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Preparations for the July 20-22 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days shifted to high gear this week with the arrival of tent-erection crews, contractors to build display buildings, Farm Tech's contracted electrician, portable lighting and generators. A crew of more than a dozen men from Briggs Tent Company, Eau Claire, arrived with semi-trailers of canvas, poles, ropes and stakes that will transform most of 40 acres into a covered display area. Tents vary in size with the largest, to be occupied by Fleet Farm, measuring 40 ft. by 200 ft.
Area drivers on County Road F from Hudson to County Road MM will probably see the staging of construction equipment that signals the start of a month-long road improvement project. Grading and topsoil removal for the 2.8-mile stretch was to begin Wednesday, April 21, according to St. Croix County Highway Commissioner Tim Ramberg. By Monday, April 26, crews will be widening shoulders and milling away old asphalt. Although traffic may be slowed or restricted at times to one lane, no closures are expected.
Glen Hartman, a paramedic with St. Croix EMS, has been named 2010 recipient of the Dan O'Connell Outstanding Performer Award. The honor is bestowed annually by the Hudson Noon Rotary Club to a member of the local ambulance and rescue service selected by his or her peers. "His dedication is second to none in the organization," St. Croix EMS Chief Eric Christensen said of Hartman in presenting the award at last Thursday's meeting of the Noon Rotary. Christensen said Hartman played a leading role in St.
A pair of St. Paul men who apparently got waylaid on the tubing trip down the Kinnickinnic River late Sunday, were found by a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter early Monday and led to safety by park rangers. James Miller, 21, and Alex Sperry, 22, were checked out by medics from the River Falls Area Ambulance service at the scene sometime after 1 a.m., Monday, then released to waiting friends. Deputy Joe Smith with the Pierce County Sheriff's Dept.
Have you noticed how internet jargon, like the Web itself, has crept into every aspect of our lives? We chat about the "blogosphere," refer to one respective "domain" or another like we'd offer someone driving directions and speak of "cookies" as a normal part of life.
The corner office is dark today. Willis H. Miller is gone. Few individuals we know today emulate the strength of character, tenacity, curiosity and wisdom that Willis shared with this community each day when he departed his modest Third Street apartment to mingle with the rest of us. Though short in stature, Willis was a giant of a man. He'll perhaps be best remembered publicly for compiling and recording a century's worth of area genealogical information onto 4- by 6-inch index cards over the past 60-plus years.
Jason Norden, a Baldwin native, operates a photography studio in his hometown but regularly travels to Minneapolis as a contract photographer for special events at various nightclubs. Thursday afternoon, he decided to park his car, grab his Canon 20D and trail an estimated 1,000 demonstrators who were gathering for a march to Harriet Island.
The semi-car collision that closed Interstate 94 Sunday night sent a Menomonie man to Regions Hospital and left emergency workers with a dangerous mess when a cargo of flammable resins inside the semi-rig broke open and leaked onto the roadway. Benji Chrisler, 29, of Menomonie was eastbound on the I-94 St.Croix River crossing at 8:55 p.m. when he braked to avoid striking the rear of a car ahead that had also braked. Chrisler's 1993 Ford Escort was struck from behind by a semi-tractor driven by William Mueller, 28, of Princeton, Minn.
A leaking rail car along Hwy. 10 on the Minnesota side of the Hwy. 10 bridge prompted closure of the road at St. Croix Trail and downtown Prescott Wednesday afternoon. The incident was first reported to Pierce County authorities by a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train crew about 4 p.m.
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