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Slick roads, speed result in accidents Thursday morning
New laws allow use of marijuana oil extract, forbid transferring kids to non-relatives; Some areas get 14-15 inches of snow; more state news briefs
Hospital chiefs hopeful, vigilant on U.S. critical-access debate
No-wake boating restriction in effect on St. Croix River
Weather-weary north may get up to 16 inches; Motor-trolling may become legal statewide, more state news
crime and courts
Raiders baseball team looks to defend Big Rivers Conference title
Raider girls' soccer team sets stage for success
Alex Herink leaves his mark on Raider basketball program
Raiders shine at first two indoor track and field meets
Local deer herd status on agenda at April 14th spring hearings
Breakfast at the fire hall
Click to print our coloring contest
‘The Fox on the Fairway’ playing at The Phipps
Nataliya Dorweiler’s long Ukrainian odyssey
Kids' Karnival is Saturday; fire department breakfast, Sunday
arts and entertainment
Jeffrey T. VanSomeren, 47
June Wisner, 80
Phyllis (Gausman) Fink, 89
Joseph J. Halpin, 80
Barbara C. Rohl
CITY OF HUDSON: New Ordinance 3-14 (Brewpubs, etc. zoning)
REPLEVIN SUMMONS: Santander v. Michael T. Goggin; Case No. 14-SC-327
SUMMONS: Capital One v. Charles R. Dow; Case No. 14-SC-92
WILLOW RIVER CEMETERY ASSOC: 4/30/14 Annual Meeting Notice
TOWN OF TROY: Public Hearing & Review - Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Doug's Diggings: Farewell, Jon
Our View: County election shows citizen’s power
Our View: Records lawsuit ruling shouldn’t be appealed
Our View: Important decisions to be made in Tuesday’s election
Pastoral Reflections: A farewell to Hudson - Rev. Brian Ferguson
May 14, 2013
Body found along the St. Croix in Lakeland
A badly decomposed body was found on the shore of the St. Croix River in Lakeland, Minn. on Tuesday, May 14 around 11:30 a.m. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the body was reported found near the 900 block of Quentin Ave. S.. Deputies found the body and reported...
May 14, 2013 - 3:19pm
SCC mourns loss of students
The St. Croix Central School District is mourning the loss of two high school students. According to a statement by high school Principal Glen Webb on the district's website, sophomore Erika Borgstrom, 16, and senior Dakotah Coach, 18, took their own lives in the early morning hours...
May 14, 2013 - 9:06am
May 13, 2013
NGI plea expected in school arson case
The man accused of setting fire to a Roberts school will likely enter a not guilty by reason of insanity plea, said his attorney Monday (May 13). During a brief hearing Monday afternoon, St.
May 13, 2013 - 4:31pm
May 8, 2013
Bill limiting junk-food purchases with food stamps passes Assembly; Heroin use spikes in mid-Wisconsin; more state news
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. The...
news / government
May 8, 2013 - 9:07am
May 6, 2013
Officials aim to control Stillwater bridge lifts to avoid congestion; Passenger dog found after owner dies in semi crash; more briefs
Officials in Stillwater, Minn., hope to avoid traffic congestion in their downtown by putting new limits on the times a lift bridge to Wisconsin can go up and down to accommodate boats. Under current rules, the Stillwater Lift Bridge can move up to 22 times on weekdays and 21 times...
May 6, 2013 - 9:28am
May 3, 2013
Accused arsonist arrested, charged
Bond was set at $100,000 cash Friday afternoon for a 24-year-old Roberts man charged with setting the fire that caused $1.5 million in damage to the St. Croix Central Elementary School Tuesday. Justin W. Nelson, 46 Frank St., Roberts, was arrested late Thursday afternoon by Roberts...
May 3, 2013 - 3:03pm
St. Paul man identified as likely scam artist
A man that has been frequenting Hudson stores in recent weeks asking people for gas money appears to have been identified. Police caught up with the 29-year-old St. Paul man at Family Fresh Market after an employee of Hudson County Market reported that he had been there asking for...
crime and courts / news
May 3, 2013 - 10:11am
Our View: The system worked in the Schaffhausen trial
Now that the Aaron Schaffhausen trial is complete, we believe those associated with the trial in St. Croix County should be recognized. This trial represented one of -- if not the most -- heinous crimes ever seen in western Wisconsin. We are still amazed that the trial and story...
opinion / editorials
May 3, 2013 - 10:02am
May 2, 2013
Suspect arrested in SCC school fire
Roberts Police Chief Dan Burgess announced Thursday evening (May 2) that a suspect has been arrested following the investigation of the St. Croix Central Elementary School fire. Burgess made the announcement at a community meeting held by the St. Croix Central School District to...
May 2, 2013 - 10:28pm
May 1, 2013
Feds involved in Roberts school fire investigation; $5,000 reward offered for arsonist's arrest
The upper Midwest field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Wednesday that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that caused an estimated $1.5 million...
May 1, 2013 - 4:43pm
Despite expected snow, wildfire risk remains high; search resumes for missing Chippewa canoeists; state lawmakers busy Tuesday
As Wisconsin gets more snow and rain Wednesday, 10 counties remain at a very high risk for wildfires and only Vilas County has a low fire danger. Catherine...
news / politics / outdoors
May 1, 2013 - 8:21am
UPDATE: Public's help sought in fire investigation
ROBERTS -- Officials with the St. Croix Central School District say extensive fire damage at the Roberts elementary school will prevent it from reopening before the end of the school year. By Monday, district leaders expect to have a plan as to how youngsters will finish out the year. Fire...
news / education
May 1, 2013 - 6:05am
April 30, 2013
Renters beware: there's a new scam afoot
The Hudson Police Department wants the public to be aware of an internet scam that has been reported by several residents over the past few days. According to Chief Marty Jensen, people have reported seeing listings on Craig's List for homes and townhomes available for rent in Hudson....
April 30, 2013 - 10:55am
April 25, 2013
Randy's Ramblings: Grifter takes advantage of people's generosity
I'd rather report the news than be a part of it. Nevertheless, the line got blurred for me on Wednesday of last week. After the morning staff meeting to semi-plan this week's Star-Observer, I stopped by the Walmart store to pick up a few items from the shopping list on our refrigerator...
opinion / columns
April 25, 2013 - 10:32am
April 24, 2013
Andover man appears in St. Croix court over threats at Schaffhausen murder trial
A man who allegedly threatened prosecutors and witnesses during the three-week Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial has appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Joseph A. Rollag, 31, Andover, Minn., was ordered to post $2,500 cash bail April 15 on one felony count of threatening...
crime and courts / news
April 24, 2013 - 2:10pm