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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.
Driving into Hudson from Minnesota a traveler looking at the bluff on the north side of the I-94 bridge may notice a prominent house with white trim overlooking the river. The traveler may speculate that the house includes a fabulous view of the river and a wide expanse of the western horizon. For that very reason, the spot was a particular favorite of a member of one of the old established families in Hudson...Anita North. The late Star-Observer publisher Willis H.
An Illinois man has been charged with a crime for aiming a laser pointer at a helicopter last weekend near Somerset and will probably face federal charges. George A. Lubertozzi, 32, Bolingbrook, Ill., posted a $5,000 signature bond Monday on one count of reckless endangerment. The St. Croix County sheriff's report said Lubertozzi was arrested at 1:12 a.m. Sunday at River's Edge campground near Somerset after a Life Link helicopter traveling from Regions hospital in St.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department is looking for information on two men and a pickup truck used in an attempted robbery last week. Captain Scott Knudson said a grey, older Chevrolet pickup probably late 1990s with a black topper is suspected involved in an incident about 8 a.m. Thursday in the Bass Lake area. "Two males tried the door of a residence then came in through the window," said Knudson.
St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell experienced crush of citizens at the service counter last week as customers piled in to beat a price hike on passport materials. "It was a surprise on Monday (July 12)," she said. Traffic had been building over the previous few days as the deadline approached. On July 13, the cost of an adult passport jumped from $100 to $135 for renewal and the cost for minors (under 16) rose from $85-$100. The clerk's office took in five passport applications on July 6 then 10 the next day, 14 on July 8 and 19 on Friday of the week.
Out east of town over the Hudson township line, a sizeable group of volunteers gathered last weekend to construct and finish instruments in the first Guitars for Vets program in the area. George Vondriska, owner, chief instructor and creator of Wild Earth Woodworking School, offered his place for the Friday and Saturday sessions. The St. Croix Masonic Lodge No. 56 of Hudson helped organize the event that included food, beverages and entertainment area under a large tent. By 5 p.m.