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Things have really sped up with the corpse flower today with the increasing temperatures outside. (Watch live video.) The flower is already starting to open, and UW-River Falls horticulturists are now predicting it will completely open sometime tonight.
HUDSON -- A “sheriff’s sale” auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three sisters were killed by their father drew not a single bidder Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix County Government Center. That means the property will be retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave. Affinity Plus set the opening bid at $189,261. The auction was overseen by St. Croix County Sheriff St. Jason Sykora.
Nobody is keeping track of how many teachers have been let go since Act 10 took effect two years ago, but officials of the state’s largest teachers union and the state School Boards Association both say they’ve seen a noticeable increase in firings and non-renewals of teacher contracts.
Gov. Scott Walker fired the No. 3 official in the state Department of Transportation Department for comparing undocumented immigrants to Satan during a rant on Facebook. Assistant Deputy Secretary Steven Krieser was let go Thursday, less than two hours after the governor’s office caught wind of the incident.
A member of the Veterans for Peace was arrested Wednesday after members of his group went to the State Capitol to support the Solidarity Singers. Capitol Police issued 15 more citations yesterday, resulting from a refusal by the anti-Walker singers to get a permit for their almost daily noontime sing-alongs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the arrested member of the Veterans for Peace had his group’s flag confiscated and that spurred another member to yell and point at officers.
Heavy thunderstorms overnight left almost 65,000 electric customers without power in the northern half of Wisconsin. Appleton police said 90% of the city was in the dark at one point. Winds hit 86 mph in Appleton. Parts of Barron County had golf-ball-sized hail. The National Weather Service said there was heavy damage to Trinity Lutheran Church in New London. That’s also where camper units flipped over at the Huckleberry Campground.
A search is on in northwest Wisconsin for a southeast Wisconsin police lieutenant wanted for burglary and the theft of a pickup truck. Authorities in Barron County said Waupun officer Bradley Young led officers on a chase last night and then fled on foot into a wooded area near Rice Lake.
The state Department of Justice says it’s considering legal action for three environmental violations connected with the rapid increase in frac-sand mining. Department of Natural Resources officials say additional cases could be referred for prosecution after the agency issued 20 violation notices to 19 companies since late 2011. The DNR said five frac-sand companies violated storm-water permits in April and May of this year when melting snow and rains pushed debris into streams and wetlands in Trempealeau and Barron counties. Frac-sand mining is a relatively new process, and official
A relative has doubts about Sharon Wand’s dramatic recanting of her statement to police which implicated her husband and cousin in last year’s fire in Argyle that killed four of Wand’s children. Wand, 27, wrote letters to newspapers in Madison and Monroe to say that Armin and Jeremy Wand never set the fire. But after the letters were made public yesterday, her younger sister – Amy Peterson of Necedah – told the Wisconsin State Journal that Sharon is a gullible domestic violence victim whose husband Armin is controlling her from prison. Armin was sentenced to three life terms.
ELK MOUND – Officers now say there was no abduction in connection with a woman who texted police that she was being held against her will Tuesday.