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A Prescott man died overnight at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a result of injuries suffered in a head-on crash last Sunday on Hwy. 35 south of Prescott. Randy J. Tape, 51, had been transported by helicopter from the scene along with his passenger, 53-year-old Tammy A.
SPRING VALLEY -- A 57-year-old Downsville man was transported to a Menomonie hospital for treatment following a two-vehicle crash at 7:51 a.m., Thursday that resulted in a rollover and fire. Clayton D. Crouley, of rural Downsville, was northbound on Hwy. 128, about a mile south of Hwy. 29 in the town of Spring Lake when he attempted to pass a pickup truck-trailer rig that was towing a large round bale trailer.
With barely three weeks until the 10th Senate District recall election, details are being worked out on three proposed forums or debates that will allow voters to compare and contrast incumbent Senator Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican, with her Democratic challenger, Ellsworth teacher Shelly Moore. Moore's press secretary, Gillian Morris, announced Friday that Moore has accepted debates with Senator Sheila Harsdorf, to be hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Patch and Wisconsin Public Radio.
SPRING VALLEY -- Services were to be held Wednesday evening at Glenwood City for 26-year-old Kyle Glenn, owner of the Spring Valley Super Value grocery store, who died early Friday morning at the Baldwin Area Medical Center. Glenn was found mortally wounded shortly before 6 a.m. Friday when sheriff's deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call apparently placed by Glenn, minutes before he shot himself with a handgun in the store's warehouse area. Officers were on-scene within minutes of the 5:38 a.m. call being received at the Ellsworth dispatch center.
MENOMONIE -- A family of six lost their home early Thursday in a fire fought by six departments until late morning. Menomonie firefighters were summoned by homeowners Randy and Denise Kiesow at 4:36 a.m. when they detected smoke after awakening to start the day. The Kiesows and their four children then safely evacuated the combined shed-residential structure. John Entorf, Menomonie Fire battalion chief, said his department requested mutual aid -- primarily water tankers -- from Colfax, Glenwood City, Elmwood, Durand and Boyceville fire departments within minutes.
Farm Technology Days volunteers were rewarded with a bratwurst and baked bean lunch, door prizes and lots of applause Saturday afternoon as organizers of the three-day July show reunited to celebrate success and acknowledge the hard work by hundreds of Pierce County residents. A short photo and music presentation showed highlights from the event and elicited some laughs when committee co-chair Mel Pittman grabbed a microphone and crooned karoke-style with the band Meatloaf's song lyrics -- "don't be sad 'cause two out of three ain't bad," a reference to the third day washout of 2010 Farm Tech
WAVERLY -- One Elmwood firefighter was airlifted to Regions Hospital Wednesday evening and two others were transported to River Falls Area Hospital after several men were overcome by smoke while fighting a rural grass fire in eastern Pierce County. Firefighter Tom Joyce, 38, remained hospitalized at Regions Thursday morning.
A pair of St. Paul men who apparently got waylaid on the tubing trip down the Kinnickinnic River late Sunday, were found by a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter early Monday and led to safety by park rangers. James Miller, 21, and Alex Sperry, 22, were checked out by medics from the River Falls Area Ambulance service at the scene sometime after 1 a.m., Monday, then released to waiting friends. Deputy Joe Smith with the Pierce County Sheriff's Dept.
At 7 a.m., the line of diners was already forming at the Dave & Amy Bechel farm, south of Elmwood, as the Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee hosted its first dairy breakfast in a decade. Guests enjoyed Belgian waffles, butter, syrups, cheese, milk, puddings and custard in the presence of Bechels' 400-plus Holsteins. Light rain continued to fall during the first 90 minutes of the five-hour event but organizers hoped to feed at least 400 people before things wrapped up, according to Pierce ag extension agent Greg Andrews. Cheryl O'Brien, Wisconsin's 62nd Alice in Dairyland, arrived about
WATERLOO, Wis. -- With just more than a year before the curtain goes up on Pierce County's edition of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, local organizers traveled to rural Waterloo Wednesday to watch this year's hosts in Dodge County showcase their program to Wisconsin agricultural press. Organizers reportedly sent invitations to about 250 media people from across the region.