An assistant district attorney for St. Croix County who lives in River Falls was picked up in that city by local police last Thursday night for drunk driving. Dennis W. Erickson, 58, 510 Foster St., was driving south on River Falls' North Main Street around 9:30 p.m.
Modern health-care news is seldom good. Those with insurance find rising premiums eat up pay increases, while some businesses have dropped employee coverage. The crisis is national but closer to home the statistics are equally grim.
Indications are that UW-River Falls Chancellor Ann Lydecker failed to stop for a stop sign at a rural Pierce County intersection early Thursday, March 25. That failure appears to have led to her death. Lydecker, 59, was probably killed almost instantly when her small state car, a 2002 Ford Taurus, was hit on the driver's side by a large pickup truck going at least 55 mph. The crash occurred some seven miles south of River Falls at the intersection of County E and Hwy. 10 near St.