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Flames swept through and engulfed the back shop of St. Croix Sport just off Hwy. 35N. in the town of Troy shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to snowmobiles, snow blowers, ATVs, chain saws, and commercial lawn-care equipment. Some was inventory being repaired for customers. It took 26 River Falls firefighters, with two engines, a water tender and a ladder truck almost an hour to control the fire. Fire Chief Scott Nelson said his crew remained on the scene for a few more hours to extinguish hard-to-reach hot spots.
Juleen Zierath, a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been elected chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine on Thursday, Dec. 6. She is the first female chair of the committee. Zierath is a Milwaukee native and holds both Swedish and American citizenship. She is a professor of Clinical Integrative Physiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
The family of a man charged with killing his three daughters in River Falls tried selling the home where he used to live with his ex-wife - until she pleaded with a Realtor to stop the listing. Maria Verven of Edina Realty Realty told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the girls' grandmother approached the firm about putting the house up for sale, but after getting an impassioned request from Jessica Schaffhausen, the realty firm canceled its listing. The four-bedroom house had been listed for $229,000. Aaron Schaffhausen lived in North Dakota before he returned to River Falls in July.
If elected to serve in Madison, Dan Olson, teacher and Iraqi war veteran, has two objectives: --Working to restore a sense of civility in the political dialogue and finding common ground between Republicans and Democrats so that meaningful legislation gets passed. --Focusing on economic growth policies that include retraining and boosting educational spending that's linked to job-skill preparedness. Olson says "job creation" is a must, especially for District 10, with its imbalance between the poorer, higher-unemployment northern counties like Polk and Burnett versus the better-off
Despite last year's controversies swirling out of Madison, Sheila Harsdorf said another side to state politics gets overlooked. "While some things have been very polarized, almost 96 percent of the legislation in the last session passed with some sort of bipartisan support," said the three-term state senator from rural River Falls.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, from Minnesota, probably has much higher name recognition in western Wisconsin than Tammy Baldwin. So Baldwin, a Democratic congresswoman from the Madison area Wisconsin who is running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Tommy Thompson, brought Klobuchar along to help her campaign Friday, Oct. 12, in Hudson, River Falls and Spring Valley. The two stopped to press the flesh at the South Fork Cafe on Main Street in River Falls over the noon hour.
With age people are often less active and prone to gain weight while losing muscle mass. Their immune systems weaken, leaving them more susceptible to disease and illness. "Having a balance of nutrients is vital," says River Falls Medical Clinic dietician Debra Sanders.
Joined by friends and family at her rural River Falls home, state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) announced the kickoff to her re-election campaign Sunday, July 29. Harsdorf cited her accomplishments in the state Senate and reform agenda as the type of leadership western Wisconsin needs in Madison. "This session has brought historic reforms to our state, leading to a balanced budget, a reverse in Wisconsin's trend of job losses, and an improvement in our state's business climate rankings," said Harsdorf.
Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in their search for a laptop computer and computer bag believed to be Aaron Schaffhausen's. Schaffhausen has been charged with the murders of his three daughters in River Falls Tuesday, July 10. These items may have been ditched along the road by Schaffhausen before he turned himself in.
Aaron Schaffhausen, formerly of River Falls, allegedly left his three daughters behind in their home with the gas fireplace activated on the first floor and the odor of flammable liquid coming from the basement. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, July 11, Police Chief Roger Leque wouldn't respond to a reporter's question whether Schaffhausen had planned to burn the house down at 2790 Morningside Ave. Leque said that would only be speculation at this point. Schaffhausen's three daughters, ages 5, 8 and 11 were found dead inside.