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Roberts Police Chief Dan Burgess announced Thursday evening (May 2) that a suspect has been arrested following the investigation of the St. Croix Central Elementary School fire. Burgess made the announcement at a community meeting held by the St. Croix Central School District to update parents and community members on plans to resume classes. "I normally get to be a downer and tell you what you need to be worried about," Burgess said, "but tonight I get the experience to tell you what you need to not be worried about." At 5 p.m.
A 45-year-old Stacy, Minn., man is dead and a 48-year-old Illinois man is injured following a two-vehicle crash along I-94 at around 12:55 a.m. Thursday, May 2. The crash, at mile marker 35, was located six miles west of Menomonie. Due to the location of the accident, an alternate route was implemented sending eastbound traffic north on Hwy. 128, east on Hwy 12 to the city of Menomonie where they returned to I-94. The driver of a 1998 Volvo, John Philippi, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dunn County Medical Examiner. Philippi drove for Logistics Services Inc.
The upper Midwest field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Wednesday that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire that caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage to the St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts early Tuesday morning. Scott D. Sweetow, special agent in charge of the St.
After a Tuesday, April 30, fire closed St. Croix Central Elementary, district officials have been searching for a place to hold classes for the remainder of the school year. District Superintendent David Bradley said the district has identified Rolling Ridges Girl Scout Camp, located at 965 Alexander Road, Hudson. The camp is approximately 6 miles northwest of Roberts. Bradley said the plan is for students to begin classes at Rolling Ridges on Monday, May 6.
In response to the recent fire that has closed St. Croix Central Elementary School in Roberts, WESTconsin Credit Union offices are participating in a community supply drive. According to news sources, district officials are in process of identifying alternative facilities to hold classes for the remainder of the school year. More than 600 students kindergarten through fourth grade attend St. Croix Central Elementary. Now through Saturday, May 4, WESTconsin offices are collecting cash and school supplies from the public to help the school and families get through the end of the school year.
As Wisconsin gets more snow and rain Wednesday, 10 counties remain at a very high risk for wildfires and only Vilas County has a low fire danger. Catherine Koele of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the late winter has alleviated some of the dry conditions normally seen this time of year but with temperatures in the 70's and 80's this week, more wildfires are possible. The 10 counties with the highest fire risks at the moment are Marathon, Clark, Wood, Portage, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, Juneau, and Adams.
ROBERTS -- Officials with the St. Croix Central School District say extensive fire damage at the Roberts elementary school will prevent it from reopening before the end of the school year. By Monday, district leaders expect to have a plan as to how youngsters will finish out the year. Fire crews responded to a suspected arson fire at St. Croix Central Elementary School at around 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, April 30.. According to a news release sent out at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, by Police Chief Dan Burgess, arson investigators have confirmed there was forced entry into the school building.
A Stillwater, Minn. man -- an off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Department supervisor -- was struck in the face, neck and shoulder by pellets fired by a White Bear Lake, Minn., man who was hunting in the Town of Somerset early Tuesday, April 30. Sheriff John Shilts said Jerry Cusick, 53, a commander in the department, was on private property, scouting for birds when he was struck by a shot fired by Anthony Cardarelli. Shilts said Cusick made his way to a neighbor's residence where was transported by Lakeview EMS to Regions Hospital in St.
The U.S. Drought Monitor reports the recent rain and snow seen over much of Wisconsin has ended the state's drought. The latest weekly update indicates less than 13 percent of Wisconsin is in drought, although 14 percent is rated abnormally dry. More than 60 percent was in drought as this year started. It's not all good. The heavy rainfall has been delaying the start of planting for some farmers. Farmland in southern Wisconsin is covered by several feet of water in some locations. That area has received about 10 inches of rain over the past two weeks.
Two elderly Altoona residents -- Harvey Wick, age 85, and his wife, Ruth Wick, 84 -- have been identified as the individuals who died Monday night when their 1999 Buick ran off I-94 and rolled over an embankment. A passenger, Judy K. Harris, 54, of Spooner, sustained minor injuries. The Wisconsin State Patrol said Mr. Wick was traveling east on I-94 near mile marker 31 about 6:40 p.m.