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Polls in many Wisconsin municipalities will open earlier than ever before when residents go to vote Sept. 12. All voters will be required to register, either ahead of time or at the polls. New touch-screen voting equipment with audio components will make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. These are three changes implemented by Wisconsin Act 333, which went into effect in April, and Act 451, signed by the governor in May. Perhaps the most notable change, especially for people in rural areas, is uniform polling hours.
Let's start with a regional topic. Let's start with Orson Welles, who grew up in Kenosha and became a famous actor at 18, director at 20 and the brains behind and in what many folks call the greatest American movie, "Citizen Kane." And then it was all downhill for the boy genius whose Mercury Theatre of the Air gave us actors like Agnes Moorhead (another Wisconsinite), Joseph Cotton, Ray Collins and Everett Sloane and scared the pants off half the radio audience when it broadcast H.G.
The St. Croix County Land & Water Conservation Department, along with the University Extension Office, is planning its "Tenth Annual Venison Drive to Feed the Hungry" this fall. Anyone who hunts may take their legally tagged deer to the following participating processors: Glenwood City Lockers, 424 First Street, Glenwood City, WI 54013; 715-265-4833 Deer's Food Locker, Inc., 210 Main St. N., Deer Park, WI 54007; 715-269-5118 The ground venison will be distributed to area food shelves and shelters with recipes, tips on handling and preparing, and nutritional value.
Dennis A. Chamberlin, 70, of Baldwin, WI died Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at the Baldwin Care Center. A Memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 2 at the Afton Road Baptist Church, 8186 Afton Road, Woodbury MN. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin assisted the family with arrangements.
654 Glover Road PLAN COMMISSION will meet September 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Marie Barbo, 100, of Hammond died Monday August 21, 2006 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 26th at the United Methodist Church in Hammond. Visitation will ONLY be Friday from 6 until 9:00 PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Burial will be in the Hammond Cemetery. Memorials preferred to United Methodist Church or world missions.
Elmer Everson, 88, of Spring Valley, WI died Monday, August 21, 2006 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 25 at Rush River Lutheran Church in rural River Falls. Visitation is from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial in Willow River Cemetery, Hudson. Arrangements are with Keehr Funeral Home.
Governor Jim Doyle requested last month that various parts of the state be designated as disaster areas, including St. Croix County. As a result of that request, the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency is working to provide relief to area farmers who have been affected by the recent drought. While many residents dealt with browning lawns and water restrictions, the drought has been no small problem to regional farmers. According to the 2002 census of agriculture by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there are 1,864 farms in St. Croix County with 232,792 total acres of cropland.
Jeanene Hoover, 44, of Hudson died suddenly Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at her residence. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM Sunday, August 20th at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at O'Connell's Sunday evening. Interment will be private. Cremation services with Countryside Crematory of Baldwin.
The Kinni Bassmasters headed north for a pair of fishing tournaments over the weekend, hitting Lake Owen near Cable on Saturday and Big Sissabagama Lake near Stone Lake Sunday. Eleven anglers took part in the two tournaments, with Dave Kirsch of Amery taking top honors Saturday and Duane Preszler of River Falls placing first Sunday. Kirsch weighed in with five bass totaling an estimated 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday, but the biggest bass prize went to Jim Everett of Cannon Falls, Minn., who reeled in a 5-pound, 1-ounce lunker that measured 20½ inches long. Second place Saturday went to Lewi