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An apparent accident during a demolition project claimed the life of a Balsam Lake area attorney. John E. Schneider, 59, of rural Balsam Lake was found dead at his home on Monday, June 28th. The Polk County Sheriff's department said Schneider was attempting to demolish a small outbuilding when a wall collapsed, pinning him under the rubble. It was determined that the accident occurred sometime during the late afternoon or early evening of Sunday, June 27. Schneider was a long-time judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney.
A 12:10 a.m. motorcycle crash near River's Edge in rural Somerset on Saturday resulted in a fatality. In a separate accident to the south, a Minnesota woman was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after she crashed through a barbed-wire fence and struck a culvert. Dale A. Oehme, 47, New Richmond, was riding his 2002 Kawasaki RS motorcycle west on River's Edge Drive, about a tenth of a mile east of Raleigh Road in the Town of Star Prairie, when he entered the north ditch. According to the St.
A large grass fire in a tinder-dry stand of pine trees in Somerset was being battled by firefighters Friday afternoon. Dispatchers received a call of a small fire near the Somerset Elementary School at around noon. The fire started on the northern edge of the school district's property.
A small airplane taking off from New Richmond Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon developed engine problems and eventually landed in a grassy field next to the runway. Local pilot Bob Perkins, Somerset, was taking off when the trouble occurred. Instead of landing on the runway, he apparently decided to land quickly nearby. The plane ended up about 100 feet from the main runway of the airport. "It was a pretty minor incident," said Airport Manager Mike Demulling. In fact, he said, it probably won't be a reportable incident in terms of Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
Amid the thousands of Twins fans who will be gawking at the new Target Field on opening day April 12, a few faces in the crowd might look a little sad. Those will be the people who have called the new baseball stadium home for the past three years. They are the construction workers who have labored many hours to make the project a reality. Several of the key leaders on the project have local ties. Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction's construction executive for the Minnesota Twins Ballpark Project, was born and raised in New Richmond. His parents, Chuck and Anne Mehls, still live here.
An airplane headed to New Richmond Regional Airport crashed in the Twin Cities Thursday afternoon, injuring two people. A small plane crashed near Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minn. at around 3 p.m. According to media reports, the airplane landed in a marshy area along the Minnesota River less than a half mile from the airport. The plane, a twin-engine Beechcraft 95 Travel, apparently lost power after takeoff. The pilot Alvin Bipes, 56, of Minneapolis, and passenger Timothy Jacobson, 58, were rescued from the crash site and taken to the hospital.
Less than a week after it was closed, the Stillwater bridge is open to traffic again. As flood waters receded, the lift bridge was reopened late Friday night. Traffic was free to move over the span on Saturday. The bridge had closed at 10 a.m. Tuesday as waters along the St. Croix River rose. It eventually crested at 85.9 feet -- well below the 87.0 flood stage. Motorists will have to deal with another closure in the coming week. To complete some maintenance on the bridge, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the bridge from 10 a.m. April 5 to 5 a.m. April 6.
Heads up commuters. If you use the Stillwater bridge, plan for a detour for some time. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has been informed that the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will close the Stillwater Lift Bridge at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, due to high water and ice on the St.
The City of Stillwater is requesting help in sandbagging today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People interested in helping may go to the parking lot on the corner of Mulberry and Water Street in Historic downtown Stillwater. The parking lot is located directly behind the River Market Community Co-op. If you organize of a group of 10 or more, call 651-430-8830 to schedule a time in advance.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for St. Croix County, due to rising waters on the St. Croix River. The warning, issued Thursday, impacts St. Croix and Pierce counties in Wisconsin, and Washington County in Minnesota. The flood warning, which is in effect until further notice, noted that flood stage on the St. Croix River is 87 feet, and the use of the Stillwater bridge could be stopped if water reaches 88 feet.