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The start of the football season is just around the corner, and by THE football season I mean the NFL and specifically the start of the Green Bay Packers' schedule. The team started as the Packers, named after the Indian Packing Co. who provided the jerseys in 1919, but the NFL wasn't established until 1920 and the Packers joined the league in 1921. By my count, they are in their 10th decade and second century of professional football. I have always had an interest in sports history particularly football history which has significance in Wisconsin.
At one time in his young life, John Burk Stringfellow was probably considered a candidate for residency in the county jail before he had a chance to live in a college dormitory. But the Hudson native made a turnaround in his senior year in high school and 13 years later he has accepted a partial scholarship to Oxford's Pembroke College in England for post-graduate work. Stringfellow credits a change of venue in his senior year in high school and joining the U.S.
Separate preliminary hearings for two Hudson teens charged with felony sexploitation and sex assault for allegedly using a cell phone to video record a sexual encounter with an inebriated girl last fall bogged down Tuesday. Daniel Edward Karlovich, 17, was scheduled first at 8:30 a.m. followed by Brandon W. Brown, 17, at 10 a.m. but the plans hit a snag. Karlovich's hearing didn't get underway until about 9 a.m. and was still going at 11 a.m. when his attorney, Aaron Nelson, called for a break. At that point Judge Scott Needham rescheduled Brown's preliminary for 8 a.m. Aug.
Nothing is quite as sweet as honey, especially from your own back yard. Jenny and Fred Hauser have discovered this to be true through eight years of tending to their own beehives. Hauser Apiaries in the town of St. Joseph just north of Hudson is their labor of love. And the fruits of the honeybees and Hauser's labor have developed quite a following, especially with the good growing season the area has enjoyed this summer. "We got 30 gallons from our first extraction and sold out," said Jenny during a tour of their hive area in the back of their pleasant rural homestead.
A man accused in the murder of his three young daughters was bound over for trial in St. Croix County Circuit Court Tuesday morning. Judge Scott Needham found probable cause that Aaron Schaffhausen committed a felony and set an arraignment hearing for Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. when he will enter a plea. Schaffhausen, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the July 10 deaths of daughters Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecelia, 5, at their River Falls residence. He appeared in an orange jail suit in handcuffs and showed no emotion through the hour and one half hearing.
Andy Larson has seen a bit of the world since leaving the class of 2008 at Hudson High School. After graduation, he took a little time off to contemplate his future and do some snowboarding in Colorado. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010. He was home on leave last week after spending seven months at sea with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and talked about his transformation from snowboarder to Leatherneck in a telephone conversation. "I always wanted to be in the military, but my parents didn't want it," he said.
New Richmond native Don Gillen always wanted to go to law school and had an affinity for accounting. The two interests worked out quite well in the pursuit of his career goals. "I wanted to go to law school as far back as when I was a student in high school," said Gillen, 56, who has taken over the St. Croix County Corporation Counsel position after working 23 years in the department. "I liked accounting and I wanted to finish law school debt free," he said during a conversation in his office last week. He accomplished his mission.
A man charged with murder in the deaths of his three young daughters in a gruesome incident at a River Falls residence July 10 made an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court late last week. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5. An autopsy report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office said Amara and Sophie died from sharp force injuries to the right side of their necks.
Ellen Denzer, St. Croix County's Planning and Zoning director, started out on a different career path. The Ellsworth native earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from UW-River Falls after graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1980.