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A pick-up truck being operated by a teenager ran over a 5-year-old Wilson boy on Thursday. The St. Croix County Sheriff's office responded to a residence in the Village of Wilson at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. According to the Sheriff's Department, a 1991 Chevrolet K1500 pickup was being moved by 18-year-old driver Trygve Turner. Rodney Blodgett, 5, of Wilson went in front of the truck and he was run over. Blodgett was transported to the Baldwin Area Medical Center by Baldwin EMS where he was pronounced dead by the St.
An 11-year-old girl was killed Friday night when a tree feel on her at a Burnett County, Wis., campground during a storm with winds up to 100 mph that cast a path of destruction across Northwestern Wisconsin. The death of a Burnett County man of an apparent heart attack also might have been related to the storm, according to Brian Satula, administrator of the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center. Dawn Sargent, public information officer for the county, said 39 people were injured in the storm, three critically. The critically injured victims were taken to hospitals in Eau Claire, Wis.
In a ruling made public Tuesday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed a decision by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell and ordered that the Central St. Croix Rod & Gun Club range in the town of Rush River be permanently closed. The neighbors brought a trespass and nuisance action against the club seeking a permanent injunction against the use of firearms on the property -- both by the current owners or anyone else in the future. The range, located on the east side of Hwy.
MADISON -- As cars passed the Capitol building in Madison Saturday, they honked their horns in rhythm. "This is what democracy looks like," chanted the protestors on the streets in response to the cars. Masses of protestors thronged the Capitol and the surrounding area to show their disapproval for Gov. Scott Walker's bill that limits collective bargaining power. Walker signed the bill into law Friday after the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly approved it. Once again, teachers and workers from all over the state drove to take part in the action at the capitol.
The state Capitol building in Madison had two faces on Saturday. It's estimated that 70,000 people gathered at the Capitol that day for and against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for public employees and require them to contribute to their retriement/pensions and health insurance. On one side of the building, the union supporters gathered. People with megaphones chanted and pontificated. "It's time to stop these budget cuts," one man yelled.
BALDWIN -- A St. Paul man was arrested late Friday night near Baldwin after leading State troopers, St. Croix deputies and Baldwin police on a 12-mile chase that ended in a crash. Richard J. Finnegan, 45, was transported by ambulance to Baldwin Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries. Finnegan is expected to face charges of OWI- 3rd offense, resisting arrest, fleeing and eduding officers. The State Patrol received a tip of a possible drunk driver on I-94 near milepost 43 in Dunn County.
Terry Kyle of Glenwood City, Wis. (formerly of Deer Park) shot a huge buck with his bow on Wednesday evening at around 6:15 p.m. The deer was a 17 pt. buck with a 21-inch spread in the inside and it weighed 217 pounds field dressed.
Chris Stevens of New Richmond has broken the world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown. He delivered his huge pumpkin to the second annual Stillwater, Minn. Harvest Fest on Saturday for an official weigh-in. His pumpkin made it to the scale at about 2 p.m. When the official weight was announced, 1,810.5 pounds, a huge cheer rose from the gathered crowd. Stevens pumped his fists into the air.
St. Croix County Public Health has confirmed that last week a bat tested positive for the rabies virus in St. Croix County. The bat was found in a pet water dish by two young girls at a home on 30th Street, northeast of Houlton. One girl was scratched while playing with the bat and the other it was undetermined if a scratch occurred; both were advised to start the shot series for rabies prophylaxis. Several pets at the residence have also been quarantined due to possible exposure to the bat. St.