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Two vehicles collided just after 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and County Road N in the town of Kinnickinnic, injuring one driver and killing a horse. According to a Wisconsin State Patrol press release, Joann Nova Yahnke, 32, of Prior Lake, Minn., was driving a 2006 Dodge pickup hauling a horse trailer. Mark John Blair, 54, of Lowry, Minn. was driving a 1990 Kenworth semi loaded with a 'wide load' tractor. As Yahnke turned east onto County Rd. N from Hwy. 65, Blair's eastbound semi failed to stop at the stop sign on County Rd. N at Hwy. 65.
Black smoke and the smell of burning rubber filled the air around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning as flames consumed a red, Chevrolet SUV parked on the east side of Hwy. 12 just north of I-94 at exit 4. Witnesses on scene said they saw fire in the vehicle's front-tire wheel wells then noticed a man running down the roadside hill toward the TA Travel Center truck stop. A St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at the scene first, blocking cars from moving northbound on Hwy. 12 and from turning that way from the I-94 exit ramp.
Nine local organizations will team up to hold a summit 7:30 a.m.-noon May 21 at the Bethel Highlands Lutheran Church, 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, because they see the evidence of hunger and homelessness on the rise in both Pierce and St. Croix counties. Bethel Lutheran Church, Two Rivers Community Land Trust, St Croix Valley Community Foundation, United Way of St. Croix Valley, West Cap, Salvation Army, St.
Members of the Kinnickinnic Cemetery Association agree that the old graveyard, once known as the Hillside Cemetery, not only provides a final resting place for the dead but also many interesting stories and a special kind of getaway for the living. The volunteers love coming there, working there and keeping it nice. They enjoy the peace of it. Each gravestone tells a tale - it may be of a man who married a woman 40 years younger and died a few years later.
Many people agree on counting the Kinnickinnic River as a precious local resource. Few people think of the "Kinni" as being part of the St. Croix River Basin watershed, but a Thursday, April 16, conference spotlights the basin. The 10th annual St. Croix Basin Protection Conference takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UW-River Falls University Center. This year's tagline: "Protecting the St. Croix River Basin, the Plan to Reduce Phosphorus by 100 Tons -- What's YOUR Input?" Attendees pay $50 and must pre-register by Tuesday, April 7, at http://uwebe.encumpus.com .
A seven-year veteran of the River Falls Police Department, Denton Anderson will be wearing a different uniform soon. The 29-year-old former Hudson resident and 1998 graduate of Hudson High School, is in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has orders to active duty in the Middle East at the end of March. "It's been very humbling, the outpouring of support," said Anderson. His wife Muffi, also a Navy reservist, agrees. "The support from the town has been amazing." The two met in 2005 during basic training. Now they're married, have a 2-year-old son, Quentin, and live in River Falls.
Local nursery owner and avid snow sportsman Clayton Juelfs said, "I've been skiing at Afton Alps for 44 years." The 51-year-old started at an early age and said at one time he had such intense ski fever he spent the night in a parking lot waiting for the slopes to open in the morning. He and his ski buddies agree that if "your boots have a chance to dry out, you're not skiing enough." To Juelfs' disappointment, his boots will be bone dry the next time he puts them on. He broke both legs in a snowboarding accident Feb. 4.
Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said two teenage boys, one 14 and one 15, admitted to setting the Aug. 20 fire in an unattached garage located at 436 Red Brick Road in the town of Troy. The boys confessed to that crime as well as to breaking into the house and vandalizing parts of it. "It just took a little while to gather information," the sheriff said. People speculated at the time of the fire that the controversy surrounding the property may have prompted wrongdoing at the address.
Flames inside a detached garage at 436 Red Brick Road in Troy brought firefighters and other emergency crews to battle what started as "smoke spotted" and progressed to "flames visible." The initial call came to emergency dispatchers at 11:41 Wednesday morning. Fire consumed or blackened most of the small structure. Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said firefighters axed down the walls because the fire was spreading inside them. When firefighters cleared the scene nearly two hours later, none of the garage walls still stood.
"The need for housing is certainly going to continue," said Bob Jeffrey, a St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Board member. Jeffrey and other board members have turned their attention toward growing the local organization. The 12-year-old local branch of Habitat has helped 33 families since it started. Six homes sprung up in 2007, three of those thanks to partnerships with Thrivent Builds Homes, a program of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.