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Marilyn Park was looking forward to some stress relief last weekend. The 62-year-old Milwaukee native retired from 29 years of service to St. Croix County including the last 24 in the district attorney's office. "I want to stand up Saturday morning and watch the stress drip off me," she said on her final day on the job last Friday. Her other early priority was to catch up on sleep.
Opening day of archery deer season could have an added extra for Boudy Vier. The 29-year-old Hudsonite and his hunting partner, Larry Boggess of Prescott, are among the top 20 teams vying for the 10 final spots in Battle of the B.O.W., which will document their season on film for a show on the Sportsman cable channel. "It's a new challenge. I'm both excited and nervous," said Vier about the prospects of making the final cut and then appearing on TV. The top 10 teams of two hunters will be chosen following video interviews of each on Aug. 28.
A more than year-long dispute between a homeowner's trampoline location and a homeowner's association in the town of Troy has been settled without a trial. Judge Edward F. Vlack dismissed the case at the request of both parties Aug. 9, court records said.
The Nina and Pinta, two replicas of ships that sailed with Christopher Columbus when he crossed the ocean blue in 1492 and ultimately found the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola and the West Indies, moored on the dike road docks in Hudson last week. They were available for public viewing from Aug. 6 through Aug. 15, then set out for the next stop early Monday. The Nina made a trip to Hudson in 2005 and I went aboard to do a story then.
Two-thirds of the original Christopher Columbus fleet that set out for the New World in 1492, in replica, moored at the Walnut Street docks in Hudson last week. The Nina and Pinta steamed in rather than sailed and pulled up alongside the Grand Duchess. When the ships were secured, the crew made ready to accept visitors through Aug. 15. It's the second trip to Hudson for the Nina. She appeared at the same dock in August 2005.
It was almost like coming home when Kristen Sailer took over as Emergency Management Coordinator in the St. Croix County Government Center June 21. The 35-year-old River Falls resident had worked since 2000 for the State of Minnesota in positions for Emergency Management and Homeland Security that put her in touch with federal programs such as FEMA. The job included a daily commute to downtown St. Paul. "I'm excited for the challenge in St. Croix County and to be working close to home," she said during a conversation in her office last week.
Although light years from action, plans for upgrades and replacements at the New Richmond campus of Health and Human Services dominated discussion at the St.
The Nina, right, and Pinta, pulled into to port in Hudson Thursday afternoon. The two Columbus Ships are available for public tours Friday through Sunday Aug. 15. They are scheduled to leave Hudson Monday, Aug. 16.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Somerset man in connection with an inter-state theft operation that included off-road vehicles. U.S. Attorney Stephen P. Sinnott said Chad Alan Wyttenbach, 35, is charged in a 10-count indictment with conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen vehicles and interstate transportation of stolen goods. The jury returned the indictments July 22. Wyttenbach has been summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Madison Aug. 9. A trial was set for Nov.
George Anthony Lubertozzi was booked into the St. Croix County Jail on a reckless endangerment charge July 25 for allegedly shining a laser pointer at a Life Link helicopter from a campground near Somerset. Since then the FBI has taken over the case and the U.S. District Attorney in Madison is interested in prosecuting the matter, Chief Sheriff's Deputy John Shilts said. The 32-year-old Lubertozzi of Bolingbrook, Ill., was free on a $5,000 signature bond and due to make another appearance in court Aug. 23.