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Dan Bender is Red Wing's new mayor. Bender garnered 945 votes of the 2,455 cast in Tuesday's special election, according to unofficial results. "I thought that we had done a good job," Bender said. "When I was out campaigning it was pretty well received. But you never know." Bender, a former City Council member, said he thinks his experience in government along with his message that he will "consider all sides of issues, try to put good thought into things" and promote Red Wing was what voters liked. Second in vote totals was John Sachen with 640 votes.
MAIDEN ROCK--The annual Maiden Rock Summerfest celebration will be held this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. in the Village Park. The party in the park will feature kids' games, a silent auction and prizes drawn all day (must be present to win). A spiffiest car in the park contest is planned (judging at 7 p.m., winner announced at 8 p.m.--$100 prize). The parade begins at 2 p.m. (line up starts at noon). There will be music by the "Instigators" from 3:30-5:30 p.m. "The Blue Steel Band" will play from 6 p.m.
Over a recent week, Wisconsin State Trooper Bill Traynor conducted what he termed with a grin--his "goodbye tour," stopping at area police departments and a few businesses to say thank you for their support and bid farewell. "I feel good," said Traynor, 53. "I could continue to do this job, but I'm not going to push the envelope.
ST. PAUL -- Investigators say a suicidal man in St. Paul torched his own home last (Tue) night, just before county mental health officials were expected to arrive. 55-year-old Glen Krueger is also accused of splashing a flammable liquid on his roommate, but St. Paul Police say it's not clear whether that was intentional. Family members had asked Ramsey County mental health officials to check on Krueger because he has a history of mental illness and they say he wasn't taking his medication. They were due to arrive about 30 minutes after Krueger started the fire in his basement.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson is right when he says the state's vocational rehabilitation partnership keeps farmers working and supports America's Dairyland's agricultural heritage. The Farm Assessment and Rehabilitation Methods (FARM) Program is an example of a strong return on investment for DWD's vocational rehabilitation system.
Union workers have approved a new six-year contract at the Caterpillar mining equipment plant in South Milwaukee. It's the first contract since Caterpillar acquired the plant in 2010 from the former Bucyrus International. It freezes wages-and-pension payments - but it includes a four-thousand-dollar signing bonus, plus annual bonuses based on the company's performance. The workers could get up to 18-thousand dollars during the life of the contract. The deal also includes shorter temporary layoffs. Local 1343 of the United Steelworkers union had rejected a similar contract in April.
Police in Fond du Lac are looking for a man who stole a van with an eight-year-old boy in the backseat. The child was dropped off unharmed about a mile south of where the vehicle was stolen. As of late yesterday, police were still looking for both the thief and the vehicle. Holly Jaschob told WTMJ T-V in Milwaukee that she took her kids to the Fond du Lac ShopKo store on Monday night, but her son Eli had to stay in the van because he was not wearing shoes. Jaschob said she left the air conditioning on, and Eli went in the back seat to play a video game on his mom's cell phone.
Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate blocked approval yesterday of a Republican bill to require women to get ultrasounds before getting abortions. The hold-up won't be long, as G-O-P Senate leaders said the bill would come up again at eight this morning. New Berlin Republican Mary Lazich proposed the bill, saying it would reduce the numbers of abortions by letting women see photos of the unborn children they want to abort. She also said there's a lot of trauma with abortions, and many women later regret having them.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's Justin Morneau was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Twins in a 3-2 victory over the Phillies at Target Field last night. Morneau ripped a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth for Minnesota, which had lost four of its previous five. Oswaldo Arcia also poked an RBI double while Brian Duensing picked up the win in relief. Glen Perkins locked down his 14th save in the victory. Ryan Howard and Michael Young each drove in a run for Philadelphia, which has dropped four straight.
APPLETON - Sun Prairie and Stevens Point will play tomorrow for the Division 1 state high school spring baseball crown near Appleton. Defending champion Sun Prairie advanced to the title game by crushing Stoughton 15-5, in a semi-final ended in five innings by the mercy rule. Connor Funnell was a homer short of the cycle, as Sun Prairie scored in all five innings. Stevens Point made the title game with a 14-5 win over Bay Port. Sterling King and Cal Giese each drove in three runs, and Point starter Austin Schulfer struck out 12 in six innings for the win.