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Things have really sped up with the corpse flower today with the increasing temperatures outside. (Watch live video.) The flower is already starting to open, and UW-River Falls horticulturists are now predicting it will completely open sometime tonight.
HUDSON -- A “sheriff’s sale” auction for the Schaffhausen house in River Falls where three sisters were killed by their father drew not a single bidder Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, at the St. Croix County Government Center. That means the property will be retained by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union of St. Paul, which held the mortgage for the property at 2790 Morningside Ave. Affinity Plus set the opening bid at $189,261. The auction was overseen by St. Croix County Sheriff St. Jason Sykora.
Dr. Duke Pesta, professor of English at UW-Oshkosh, will discuss the “Common Core State Standards Initiatives” program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls. Pesta will go over the ongoing struggle to roll back Common Core implementation and will give examples of how he believes it threatens to undermine, weaken and centralize public and private education. Pesta has a master's and a doctorate in literature.
MENOMONIE -- The lights went out in UW-Stout’s Jarvis Hall the night of June 21 when more than three inches of rain fell in a short time in Menomonie, flooding city streets and filling the basement of the university’s newest building. Now, thanks to the work of university employees and contractors, electrical equipment has been replaced in the Jarvis Hall basement, walls have been painted, flooring is new, information technology is operating and laboratories and storage areas are getting back to normal.
TRIMBELLE – Two men were injured in a one-vehicle accident reported at 3:48 a.m. Sunday, July 14. The crash took place near the intersection of County Road K and 810th Street in the town of Trimbelle.
Two elderly passengers were injured Sunday morning when a woman lost control of the car she was driving and struck several mailboxes and a tree in Pierce County. Due to a medical condition, Janet K. Wuorenma, 55, Prescott, lost control of her vehicle, injuring a female passenger and a male passenger, according to Pierce County Deputy Andrew Thoms. The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on Hwy. 10 near County Road QQ in the town of Oak Grove. According to Thoms, investigation showed that the 1999 Cadillac DeVille was traveling east on Hwy. 10 when the accident occurred. Ruth M.
The house in River Falls where Aaron Schaffhausen killed his three daughters will be auctioned off in a sheriff’s foreclosure sale on Aug. 13. Schaffhausen defaulted on a mortgage he took out last March. That was two months after he and his wife divorced and he moved to North Dakota – and four months before he killed his daughters Amara, Sophie and Cecilia. Schaffhausen stopped making payments on the mortgage in January 2012, leaving $181,000 unpaid. He’ll be sentenced July 15. In April a jury rejected his insanity defense.
State Rep. Warren Petryk has been named Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Wisconsin Legislator of the Year.
According to state records, filing documents weren't received from John O'Boyle, and evidently his name won't appear on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship in April. The two certified candidates for the position are River Falls lawyer Joe Boles and Ellsworth lawyer Robert Loberg. O'Boyle, currently Pierce County's district attorney, said Wednesday morning that he overnight mailed his registration forms and completed nomination papers to the Government Accountability Office in Madison Monday. The deadline for filing was 5 p.m.
Three candidates have filed for one seat on the Pierce County Board, triggering a February primary election. As of press time Tuesday morning, with just hours to go before the filing deadline, two River Falls area seats had no declared candidates. While all the papers weren't in yet, it appears there will be races for three other seats. The general election will be held Tuesday, April 6. The primary will be in District 8, where both Thomas Sitz, N8739 CTH W, River Falls, and Katie Pata, W9252 800th Ave., River Falls, are challenging incumbent John Kucinski.