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Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates 46 people were killed in traffic-related crashes last month. That's well below the 75 traffic deaths in November of last year and below November's five-year average of 53. Through November of this year, 555 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes including 77 motorcyclists, 56 pedestrians and seven bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were five less compared to the same period last year.
The Salvation Army in Polk, St. Croix and Burnett counties recently notified the media of an imminent concern and the future of their shelter programs. ""Our housing programs are at risk," local Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer said. "Donations are down and demand is up."
Motorists getting out of town this weekend are advised to drive carefully and plan ahead as the season's first major snowfall is expected to hit parts of southern Wisconsin Friday, Dec. 8. Flurries are expected to begin in southern and eastern parts of the state Friday afternoon, with higher snowfall totals toward Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Department of Transportation warns of snow-covered roads and limited visibility. The transportation department encourages motorists to check the National Weather Service, www.weather.gov , before venturing out on roadways.
Neal Ronquist is the new publisher for RiverTown Multimedia. Ronquist continues as publisher of the Duluth News Tribune group as well. His expanded role began last week.
Minnesota Department of Health used a petitioning process to solicit public input on potential qualifying conditions. The process included public comments, a citizens' review panel and a set of research summaries for each condition prepared by MDH staff.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Art Department's annual Art Scholarship Sale is Nov. 30-Dec. 13 in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The sale is open to the public. Choose from a selection of studio arts including glass, ceramics, painting, fibers, printmaking, photography and mixed media. An investment in quality artwork for you or as a gift provides valuable contributions toward the continued education of art students at UWRF.
With the holidays upon us, the Salvation Army Red Kettles should be ringing throughout St. Croix County. But with a serious shortage of volunteer ringers, some of those kettle sites are silent, meaning this yearʼs campaign could come up short.
MADISON — Besides creating memories and family traditions, cutting a real Christmas tree benefits the economy and environment. "A real Christmas tree is an environmentally-friendly option that also supports local Christmas tree growers," said Sarah Marketon, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation's director of communications. "With many consumers showing a preference for local products, the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a real tree is great option."
ELLSWORTH — National speaker Tasha Schuh recently announced "An Evening of Hope" an event to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Abundant Life Church, 896 State Road 65, River Falls. This event celebrates and commemorates the 20-year anniversary of Schuh's accident that left her paralyzed after falling through a trap door during her high school musical rehearsal. The event will be a night of hope, motivation and inspiration including Schuh's message, music from Sparrows Rising, and family and friends sharing how Schuh's story has inspired them to move forward.
The first snowfall always seems like the worst. Traffic crawls, tempers flare and crashes occur. This winter, the St. Croix County Highway Department asks you to take the time to brush up on your winter driving skills. Once the snow starts flying, we are in for several months of wintry driving conditions. Early preparation can make for safer driving throughout the season. A big part of safe winter driving is to go slow. Know the conditions and adjust driving habits accordingly.