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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress will hold its St. Croix County Annual Fish and Wildlife spring meeting 7 p.m. April 8 at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond. Individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. New this year is an online input option.
On March 13, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary January 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin's 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 4.0 percent. For comparison, St. Croix's final rate for December was 2.8 percent and November's final rate was 2.6 percent. One year ago, the county's unemployment rate was estimated at 3.6 percent.
A note to the community, Our phones are down Wednesday March 20, 2019, due to a circuit upgrade. Engineers are working to restore service. The newsroom can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Find more contact information at www.rivertowns.net/contact-us .
Western Wisconsin Health held the Dash to Disney finale event on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to finish its second family-friendly community walking challenge and awarded another lucky participant a trip to Disney World. Initially, 618 participants registered by Jan. 7. A total of 450 participants completed the challenge — even more than last year! The previous year's winner and his family also attended the event to share their experience and help present the grand prize alongside several beautiful princesses from Occasions with Character. Prize winners included:
St. Croix County Emergency Management is encouraging people with water damage, due to the spring thaw, to either report damages online here: https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/damagereport or by calling 211. The information will be used by St. Croix County Emergency Support Services to assess the amount of damage to private resident homes and businesses. Emergencies, such as life safety assistance, should be requested through 911. It is not known at this time if there will be any financial assistance provided from the Federal
Before he entered six not guilty pleas in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday morning, attorney Barry Lundeen claimed the night his client allegedly followed a woman home before driving her to his house where he held her and threatened to kill them both was a singular alcohol-induced incident. Lundeen also told Judge Michael Waterman his client — 30-year-old Somerset resident Jared Alan Wang — has since taken a more active role in his church and is taking steps to ensure he remains sober for the rest of his life.
While watching the news one evening, Tab Hanson saw a familiar face flash across the screen — it was the same man who a few days earlier hopped into the vacant driver’s seat of Hanson’s vehicle, pulled a gun, told him to get out and then drove away, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Child-sexual assault charges were re-filed against a Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputy following a scheduling conflict by the former prosecutor. St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Erica Ellenwood is now listed as special prosecutor in the case against 31-year-old Allen J. Wojcik, who faces four felony counts related to sexual assault of a child.
A Hudson Hospital employee and River Falls resident was arrested and charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography — charges that call for lifetime supervision of a serious sex offender. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office alleges 34-year-old Loren E. Rawlings knowingly possessed 484 photos of children in sexually explicit situations on his cellphone and had uploaded 17 child pornography images to Tumblr. A criminal complaint, filed March 5, states Rawlings works as a patient care technician at Hudson Hospital.