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Two Democrats have filed for the St. Croix County register of deeds position now held by Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, who is retiring at the end of the year. Both Geri Campbell, Roberts, and Beth Pabst, Hammond, have filed as candidates for the job Walsh has held for 14 years. Because Campbell and Pabst are from the same political party, a primary election will be held Sept. 9. Campbell is currently first deputy in the register of deeds office. Pabst is a real-property lister assistant in the county's Planning and Zoning Department.
There will be a community meeting to discuss increased funding for the arts and arts education in the St. Croix Valley and across Wisconsin, on July 10, noon-1:30 p.m., at The Phipps Center. The River Falls Community Arts Base and The Phipps Center for the Arts are co-hosting the meeting.
A 27-year-old North Hudson man is in good condition Tuesday after being stabbed eight times in the upper torso on the pedestrian bridge behind Veterans Park in River Falls around 2 a.m. Sunday. Carrying out a search warrant, River Falls and Woodville police and a St. Croix County Sheriff's deputy later arrested Robert D. Close, 23, formerly of River Falls, at his parents' Woodville home Sunday evening. Close was recently released from state prison.
Southbound rush-hour traffic heading toward River Falls slowed to a crawl at 3:15 p.m. Friday after a car-truck crash on the west side of Hwy. 35 at Coulee Trail. Hudson police, fire and ambulance were sent, along with River Falls First Responders and the State Patrol. Rescuers worked to clear the scene and the highway remained open the entire time. Within about a half hour Hwy. 35 traffic was flowing normally again. No more information was immediately available.
Sharon Elliott loves animals and lives in the fastest growing Wisconsin county -- it's also a county with no place to house stray and abandoned dogs and cats. "I would like to see that change soon," says Elliott, president of St. Croix Animal Friends. "Our group has one ultimate goal, and that's to build an animal shelter for this county." The shutdown a year and a half ago of the town of River Falls animal shelter that served both Pierce and St.
A disturbance in downtown River Falls after bar closing Sunday resulted in one patrol officer getting slapped in the face and another getting a dose of pepper spray in the face. Lance J. Veness, 22, Hudson, was arrested and jailed for the incident. Veness was later charged by the Pierce County district attorney with a felony for battery to a police officer and two misdemeanors -- obstruction and disorderly conduct. Bruce Whitaker was the officer hit in the face.
Low-income, uninsured residents of Pierce and St. Croix counties will soon have a place to be treated for many of their basic medical needs. Opening night is set for Tuesday, April 24, in River Falls. Planning has gone on for more than a year. A board of directors now meets regularly, and two part-time, highly qualified professionals are at work to organize, staff, supply and manage clinic operations. Mary Steele of River Falls is volunteer coordinator. Linda Robertson of the town of Hudson is the clinic manager. Robertson and her husband, Warren Schneider, an administrator at 3M in St.
Who says a 22-year-old UW-River Falls college graduate can't knock off a well-connected, well-known state Assemblywoman from Hudson? Not District 30 Democratic challenger Dan Gorman, fresh out of college and fresh with ideas and passion for serving western Wisconsin in Madison. Gorman is far from pessimistic about his chances against Republican Kitty Rhoades. "For one thing, people are ready for change in this election," Gorman said. "For another, I got more votes in Pierce and St. Croix counties than Rhoades in the September primary.
A group of women in the Hudson area have formed Saint Croix Animal Friends with the aim of building a new animal shelter. The shelter would primarily serve St. Croix County but coverage would likely extend into Pierce County. With the recent forced shutdown of the River Falls animal shelter -- which covered both counties -- the new organization has incentive to move forward. "We're focused on a plans to forge ahead, but with the River Falls shelter closing, there's more urgency now," said Diana Neubarth, founder and now vice president for St. Croix Animal Friends.
A complaint against a 39-year-old Hudson man who once owned Club Kaos (now The Library Bar), 106 N. Main St. in River Falls, says he tried to disclose the real name of a rural River Falls man enrolled in the federal witness protection program. James M. Dixon was charged by the Pierce County district attorney with trying to intimidate the River Falls man primarily through a series of threatening, anonymous e-mails. Dixon was also charged with harassment. Both are punishable by $1,000 fines.