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The Doornink family and Jon-De Farm Inc. hosted the 2012 version of St. Croix County's 2012 Farm-City Day on Aug. 11. The event marked the 31st year for Farm-City Day. Attendees enjoyed guided dairy and crop tours, antique machinery, pony rides, music, food and more.
A State Patrol investigation indicates the driver of a Dodge Durango and a rear-seat passenger were preoccupied, trying to find an item in the center console moments before their vehicle struck the rear of a stopped semitrailer at highway speed. With the investigation winding down, Sgt.
State Patrol Sgt. Brian Erickson reported Monday evening that Zachary D. Zajec, the driver of a Dodge Durango that crashed into the back of a flatbed semi- trailer a week ago, died Monday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was the fifth person to die in a week within a 32-mile stretch of Interstate 94 between Menomonie and Hudson. Zachary would have been a senior at New Richmond High School this fall. He was a honor student, athlete and Boy Scout. Zajec and three friends were driving eastbound on I-94, about five miles east of Hudson at 1:20 p.m.
A woman was transported directly to Regions Hospital late Tuesday morning following a head-on crash involving a 2006 Subaru station wagon and a semi-truck on Interstate 94 between Roberts and Hammond. Emily R. Sadowski, 22, of Green Bay died Aug. 1 at Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities. The crash was the second serious truck-versus-passenger vehicle crash in St. Croix County in less than 24 hours. The Tuesday accident did not occur in the vicinity of any construction activity. Monday's accident did. The crash occurred at 11:17 a.m.
In an attempt to prevent additional traffic crashes on I-94 in St. Croix County, WisDOT and State Patrol are working together to implement plans to warn motorists of potential backups. Over the next couple of days construction crews will finish in the crossovers and the ramps to create a temporary four lane configuration to last the duration of the project, which will be completed in 2014. Until the four lanes are operational, single lane closures will be needed during the non-peak travel times.
It's been a bad week for serious accidents along Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin. On Tuesday, July 31, at 11:15 p.m. the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a crash involving two semi trucks. One of the semi drivers, Brian Lee Paglusch, 43, from Minnesota died at the scene. The accident occurred at milepost 42.5 in Dunn County near Menomonie. According to the State Patrol. Crash involved two semis westbound on I-94. A semi owned by Louisiana Transportation was rear ended by by a semi owned by Viessman Trucking which resulted in a fire. The driver of the second semi died.
Two New Richmond teenagers -- ages 16 and 17 -- died Monday afternoon as the result of injuries suffered when their 2000 Dodge Durango struck the rear of a flatbed semi-rig that had slowed in heavy eastbound traffic. In a news release issued at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Patrol said the sport utility vehicle was occupied by four people. The two passengers in the vehicle who died as a result of injuries were Joshua Jacob Goodrich, 17, of New Richmond and Jordan Michael Johnson, 16, of New Richmond.
Jon Timblin, 20, of Rice Lake and Glenwood City died on Monday, July 23, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Timblin graduated from Cameron High School in 2010. For the past two years, Timblin was studying biology and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. "I know he had great potential and a bright future," said Cheng-chen Huang, Timblin's academic adviser and professor at River Falls. "He was a good kid and had broad interests." One of those interests was music. Timblin was a singer in the UW-River Falls Concert Choir.
A motorcycle crash near Amery Saturday afternoon claimed the life an Oakdale, Minn. man whose father is a well-known philanthropist and the name behind the John Nasseff Heart Center and Nasseff Neuroscience Center, associated with United Hospital in St. Paul. Polk County authorities said Monday that John M. "Mickey" Nasseff, 68, was traveling eastbound on 120th Avenue just east of 130th Street about 1 p.m.
Crews from three fire departments were called to New Richmond on Sunday, July 8, to battle a structure fire at 651 Monette Ave. According to Jim VanderWyst, New Richmond fire chief, it wasn't the size of the fire that was the problem, it was the heat. "It was extremely hot for the firefighters and a huge stress on their bodies," he said. The call came in at about 5:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered a storage shed had ignited, VanderWyst said.