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Two men from Wasilla, Alaska, walked away from a small plane crash Wednesday night in the town of Clifton after their Cessna C185 experienced engine trouble and forced an emergency landing in a hayfield. Passenger Miles S. Haisten, 53, was taken by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital to be checked after complaining of back pain, but pilot Mark A. Campillo, 39, wasn't injured. Both men were treated and released. According to Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Gunderson, the crash occurred just after 9 p.m.
What a time to assume the leadership reigns at a Wisconsin university. Your new $90-million operating budget must be slashed by $3.3 million (3.6 percent). Two percent wage hikes for your nonunion staff and faculty are off the table, replaced by a two-year freeze.
The Rev. Paul Schmeling, who headed the Faith Lutheran Church congregation in River Falls for 18 years, died Memorial Day after falling from a ladder while trimming a tree. An investigator revealed that Schmeling fell about eight feet while trimming a branch from a tree in the church parsonage yard. He was taken by ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Funeral services are to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran. Visitations are scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a community memorial service at 7 p.m.
They were scared and worried, but the Bill Coggio family found moments of humor to relieve the tension. When Bill's 7th grade daughter at Meyer Middle School, Dana, didn't have her language arts assignment done last Wednesday night, Bill suggested: "Tell your teacher that your uncle's been captured by pirates." Father and daughter laughed but agreed the alibi probably wouldn't fly with Mrs.
Nona Trealoff-Bock is trained to help her clients probe their inner depths. She is certified to mentor as a spiritual director. Even with her Christian background, Trealoff-Bock was always curious about other faiths. She draws wisdom and energy from various religions, whether it's the Kabbalah of Judaism or the Tibetan form of Buddhism. Last month Trealoff-Bock took a three-week pilgrimage to southern India.
Kimberly Warneke died Sunday at River Falls Area Hospital. Funeral notices are pending. Warneke, 46, lives near Rocky Branch Elementary School and was a teacher in Hudson. She was featured in the Journal in November after receiving a Courage Award from the American Cancer Society. Warneke was dealing with a return of cancer that spread the second time.
How would you react if told your cancer is back? What would you do when that fateful news comes hours before you're to join your team for the Survivors Walk at the annual Relay For Life? "At first it was so hard to decide. I did not want to have to deal with cancer again -- and to fight it," said 46-year-old Kim Warneke, a River Falls resident who teaches third grade at Hudson Prairie Elementary School. "But then you realize that you can't just go to bed and die. It's not the end of the world.
A 32-year-old Hudson woman allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in River Falls from North Main and Cedar streets to Hwy. 65 past the just-closed Harley Davidson dealership. The woman's 1997 Mercury Mountaineer then struck gravel, lost control, turned sideways and rolled about six times down into a culvert. Police say speeds on Main Street near County MM were about 60 mph and faster than 90 mph by the Paulson Road intersection as the woman's SUV pulled away.
Alison Page is unfazed by the task of having to defeat a longtime incumbent like Sheila Harsdorf for the 10th Senate District. She says Harsdorf's two-decade track record in Madison, with her Republican Party often in control, is an asset for her candidacy. "Sheila is a friend of mine, a pleasant human being," said Page, who briefly volunteered for Harsdorf's state Assembly candidacy in the early 1990s. "However, she happens to represent the big business/special interests' agenda that's been in charge.
Sheila Harsdorf has represented western Wisconsin in both the state Assembly and the Senate since 1988. She doesn't forget those who continually send her to Madison as their representative. "Traveling this district, being accessible, staying in touch, responding to letters, e-mails, phone calls, sending out surveys, speaking to service groups and school classes, encouraging people to participate in the process -- that kind of involvement is helpful, and not just for me," Harsdorf said. "You're not in office just to represent your own views.