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

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.


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.


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.