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EAU CLAIRE - The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories from now until 9 p.m Thursday for the Eau Claire region in western Wisconsin – and until seven on Friday night for about the southern third of the state including La Crosse and Sheboygan. Forecasters say the heat index could hit 105 in the advisory areas.
SANBORN, Minn. -- A truck driver is dead after his rig was hit by a train in Redwood County Monday afternoon. Sheriff's officials say 70-year-old Richard Utz of rural Comfrey was crossing the tracks northeast of Sanborn when his semi was struck by a Canadian Pacific train. Utz was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.
MADISON - Wisconsin Deputy Athletic Director Sean Frazier was named today as the new AD at Northern Illinois. Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left to become the new AD at North Carolina. Frazier has been at the UW since 2007, with an emphasis on football. He joins a Northern Illinois program that’s coming off its most successful campaign in school history.
A two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning temporarily blocked traffic on Hwy. 10 near it's intersection with Hwy. 63 right outside the Pierce-Pepin building. The accident involved David Zimbauer, 28 of Augusta and Jeffery Beestman, 57, of Blair. Beestman was driving a Chevy Blazer whose front reportedly ran into the back of the trailer Zimbauer was driving. Ellsworth Ambulance assisted the injured Beestman at the scene and he had non-life threating injuries. Also there was the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
ARKANSAW - "Making the Best of Pepin County Better" is this year's theme for the annual Pepin County Fair takes place this weekend at the county's fairgrounds in Arkansaw next Arkansaw Elementary School. Admisssion to the fair is free along with the inflatables, kids train ride and games. The fair begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and runs until 4 p.m. Sunday. This year's fair will feature a petting zoo and pony rides from Fantasay Corral from Baldwin. There will also be the first Pepin County Fair Agriculture Olympics taking place at 2 p.m.
MADISON - For the first time, the State Supreme Court has told the DNR to consider the economic impact of the water levels it sets on lakes. In a 4-to-3 decision today, the justices ruled in favor of the Rock-Koshkonong Lake District in Rock and Jefferson counties. The district said it would increase tourism if it could raise Lake Koshkonong by almost seven-and-a-quarter inches each summer.
The Ellsworth Village Board approved spending $9,000 to help pay for improvements to Summit Park’s baseball field during their July meeting last week.
ST. PAUL - Aaron Schaffhausen’s ex-wife says she’s relieved that he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison. Jessica Schaffhausen tells KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-Saint Paul that she feels safer – she can finally forget about her ex – and she’ll focus on living to honor the three daughters that Aaron killed.
WHEAT RIDGE, Col. - Authorities have arrested the former roommate of Minnesota-native Leann "Annie" Meyer on suspicion of murder in Colorado. On Monday, Wheat Ridge Police arrested 54-year-old Melissa Miller who is currently being held without bond.
NEW YORK CITY -- Minnesota teammates Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins will represent the Twins at tonight's All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Mauer is the starting catcher and will bat eighth for the American League, which has lost three straight to the National League. Both Mauer and Perkins were born in St. Paul and at times played youth baseball together.