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Convicted killer Aaron Schaffhausen will be sentenced next July. He pleaded guilty last month to killing his three daughters in River Falls, but had claimed his mental state meant he wasn't responsible. A jury disagreed. Each of the three counts of first-degree intentional homicide carries a life sentence. The judge will decide whether they are to be served consecutively or concurrently and whether he will be eligible for parole in 20 or more years. Yesterday the sentencing was set for 1 p.m.
A man who allegedly threatened prosecutors and witnesses during the three-week Aaron Schaffhausen murder trial has appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Joseph A. Rollag, 31, Andover, Minn., was ordered to post $2,500 cash bail April 15 on one felony count of threatening witnesses and misdemeanor charges of possession of a switchblade knife, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. Rollag pleaded innocent to all counts before Judge Scott Needham and a pre-trial conference was set for May 31.
Jonathan Lucroy and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs apiece, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the San Diego Padres, 6-3, for their ninth straight victory on Tuesday, April 23. After starting the season 2-8, the Brewers have won nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game run from Aug. 19-28, 2003. Ryan Braun and Jean Segura each had an RBI for the Brewers, who have won the first two games of the three-game set. Starter Yovani Gallardo (2-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks over 6 2/3 innings.
The Green Bay Packers are making their final preparations for this week's NFL draft, which will begin Thursday night. Green Bay will select 26th in the first round, with subsequent overall selections at 55, 88, 122, 159, 167, 193 and 232. Former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February, will announce the team's second and third-round selections from the podium in New York City. The Packers are inviting fans to come to Lambeau Field for the draft.
Registration for the Hudson School District's American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program is this Saturday, April 27, from 8-11 a.m. at the Hudson Middle School gym. The middle school doors will not be opened until 7 a.m. on Saturday. Fees are $20 per student per two-week session for levels 1-6. The Waders 1, 2, and 3 levels are $30 per session. The Waders 3 class is for children ages 4-5 years old that have not completed kindergarten yet, but are ready to work on Level 1 skills.
A Minnesota construction company is asking a federal judge to grant an injunction to stop work on the new St. Croix River bridge project. CS McCrossan Construction says its bid was illegally rejected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Last February that company was named the apparent low bidder on the project worth more than $52 million. That bid was later rejected when the agency said McCrossan hadn't made what it called "good faith efforts" to work with woman- and minority-owned businesses. Two companies, including Lunda Construction of Black River Falls, are doing the work.
Wisconsin's governor returned home from a trade mission Monday and already has a $200 million transaction completed. Wisconsin-grown ginseng will be sold to one of China's largest medicine companies. Gov. Scott Walker said the 10-day trip is already producing tangible results. There is said to be a second deal being worked on to sell animal feed products to a Chinese dairy company. That one could be as big as the ginseng deal. Walker said there is a growing market for Wisconsin-made products like Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
This year marked a significant change for the Hudson High prom attendees and their escorts. Prom was moved off campus. Parents, friends and relatives were able to purchase tickets for the Grand March and coronation which was held in the school's auditorium.
Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson used to be known as the man who only trades down on draft day, with the goal of getting more picks. Thompson says he still believes it's a good strategy to nail down a good player. But as he enters his ninth NFL Draft next week, Thompson says he's also putting more of an emphasis on quality up the ladder.
A Hudson woman was taken to a Twin Cities hospital as the result of a fire at her townhouse at 1437 Tall Grass Street on Sunday just before noon. The home is occupied by Shane Thorsen and Antoinette Smith. Smith was at home at the time of the fire and was coming out the residence when firefighters arrived. She was transported to Regions Hospital for treatment by St Croix EMS. The Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Police Department, and St Croix EMS responded to the call and found heavy smoke pouring out of the residence.