in an isolated neighborhood overlooking the St. Croix River, just across from the City of Stillwater. The split-level home owned by Lawrence and Kathleen Horsch was unoccupied when the fire at 1404 Hilltop Ridge was reported at 4:28 a.m. Town of St. Joseph Fire Chief Ron Burton said someone from Stillwater spotted flames and reported the blaze. Flames were through the roof when the first crew rolled up, Burton said.
The driver of a van that was reportedly stolen, led St. Croix sheriff's deputies and on a 19-mile chase early Monday before the vehicle was eventually stopped by Minnesota authorities on a rural road, south east of Woodbury. A man was taken into custody. St. Croix Dispatch Center records indicate the pursuit began at 5:24 a.m. near Baldwin when a deputy spotted the van, which was said to be stolen. The chase ran westbound on I-94 at speeds of 85 mph or more and the van shifting from one lane to another.
The crash of a semi-tractor and trailer in Hudson Monday morning snarled traffic on Interstate 94 for more than an hour. At 8:40 a.m., an eastbound County Concrete rig driven by Ronald Oldenberger, 64, of Eau Claire, sideswiped a second eastbound semi-truck, veered into the center median wall and overturned. The Mack tractor came to rest with the driver's side door on top of the median wall, while the trailer fell over the wall and lay on the westbound side of the freeway. The accident happened a short distance west of the Carmichael Road interchange, about a mile and half east of the St.
With barely three weeks until the 10th Senate District recall election, details are being worked out on three proposed forums or debates that will allow voters to compare and contrast incumbent Senator Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican, with her Democratic challenger, Ellsworth teacher Shelly Moore. Moore's press secretary, Gillian Morris, announced Friday that Moore has accepted debates with Senator Sheila Harsdorf, to be hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Patch and Wisconsin Public Radio.
SPRING VALLEY -- Services were to be held Wednesday evening at Glenwood City for 26-year-old Kyle Glenn, owner of the Spring Valley Super Value grocery store, who died early Friday morning at the Baldwin Area Medical Center. Glenn was found mortally wounded shortly before 6 a.m. Friday when sheriff's deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call apparently placed by Glenn, minutes before he shot himself with a handgun in the store's warehouse area. Officers were on-scene within minutes of the 5:38 a.m. call being received at the Ellsworth dispatch center.
A 55-year-old male quietly surrendered to law enforcement authorities Thursday evening after a four-hour stand-off in New Richmond. According to New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad, officers responded to a report that a suicidal male had made worrisome statements to family members. Officers also learned that the man had long guns and handguns inside the residence. Access to a four-block area of New Richmond's southeast side was restricted late Thursday afternoon as local police, with support of St.
MENOMONIE -- A family of six lost their home early Thursday in a fire fought by six departments until late morning. Menomonie firefighters were summoned by homeowners Randy and Denise Kiesow at 4:36 a.m. when they detected smoke after awakening to start the day. The Kiesows and their four children then safely evacuated the combined shed-residential structure. John Entorf, Menomonie Fire battalion chief, said his department requested mutual aid -- primarily water tankers -- from Colfax, Glenwood City, Elmwood, Durand and Boyceville fire departments within minutes.
Preparations for the July 20-22 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days shifted to high gear this week with the arrival of tent-erection crews, contractors to build display buildings, Farm Tech's contracted electrician, portable lighting and generators. A crew of more than a dozen men from Briggs Tent Company, Eau Claire, arrived with semi-trailers of canvas, poles, ropes and stakes that will transform most of 40 acres into a covered display area. Tents vary in size with the largest, to be occupied by Fleet Farm, measuring 40 ft. by 200 ft.
Some 200 New Richmond Chamber members and guests gathered Wednesday evening over dinner at Suzanna's Restaurant to reflect on the year past, raise some money and celebrate achievements by several members and citizens. Rose Lenzner, formerly associated with Boardman Meadows Independent Living, was named "Member of the Year" for her tireless dedication as a Chamber volunteer and outgoing New Richmond Mayor Dave Schnitzler was honored as "Citizen of the Year" for unselfish service of 14 years, said pressenter and 2010 Chamber president Joe Kerlin. Praising Schnitzler's "optimistic demeanor" and
Jason Norden, a Baldwin native, operates a photography studio in his hometown but regularly travels to Minneapolis as a contract photographer for special events at various nightclubs. Thursday afternoon, he decided to park his car, grab his Canon 20D and trail an estimated 1,000 demonstrators who were gathering for a march to Harriet Island.