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It was pitch dark and only 28 degrees at 5:30 a.m. Saturday when Keith Bennett took up his annual post at the Cylon marsh to listen for and count sandhill cranes. In a two-hour period, the River Falls resident traveled to five different one-square-mile sites looking and listening for cranes in the Cylon Wildlife Area, which is about three miles northeast of Deer Park. Elsewhere Saturday morning in St.
David B. Norris, age 43 of New Richmond and formerly of Hudson, died unexpectedly on Saturday evening, March 17, 2007 at the Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. David was born in Hudson, Wis. on May 24, 1963 to Russell and Elizabeth "Betty" (Schaefer) Norris. David was the youngest of their seven children. He attended school in Hudson, and then WITC in New Richmond, earning his degree as an Automated Packaging Systems Technician. On Feb. 21, 1998, David married Andrea Blake, and their union in marriage was blessed with twin boys, Benjamin and Joseph.
Norman Meinke, age 80 of Alexandria, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the Knute-Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria, Minn. Norman Frederick Meinke was born on Oct. 19, 1926 in Somerset, Wis. to Carl and Emilia (Diethart) Meinke. He grew up and attended school in Somerset. Norman served his country as a fireman 1st Class in the United States Navy during World War II. He served on the USS LSM74, the USS Kershaw and the USS Sanborn.
Burnell J. Holman, age 73, of Baldwin died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 at his home. A funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond. A visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. before the service at the church. The interment will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.
A New Richmond man is the county's second traffic fatality of 2007 following a crash in the town of Hudson early Saturday and a Somerset woman was injured. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said Sheldon D. Weiss, 46, New Richmond, died at the scene of a two-car collision on County Road A just north of the intersection with County Rd. U at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 13. A 1994 Ford Mustang driven by Casey L. Wolff, 21, Somerset, was traveling south on County Road A and Weiss was driving a Chevrolet Aveo northbound when the two vehicles collided head-on and burst into flames, the sheriff said.
Cross-country ski lessons set Five more cross country ski lessons will be held this winter at Willow River State Park. The first was conducted last Saturday. Ski enthusiasts meet at the Nature Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about ski waxing, ski equipment and techniques and to do some dry land training. Bring your ski poles, some sturdy trail shoes and dress for the weather. There will be a $5 fee per lesson or you can become a member of the OWLs for $15 and attend all lessons for free. All levels and abilities are welcome; for ages 13 and up.
Search crews said they got another break over the weekend in their efforts to find Appleton native Christine Boskoff and another mountain climber in China. Last Friday, it was learned that a man from Chendu saw two people who looked like Boskoff and Charlie Fowler on a highway where the search was taking place. Now, rescuers have just finished searching luggage the pair left with a driver after a four-hour ride from Litang, China, in early November. The driver said Boskoff and Fowler were in good health when he left them.
Authorities say David Day, convicted sex offender, wanted out of prison so bad he planned to have five children killed unless the governor granted him a pardon. Day is accused of coming up with a plan to have his 12-year-old victim's mother kidnapped and killed unless the boy recanted his testimony. When cops got wind of that plot he switched to even more brutal tactics, planning to hire someone to kidnap the boy and his brothers and sisters and impale them unless the governor gave him a pardon and $1 million. Authorities say Day and his brother discussed the plot in code when his brother v
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team is now fourth in both major polls. The Badgers held steady in the new AP media survey released on Christmas Day and they moved up one spot to No. 4 in the coaches' poll from ESPN and USA Today. The Badgers are 12-1 overall, after trouncing Pacific by 36 over the weekend. They'll host Gardner-Webb Wednesday night. The Marquette men moved up one place to 20th in the AP poll, but the coaches dropped them one spot to 22nd. The Golden Eagles are 12-2, after a 20-point rout of Morgan State Friday night.
Terry Rudd, 58, of New Richmond, WI died suddenly wednesday, December 6, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at the United Methodist Church in New Richmond. Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at Beebe Mortuary in New Richmond, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in the Cylon Cemetery in Cylon Township. Memorials are preferred. Beebe Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.