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Some 70 firefighters from six departments spent several hours early Sunday fighting a house fire in an isolated neighborhood overlooking the St. Croix River, just across from the City of Stillwater. The split-level home owned by Lawrence and Kathleen Horsch was unoccupied when the fire at 1404 Hilltop Ridge was reported at 4:28 a.m. Town of St. Joseph Fire Chief Ron Burton said someone from Stillwater spotted flames and reported the blaze. Flames were through the roof when the first crew rolled up, Burton said.
The driver of a van that was reportedly stolen, led St. Croix sheriff's deputies and on a 19-mile chase early Monday before the vehicle was eventually stopped by Minnesota authorities on a rural road, south east of Woodbury. A man was taken into custody. St. Croix Dispatch Center records indicate the pursuit began at 5:24 a.m. near Baldwin when a deputy spotted the van, which was said to be stolen. The chase ran westbound on I-94 at speeds of 85 mph or more and the van shifting from one lane to another.
The crash of a semi-tractor and trailer in Hudson Monday morning snarled traffic on Interstate 94 for more than an hour. At 8:40 a.m., an eastbound County Concrete rig driven by Ronald Oldenberger, 64, of Eau Claire, sideswiped a second eastbound semi-truck, veered into the center median wall and overturned. The Mack tractor came to rest with the driver's side door on top of the median wall, while the trailer fell over the wall and lay on the westbound side of the freeway. The accident happened a short distance west of the Carmichael Road interchange, about a mile and half east of the St.
A Prescott man died overnight at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a result of injuries suffered in a head-on crash last Sunday on Hwy. 35 south of Prescott. Randy J. Tape, 51, had been transported by helicopter from the scene along with his passenger, 53-year-old Tammy A.
The Hudson Star-Observer holds the distinction of being the longest continually run business in Hudson and one of the oldest newspapers in the upper Mississippi Valley. Today's Star-Observer is an outgrowth of 10 newspapers which published in the city of Hudson from pioneer days until 1909, when the name "Hudson Star-Observer" was adopted. This paper was first known as the "North Star" and was founded by E.R. Otis and Dr. Otis Hoyt in 1854.
It was at least 12 years ago that I ripped the starter-rope out of my second-hand Jonsered chainsaw and resolved that it would cost me $20 and a week of downtime until Brett, at then Mueller's True Value repair shop, would get it fixed. But Flute Snyder had me out of there in 15 minutes and in the process, taught me to do it myself. That chance encounter marked the beginning what was to become a peculiar relationship with a fascinating gentleman. Flute died last Wednesday -- at his own hand -- privately ending his life in what I expect he believed was a logical, necessary act.
With barely three weeks until the 10th Senate District recall election, details are being worked out on three proposed forums or debates that will allow voters to compare and contrast incumbent Senator Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican, with her Democratic challenger, Ellsworth teacher Shelly Moore. Moore's press secretary, Gillian Morris, announced Friday that Moore has accepted debates with Senator Sheila Harsdorf, to be hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Patch and Wisconsin Public Radio.
A 55-year-old male quietly surrendered to law enforcement authorities Thursday evening after a four-hour stand-off in New Richmond. According to New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad, officers responded to a report that a suicidal male had made worrisome statements to family members. Officers also learned that the man had long guns and handguns inside the residence. Access to a four-block area of New Richmond's southeast side was restricted late Thursday afternoon as local police, with support of St.
Residents of 12 Hudson apartments spent New Year's night at the Quality Inn motel after a broken fire sprinkler line flooded a portion of two floors in the Boulder Ridge apartments at 901 Dominion Drive midday Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, occupants of all but one unit were allowed to return home as workers continued mopping water, mitigating ice damage and waiting for parts to restore the building's security and alarm systems. Hudson firefighters and ambulance personnel responded to a water flow alarm at 1:07 p.m., Saturday, according to building manager Connie Schuh, whose own apartment'
Work is progressing quickly on a 30,000-square-foot concrete, steel and masonry building in New Richmond that come spring, will offer patients state-of-the-art cancer therapies now available only in the Twin Cities, Eau Claire or Rice Lake. Although the cancer center with its full-time oncologist and sophisticated linear accelerator -- a nuclear device used to administer highly focused radiation therapies -- is the central focus of the building, local and area people seeing medical specialists at Westfields' specialty clinics will enter the new addition as well to visit specialists in areas s