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Tony Koshenina's special day came 48 hours after his 89th birthday this year. Koshenina and 99 other World War II veterans took the Twin Cities Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., May 22 for a tour of a number of monuments including some special war memorials. The Twin Cities Honor Flight was sponsored by Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Charity and was free to the veterans. "I can't say enough about the Vietnam veterans and how they handled the trip," said Koshenina, reflecting on his experience in his Roberts residence.
There are new penalties in Wisconsin drunken driving laws and the most significant are primarily aimed at teenage offenders and those with multiple infractions. The new restrictions go into effect July 1, just in time for Independence Day weekend celebrations. "I can see an increase in criminal cases for the county," said Lori Meyer, clerk of court. One major increase in the penalties, a first offense drunken driving charge with a child age 16 in the car, has been increased from a traffic offense to a misdemeanor, thus making it a crime.
Current Chief Deputy and veteran peace officer John Shilts is making his bid for sheriff in the fall election. Shilts, 48, announced last week he will seek the office. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead has announced he will retire after his current term expires at the end of the year. "Law enforcement has been my life's work and I would be honored to serve the citizens of St. Croix County," he said.
The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident in which a dog was shot in the chest with an arrow and attempting to find the suspected archer. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said a resident of the town of Somerset reported he discovered a dog with an arrow stuck in its chest standing underneath his deck at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, when he let his own dog out. The sheriff's report said the dog, a boxer, was alert and standing but appeared in a lot of pain.
A former town of Kinnickinnic man received a 20-year sentenced Thursday morning in convictions for possession of child pornography and sex assault of a child. Craig F. Ahlman, 43, Minnetonka, Minn., pleaded guilty to the felony charges in a plea bargain Dec. 11. Judge Eric J. Lundell accepted the recommendation of ADA Kathryn Grosdidier in handing down the sentence. Defense attorney John J.
Tony Koshenina is gearing up for a whirlwind flight to Washington D.C. and back at the end of May. He will be traveling on a Freedom Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial with a group of fellow veterans. Koshenina, 88, served in the Army on a hospital ship in the Philippines in World War II although he had been trained as a military policeman. "I went through two weeks of MP school, had a furlough then was sent to Manila," Koshenina said during a conversation in his Roberts residence.
You have a broken down lawn or garden tractor that has seen much better days. Or maybe one has been quietly relegated to that mystery area behind the garage where its doubtful status will be considered at a later date. Have no fear, Robert Sparbel is here. Sparbel, a town of Hudson resident and professional lawn mower racer with a number of trophies to his credit, will pick up broken, discarded and junked riding lawn mower type vehicles at no charge. "I build race lawn mowers, most of the mowers I build into racers were in some way, shape or form donated by someone that either just go a ne
Art is in the eye the beholder, it is said, and for documentary photographer Carl Corey there's plenty of folk art in taverns throughout the state. "The tavern is unique to the state," Corey, 55, said during a recent conversation at his studio just outside Burkhardt. "Pennsylvania is similar." Corey, who came to the Hudson area via Chicago and a pass through Los Angeles, worked on the project last winter.
Dennis Hillstead has announced his intentions to bow out of the next election for St. Croix County Sheriff after 12 years in the position. In the meantime, the county has been asked by the outgoing sheriff to steadily increase the salary for the position in each of the next four years to make the job attractive to qualified candidates. The current salary for 2010 set for the county's top lawman is $80,225. "I would recommend a two percent increase in each of the (next) four years be approved," Hillstead said in a letter to the finance committee members dated March 3.
The North Hudson Board of Trustees accepted the preliminary village engineer's report on street and storm sewer improvements on 10th St. N and gave the OK to send out bid requests Tuesday following a public hearing. Engineer Kevin Oium said the 3,139-foot project would include along 10th St. N. from Michaelson St. N. to Sommers St. N and then east along Sommers Street 250 feet at an estimated cost of $149,750.