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Two Somerset sisters face up to 40 years in jail for allegedly sexually torturing a teenage male with a pair of pliers and forcing him to drink urine. Valerie Bartkey, 24, and Amanda Johnson, 17, of Somerset have been charged with second-degree sexual assault by force and misdemeanor counts of battery and damage to property. Johnson is also charged with a misdemeanor count of intimidating a victim. They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the sexual assault felony. The 18-year-old man told police the assault took place on Oct. 1, 2011 in Somerset.
A recent survey conducted with a scientific sample of 400 St. Croix Valley voters indicates 86 percent of residents in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota favor replacement of the ailing Stillwater lift bridge with a modern, four-laned version that would soar between the bluffs at Oak Park Heights and Houlton. The survey was apparently commissioned by the Coalition for the St.
A Somerset woman is dead following an accident along County Road H west of Star Prairie. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the one-vehicle incident at the Cedar Creek bridge along the roadway at around 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT was found completely submerged and only the rear axle of the vehicle was visible from the roadway, according to St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. Ryan A Nelson, 30, Somerset, was westbound on County Road H when the vehicle struck a guardrail and overturned, coming to rest in Cedar Creek.
Former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk announced this morning that she will run for governor in a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. Falk made the announcement in an email message to supporters. "One million Wisconsinites signed recall petitions in an unprecedented and inspiring show of solidarity and determination: Things are not working here and we must, we can, and we will do better," Falk wrote. She won election four times as county executive in Dane County.
Emergency responders were on the scene of Mega Bus versus semi-truck crash at about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, on I-94 just east of the Baldwin exit. A van was also involved in the crash. Although one individual in a semi-rig, ditched in the median, had to be extricated from a damaged tractor, he was said to be uninjured. Ambulances from Baldwin, Hudson and River Falls were summoned to check out people on the bus, who were said to have suffered some neck pain.
Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) endorsed the St. Croix River Crossing project and said that she will vote for federal legislation that will permit construction of the new bridge. Baldwin met with members of the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing over the weekend and toured the existing Stillwater Lift Bridge.
St. Croix Economic Development Corporation will host its third annual legislative forum with St. Croix County's four state legislators 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Cashman Conference Center on the WITC campus in New Richmond. Area lawmakers expected to attend include Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls; Rep. John Murtha, R-Baldwin; Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson; and Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie. Public and private sector members of St. Croix EDC, county residents and business people are invited to attend and participate.
A memorial service for Alicia M. Bader, 25, will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29th at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., Monday, at Bakken-Young's Beebe Chapel in New Richmond. Ms. Bader died Thursday, Nov. 24th, after her car failed to negotiate a curve on CTH A, south of New Richmond city limits. According to her obituary, she attended Elk Mount High School before graduating from New Richmond High School in 2005. She earned her certified nursing assistant certificate and worked a variety of jobs in health care.
MADISON - Among more than 600,000 hunters who headed afield Saturday morning for Wisconsin's annual gun-deer opener, more than one in six were successful by Sunday evening. A preliminary call-in tally showed hunters registered 112,581 deer over the two day period. "As I listened to deer hunters over the opening weekend, there is a lot of excitement about the changes implemented this year; particularly the fact that hunters are no longer required to harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting their first buck in the CWD zone," said DNR Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson.
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today (Thursday) overwhelmingly approved a bill, sponsored by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's, that would allow the new St. Croix River Crossing at Stillwater to be constructed. The day's approval, with just two of the 22 committee members voting against it, means the measure will now head to the U.S. Senate floor for consideration. An identical bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Minnesota U.S. Rep.