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A Woodbury, Minn., man charged with six counts of felony retail theft was bound over for trial at an April 23 preliminary hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court, according to court records.
Neal L. Broten, a River Falls resident and former National Hockey League and Olympic hockey player, was arrested Sunday, April 21 on suspicion of OWI-third offense in Pierce County, according to jail records. The 59-year-old was taken into custody at 9:24 p.m. Citations filed in Pierce County Traffic Court include possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and fail to stop at stop sign. He was released from jail at 8:47 a.m. April 22.
Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a head-on crash early Monday in Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the crash, reported at 5:29 a.m. April 22, occurred on Highway 8 about a half-mile east of 15ht Street in the town of Beaver, a community about 35 miles northeast of New Richmond. The sheriff's office said the drivers of both cars, 67-year-old Geraldine Swanson of rural Turtle Lake, and 69-year-old Harvey Richter of rural Cumberland, were found dead.
St. Croix County Citizen Review Panel hosted a Hands Around the Courthouse event on Tuesday, April 16 at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Over 100 community members stood together at the event to help bring awareness of child abuse and neglect and other victims of crime. The St. Croix County Citizen Review Panel is a group of citizen volunteers and professionals that meets regularly with a common interest in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The St. Croix Valley Beekeepers Association’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Peace Lutheran Church, 2084 County Road N., Baldwin. Weather permitting, hive inspection is at 6 p.m.; bring your bee suit. Past club president and local commercial beekeeper Melanie Waldon will be speaking about “Sustainability of the Apiary for Health and Honey." All are welcome. For more information, visit www.stcroixbeekeepers.com or call 612-819-6008.
Around 3 a.m. April 12, a Hammond woman opened her second-story bedroom window and climbed out just as the man she'd met a couple months prior on a dating website — the same man who moments earlier told her he'd kill her and her unborn child — ran at her with a knife, grabbing her left foot momentarily as she let go of the window and fell to the ground, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Authorities followed digital footprints among suspected drug dealers in building a homicide case in the 2017 overdose death of a River Falls man, according to charges filed this week in Pierce County Circuit Court. Arrest warrants were issued Thursday, April 18, for 31-year-old Orlando P. Eaton of St. Paul and 28-year-old Dante J. Ackerman of Lakeland, Minn. Both men are charged with first-degree reckless homicide as party to a crime in the May 9, 2017, overdose death of Patrick Pace, a 2003 River Falls High School graduate.
Love for Lisa, a benefit event for a New Richmond woman with stage 4 colorectal cancer will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Mesiter's Bar and Grill, 1402 County Road A, New Richmond. The event will include BBQ, raffles, bean bags and more.
A New Richmond-based lawyer was appointed last week to the Governor's Judicial Selection Advisory Committee. Gov. Tony Evers named civil litigator Michael J. Brose among members of the committee, according to an April 15 news release. Brose practices at the Doar, Drill & Skow firm, where he specializes in personal injury cases. The committee interviews and recommends judicial candidates to the governor to fill vacancies.
Flash flooding left damage and closed roads around Pierce County after a heavy soaking rain drenched the area Wednesday, April 17. Prescott officials were assessing mudslides in two areas, one of which closed a portion of Highway 10. City Administrator Jayne Brand said a mudslide occurred on Hilton Street, which caused a retaining wall to collapse onto Highway 10. The incident closed one eastbound lane of traffic. Brand said "a pretty good part" of the wall collapsed and that another portion of it was bowing.