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Military members returning home from overseas assignments can count on a warm greeting from a group of mothers in Hudson who are close to the subject. Hudson Military Moms, a nearly two-year old group, is made up of mothers with sons and daughters on active military duty. They most recently held a bratwurst and hot dog fundraiser at the downtown Freedom station over a weekend in May to support their cause. "We expected to raise a couple hundred dollars," said Maggie Coulson, whose daughter Diedre, a 2007 Hudson High School graduate, is a Navy helicopter pilot.
One year after the tragic deaths of three young sisters in River Falls, their father, who was convicted of killing them, was sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. Circuit Court Judge Howard W. Cameron handed down three consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole for Aaron Schaffhausen in the three homicide convictions. Schaffhausen also received a 20-year sentence in a related attempted arson conviction.
Previous weather conditions may have caused stress to pine trees in the area and apparently promoted a die-off.
If you forgot enough life jackets or don't have a throw-type flotation device on board when you launch into the St. Croix River at Lakefront Park in Hudson, have no fear. A new life jacket loaner station went up over the Memorial Day weekend. Boaters may borrow a PFD in a variety of sizes and return it without charge. The loaner station was provided through a DNR grant and the labor of Double Good 4-H club from the Baldwin-Woodville area who assembled the project at home. Deputy Tim Kufus, who is starting his second year on water patrol for the St.
A resolution to privatize St. Croix Industries stalled on the floor and was postponed until August following a wave of citizen response at the county board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. The move followed about an hour of public comment from some 21 citizens, all of whom supported the SCI program and its reputation for excellence over nearly four decades. Many had children in the program. The proposed resolution developed because SCI was operating at a loss over the last two years.
The expansion and upgrade of a new 911 center at the St. Croix County Government Center is underway with the selection of an architectural firm to draw up plans. "Wold Architects and Engineers of St, Paul has been selected to draw up the plans," said Casey Swetlik, Emergency Support Services (ESS) director, during a discussion in his office last week. "Bids for a construction partner were to go out in June and we expect construction to start in early August." The current dispatch center occupies 440 square feet and hasn't changed since the Government Center was built in 1993, said Swetlik.
A couple of hard winters on the family dairy farm and Neil Paulson decided to pursue another career. The epiphany came at a particularly severe moment.
The role of mother as solely homemaker has changed over the last few decades and working mothers represent a majority in American households. Women now routinely seek to balance the coinciding demands of the workforce and raising children. Investigator Brandie Hart of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department has been able to balance the two obligations since the birth of her son five and one-half years ago and is about to add another number to the equation. Hart, 37, is expecting her second child in late summer.
The defense called experts and a former co-worker from his construction job in North Dakota to testify about Aaron Schaffhausen's battle with depression and other issues Friday morning. The testimony kicked off the fifth day of the insanity portion of Schaffhausen's trial.
Jessica Schaffhausen took the stand for most of the morning Thursday and continued in the afternoon in the trial of her ex-husband, Aaron Schaffhausen, convicted of killing their three daughters. Jessica Schaffhausen, 33, answered questions by public defender John Kucinski in the insanity phase of the trial that began this week. She was stoic as the testimony droned on and broke down only when recalling the events when her three children were murdered in their River Falls home July 10. She recalled the phone message she received when Aaron called and said he had "killed the kids." I told h