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Forty-two young fishermen from Wisconsin and northern Illinois came together to fish the St. Croix River on Saturday to compete for the state title in three age groups. Hawksford caught five fish, which weighed netted a total weight of 12.99 pounds. Tyler Miller of Prescott placed second in the 15-18 age group and Pat Bowers of Hudson took third in the 15-18 age class. The 11-14 age category was also won by a local fisherman.
Hudson will be the site for the 2011 Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Federation junior state fishing tournament this Saturday. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning on the St. Croix River. Boats are scheduled to depart from the public landing at Hudson's Lakefront Park. The weigh-in to decide the state champion will be held at Lakefront Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday. A meeting for all of the tournament entrants will be held at 7 p.m.
SPOONER - Biologists say conditions are ripe for fish disease outbreaks and fish kills on lakes in Polk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties during the next few weeks. Reports of small fish kills on various Polk County lakes started coming in this past week, officials said. The cause is a bacterium called Columnaris, which infects fish species only and is not a risk to humans.
Wisconsin residents may not be too concerned about the possible Minnesota state government shut-down that could occur July 1 without a budget compromise. But there appears to be at least one negative impact from such a shut-down that could make local commuters squirm. Stillwater's lift bridge, which carries approximately 18,000 vehicles across the St. Croix River each day, could be closed to motorists if government workers are laid off.
U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced bipartisan legislation on Friday to move the St. Croix Bridge project forward. The proposed measure would exempt the project from the Wild and Scenic Riverway Act that protects the St. Croix from development that would harm the environment or viewshed, thus allowing for the bridge construction. Franken's support of the project was the biggest news of the day.
The front seat passenger and driver of a Crown Victoria died due to injuries from a one-vehicle accident at about 11:48 p.m. Saturday, May 21, near St. Croix Falls. The driver, Jesse L. Smith, 32, Amery, was westbound on Highway 8 near Sunset View Drive when drove off the paved portion of the road on the north shoulder. The driver attempted to take corrective action but lost control of the vehicle.
In a ruling made public Tuesday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed a decision by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell and ordered that the Central St. Croix Rod & Gun Club range in the town of Rush River be permanently closed. The neighbors brought a trespass and nuisance action against the club seeking a permanent injunction against the use of firearms on the property -- both by the current owners or anyone else in the future. The range, located on the east side of Hwy.
A 49-year-old St. Paul, Minn. man, Richard P. Paul, died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 46 in Polk County Sunday, May 8. The Polk County Sheriff's office was dispatched to the scene of a crash on Highway 46 near the intersection of County Road CC at 10:23 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several Wisconsin and Minnesota residents offered testimony as the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee held a hearing this morning on HR 850, a bill to facilitate a proposed crossing over the St.
A police report made public Monday alleges New Richmond Mayor Fred Horne was discovered cavorting with a woman in a basement exercise area at city hall around 2 a.m. Tuesday, April 12. The report also alleges Horne had been drinking and he allegedly questioned whether it was the officer's business that he was visiting the Civic Center in the middle of the night. Neither Horne nor his companion were cited or detained. Reports about the incident were reviewed by City Attorney Ron Siler and subsequently referred to Council President Jim Zajkowski, according to police Lt.