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Fiscal Bureau memo declares $1B-plus state shortfall looms large; Saturday is be biggest shopping day; 11 more Wisconsin stories
Golf course rezoning advances
St. Joseph approves limits on large farm equipment travel
Man with local ties charged in stabbing death of Duluth woman
Star Grants totaling $36,568 awarded for innovative classroom projects
crime and courts
Kenzie Prater going for hockey gold with U.S. national team
Raider girls' hoops team on top in Big Rivers
Hudson doctor receives national certification for brain injury medicine
Raider boys streak to 5-0 start
Raider boys open season with two victories
Bell-ringers make it through the night; halfway to goal
Lilyquist, Gilbert team up again for marathon bell-ringing at County Market
Family receives gift of decorated home; father serving in Kuwait
Organist Dave Wickerham to perform holiday extravaganza at The Phipps
Hudson gourmets among the best at World Food Championships
arts and entertainment
SUMMONS: Croixview Family Chiropractic v. Shane Jacks; Case No. 14-SC-922
ST. CROIX COUNTY: 2014 Wildlife Crop Damage Assessment Deadline
NOTICE TO CREDITORS: Howard G. Bune Estate; Case 14PR90
NOTICE TO CREDITORS: Mary E. Senkus Estate; Case No. 14PR88
AMENDED SUMMONS: Central Bank v. S&S Coating/ Gene Swanson, et al.; Case 14CV409
Martin Willesen O'Connell, 85
Caleb F. Peterson, 25
Martin W. O'Connell, 85
Stephen Sabol, 73
Janet R. Laatsch, 80
Get Me the Manager: Email sparks memories of Thanksgiving days on the lean side
Day By Day: This Thanksgiving I’m grateful for those who have come and gone
Our View: Hudson has it all for holiday shopping
Administrative News & Views: Board resumes secondary facility planning
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December 26, 2012
Woman gets jail, fines for making bootleg movies
A Kronenwetter woman was found guilty of making illegal copies of movies. Kimberly Maciaz waived her preliminary hearing and entered a no contest plea. Judge Vincent Howard found her guilty of manufacturing counterfeit DVD movies and selling them online. Kronenwetter Police raided...
December 26, 2012 - 12:19pm
Former sheriff's deputy sentenced for child porn
A former sergeant with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department will spend decades on the other side of the prison bars. Philip Wentzel, 41, was given a 40-year prison sentence yesterday for producing child pornography. The former law enforcement officer pleaded guilty in federal...
December 26, 2012 - 12:18pm
December 19, 2012
Judge says Chippewa may not hunt deer at night
For the second time in 13 years, a federal judge said no Dec. 17 to letting Chippewa Indians hunt deer at night in much of northern Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb said the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission overstepped its boundaries when it created a special night-time...
December 19, 2012 - 4:06pm
Suspect missing from early morning Verizon break-in
Hudson Police are looking for the person who threw a rock through a window at the Verizon store, 1027 Pearson Drive, stealing an undetermined amount of inventory. The incident happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday. HPD Chief Marty Jensen said the canine unit officer was in the Menard's...
news / business
December 19, 2012 - 9:41am
December 14, 2012
Man accused of molestation sues Polk Co. sheriff
A northwest Wisconsin man wants $4 million in damages after he was wrongly accused of molesting a child. Paul Burritt filed a civil suit against the Polk County Sheriff's Department and investigator Lisa Ditlefsen. Burritt, 61, claims that the investigator had a "reckless or intentional...
December 14, 2012 - 4:46pm
December 12, 2012
Data shows increase in heroin deaths
It was not all that long ago when Wisconsin's only heroin deaths were in the Milwaukee urban area. But Marathon County - where Wausau is located - has had three confirmed deaths this year from overdoses of heroin, and lab results are pending in a fourth case. County medical examiner...
December 12, 2012 - 4:47pm
December 5, 2012
Appeals court finds cook, not restaurant, liable for hairy steak
A diner who found human hair in a steak will not receive $125,000 in damages from the restaurant that served it. A state appeals court in Waukesha said the Texas Roadhouse in West Bend did nothing wrong and the blame should go to the offending cook. Kevin Hansen ordered a steak...
food / business /
December 5, 2012 - 3:15pm
Transgender prisoner sues state for a second time
A prisoner who sued for the right to have a sex-change operation now claims the state is not living up to the promises it made in settling that lawsuit. Scott Konitzer, 48, who has changed her name to Donna, has filed a new lawsuit in federal court, accusing the state Corrections...
government / life
December 5, 2012 - 3:14pm
Cigar store burglar gets a surprise
A New Richmond man is facing felony charges after he allegedly used a shovel to try and break into the St. Croix Cigar Co. on Second Street in the early morning hours on Tuesday. According to the police report, around 4 a.m. Goldyray D. Yeazle, 31, used the shovel to try to break...
news / government
December 5, 2012 - 2:23pm
November 30, 2012
Officials charge mother whose kids drank gasoline
A Dane County woman is charged with two counts of felony child neglect after her two-year-old daughter died from drinking gasoline and her four-year-old son got sick from it. Sheriff's detectives were planning to arrest 35-year-old Connie Hartmann of Marshall on the charges Nov....
November 30, 2012 - 11:20am
Landlord pays thousands in discrimination suit
The owner and manager of an apartment complex in La Crosse have agreed to pay over 57,000 to settle a federal discrimination suit. The U.S. Justice Department said the manager of Geneva Terrace told prospective African-American renters that apartments were not available, while telling...
November 30, 2012 - 11:18am
November 29, 2012
Lender asks for foreclosure on house where children died
The River Falls house in which a man allegedly killed his three young daughters last summer is in foreclosure. Last week, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul began foreclosure proceedings against Aaron Schaffhausen, Minot, N.D., now in the St. Croix County Jail. According...
government / business /
November 29, 2012 - 9:15am
November 28, 2012
Nov. 28, 2012: Traffic stop results in multi-drug bust
Three people face a total of 28 criminal charges, after a routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust in Merrill. Police said they stopped 23-year-old Cassiopia Conlin of Merrill late the night of Nov. 26 because the license plates did not match the vehicle they were on....
November 28, 2012 - 2:02pm
November 21, 2012
Judge will decide if cameras will be allowed during Schaffhausen murder trial
The father accused of killing his three young daughters in their River Falls home sat stone-faced and perfectly still at a two-hour hearing in St. Croix County Court on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Judge Howard Cameron heard a variety of motions filed by both the prosecution and the defense...
November 21, 2012 - 1:37pm
November 20, 2012
Accused killer Schaffhausen tried to sell River Falls family home
The family of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls tried selling the home where he used to live with his ex-wife - until she pleaded with a Realtor to stop the listing. Maria Verven of Edina Realty Realty told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the girls'...
November 20, 2012 - 8:38am