A Menomonie woman was pronounced dead at Hudson Hospital, Sunday afternoon shortly after her car slid alongside a concrete guard rail near Mile Marker 3, clipped off an information sign and overturned on a steep hillside north side of I-94. The Wisconsin State Patrol says that Evelyn Smith, 83, was the driver of the car. Emergency crews from Hudson Fire and St. Croix EMS were summoned after another driver witnessed the westbound Ford sedan leave the roadway and travel along the outside of the retaining wall between the westbound onramp at Exit 3 and the Carmichael Road exit.
The 14-year-old Circle Pines, Minn., girl critically injured early Tuesday when her mother's car overturned on I-94 died Tuesday evening at Regions Hospital. Tessa Christine Moen was pronounced dead about 7 p.m., the State Patrol reported Wednesday. Tessa's mother, Lisa J. Moen, 46, was killed in the 2:25 a.m. crash. Another child, Cory, 16, was transported to the Baldwin hospital where he was treated and released. The family was en route to Minnesota from a vacation in Florida when the accident occurred.
A Circle Pines, Minn., woman was killed and two of her children injured -- one critically -- early Tuesday morning when she lost control and rolled her car on I-94 about three miles east of Baldwin. Lisa J. Moen, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner following the 2:25 a.m. crash. Moen's daughter, Tessa, 14, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where she remains in critical condition, according to Trooper Bill Traynor. Another child, Cory, 16, was transported to the Baldwin hospital with lesser injuries, Traynor said.
Back when I used to cover county board as a reporter, there was a chairman who took glee in warning supervisors from the head table to guard their tongues because "the press" was present.
Two classes of college students learned recently that it's not terribly difficult to obtain access to local government records, and although not all the records were produced graciously, most were. Forty students in UW-River Falls Journalism 201 information gathering classes, taught by Andris Straumanis and Sandy Ellis, visited 20 offices earlier this month, conducting an open records audit. "Citizens should know about their government, how it works and the people who run it," Straumanis told his students in issuing the assignment.
Aside from the dubious distinction of playing host to two of seven hunters injured during the state's nine-day gun deer season, Pierce and St. Croix counties played host to an unremarkable hunt, said area Warden Supervisor Dave Hausman. Although hunters had until late Monday to register their kills, unofficial totals from around Pierce County indicated a deer harvest 17 percent higher than last year. "Overall, in my experience, I thought hunters were doing really well -- considering there was no snow," said Hausman.
A 30-year-old Minnesota man was listed in good condition Tuesday morning, a day after his semi-truck loaded with 20 tons of gooey fertilizer overturned in the Hwy. 35 median, crushing its cab and trapping him inside. Tokeo Vang, Dayton, Minn., had just driven his tractor-trailer rig off the ramp from I-94 onto Hwy.
This issue kicks off our 150th year of community journalism in Hudson. Launched Nov. 30, 1854, our newspaper is believed to be the fourth oldest in the state of Wisconsin. The title varied for the first 55 years, shifting from the North Star, the Star & Times and the Hudson Star-Times before settling on the Hudson Star-Observer in 1909. Actually, among the current staff here, publisher emeritus Willis Miller boasts the greatest longevity with some 69 years on the job - with time off for college and occasional world travels.