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WESTERN WISCONSIN ROUNDUP: New St. Croix River bridge to be built with local labor and materials

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The new Saint Croix River bridge near Hudson will be built primarily with local labor and materials. Over 80-million dollars are expected to be given to sub-contractors that include J-and-L Steel-and-Electrical Services of Hudson. They'll get 65-million dollars -- their largest contract ever -- to provide all the steel and electrical work for the new four-lane bridge. Cemstone, a Twin Cities company with facilities in Wisconsin, will provide much of the concrete for the project. Lunda Construction of Black River Falls and Ames Construction of Burnsville Minnesota are running a joint venture as the general contractor. Project manager Jon Chiglo of Minnesota's D-O-T says it makes sense to use local labor because they know the lay-of-the-landscape, and they have stronger ties to the project's leadership. The new bridge and its approaches are expected to cost 629-billion dollars. It's supposed to be completed in 2016.

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Police in Chippewa Falls continue to investigate the death of person whose body parts were strewn across a set of railroad tracks. An I-D card was among the personal items found, but officials said it was not enough to identify the victim -- who's believed to be a man. Police Chief Wendy Stelter said the victim was either walking alone on the tracks, or was on a Union Pacific train that went through. The train was stopped a few miles outside of Chippewa Falls, and crew members apparently had no indication that it struck anything. A passer-by called 9-1-1 about 7:10 yesterday morning who saw various things along the tracks. The victim's body and personal items were found along several miles.

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Thirteen people were taken to a hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning from a home near Arcadia in western Wisconsin. Trempealeau County authorities responded to a house where seven adults and five children fell ill late yesterday afternoon. A responding officer also succumbed, and was treated at a local hospital and later released. W-Q-O-W T-V in Eau Claire said there was no word on the conditions of the other 12 people. Officials said a charcoal grill was apparently being used to heat the home. The incident remains under investigation.

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