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BRAINERD, Minn. — For many in the Northland there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of winter than spending the day behind a team of working sled dogs...
A prominent River Falls man was seriously injured Sunday in a bike racing incident that will claim the life of a retired Eau Claire teacher. Dan Woll, 65, River Falls, former superintendent in the St. Croix Central and Menomonie school districts, saw Cheri Uelmen’s crash and flipped his own bicycle, according to the Eau Claire Leader Telegram. They were the only two injured. Uelmen, 58, who was airlifted to a Mayo hospital, received a serious head wound, broken neck and lower back injury.
During a visit to St. Croix County today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced the approval of a $28.5 million Rural Development loan to build a replacement critical access hospital in the village of Baldwin. The new Baldwin Area Medical Center is expected to cost $43.5 million with $7.5 million provided by the hospital and another $7.5 million by a private lender. The center will have 15 inpatient beds as well as outpatient facilities. It will be built on a 95-acre parcel at the junction of I-94 and Hwy. 63 in Baldwin. According to a U.S.
Wisconsin lawmakers representing western Wisconsin are calling on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to accept a new offer by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to restore income tax reciprocity. “Today’s (July 24) offer by Wisconsin to reinstate the income tax reciprocity agreement goes beyond meeting all the demands made by Minnesota when they ended the agreement in 2009,” according to a statement by state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). “Taxpayers lose precious time and money each year because we have not reached an agreement to restore reciprocity,” said Rep.
Neighboring Iowa has recorded its first human case of the West Nile virus this year, and Wisconsin and Minnesota might not be far behind. As of late last week, Wisconsin still had one probable human case of the mosquito-borne disease in St. Croix County. Trempealeau County recorded its first West Nile case last week in a dead bird.
The final evidence of an extremely snowy winter has just now disappeared in northwest Wisconsin. The Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce ran a contest in which folks were invited to guess when the final remnants of snow would melt away.
Gov. Scott Walker's main election opponent is trying to clear up a critical comment she made last week about the proposed Gogebic Taconite iron ore mine. Democrat Mary Burke told Wisconsin Public Radio she would look at every tool she'd have in considering whether to stop the project with the goal of protecting natural resources. Yesterday Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said Burke never indicated that she wants to "put the brakes" on the proposed $1.5 billion mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
A funnel cloud was spotted north of Wausau last evening. It didn't touch down, but it still marked the fourth day in the last five in which Wisconsin had at least some type of tornadic activity. The National Weather Service reported no storm damage where last night's twister was spotted, and the Wisconsin Public Service utility reported no power outages in the Wausau area this morning. The same cannot be said for southeast Wisconsin where almost 5,400 We Energies are still in the dark after high winds on Monday.
Families of three Wisconsin victims in a 2006 traffic crash linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches have yet to decide whether to take a company settlement. Ken Rimer says the families will meet with their lawyer tomorrow after GM announced a compensation fund Monday. Natasha Weigel, 18, and Amy Rademacher, 15, were killed when their car stalled, veered off a road and slammed into trees in rural St. Croix County.