Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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RIVER FALLS — Dr. Eugene R. Jonas — a country doctor who treated every patient like a personal friend and juggled house calls between duties as a father, firefighter and...
Dr. Eugene R. Jonas, longtime Ellsworth physician, community leader and philanthropist, died Friday evening, Nov. 7 at his home in River Falls. He was 84. Jonas practiced medicine in Ellsworth for 33 years, arriving there in 1961. He also served as Pierce County Coroner for more than 20 years and was active in many area organizations including the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Ellsworth Commercial Club and others. The funeral service is set for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.
Kirby Symes, the founder of Ellsworth's wrestling program and the face of history and civics lessons for thousands of Ellsworth High School students, died early Sunday at his home in River Falls following a lingering illness. He was 83. Funeral is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls with Fr. Guy Usher, rector from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Hudson, officiating. Visitation is from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct.
SPRING VALLEY -- A Durand man was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries Tuesday evening after his motorcycle struck a car while trying to pass, spilling him and prompting an emergency response by a half-dozen agencies. Edward C. Beavers, 46, was apparently transported by medical helicopter from the scene --south of Hwy. 29 on Hwy. 128, about a mile south of the St. Croix/Pierce county line.
SPRING VALLEY--If Wayne Schmitt had his way, every oak, ash or maple board he slices off the log would be top grade; clear-grained, free of knots and blemishes. Those cuts are usually kiln-dried, sold to small manufacturers or tradesmen to be transformed into furniture, cabinets, trim, molding and flooring. But nature isn't perfect. So Wayne and sons Jeff and Greg have built their wood-processing business around transforming what they call "offal"--a Dutch word usually associated with inedible parts of a butchered animal--into wood products needed by someone in the region. A large volume o
HAGER CITY -- A Rochester, Minn., woman was transported to a Red Wing hospital with undisclosed injuries late Sunday night after the car in which was a passenger was struck by another that had lost control on pavement made slick by mayflies, Pierce sheriff's deputies reported Monday. Cynthia L. Pauly, 51, was transported by Red Wing Fire Dept. ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Wing following the 10:25 p.m. crash on Hwy. 63 near the Eisenhower bridge, between the Back Channel and Red Wing. Deputy Andrew Thoms said in a press release that Theresa L.
ELMWOOD - An Elmwood woman and her two children were transported Friday directly from the scene of an accident in the town of Eau Galle to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with various injuries. Bethany H. Olson, 35, along with passengers Gunner Olson, 2 and Emmajean Olson, 14 months, were rushed to Regions by Baldwin EMS personnel after their 2006 Chevrolet Impala was struck by a pickup truck and cattle trailer driven by Jeffrey J. Keyes, 46, from Knapp. A Regions spokesman said Tuesday that Bethany Olson was treated and released.
MADISON - Over-the-counter spring turkey permits in zones 4 and 5 -- which includes Pierce and St. Croix counties -- will be reduced by 25 percent in response to hunter feedback requesting a conservative approach to the number of permits issued for this spring's hunt, due to concerns that increased winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers.
A fierce winter storm that began with rain then dumped up to a foot of snow on some Twin Cities suburbs and areas of Western Wisconsin. @ct:Clearing the driveway became a team effort for the Lorentz brothers--Josh, left, Tucker and Zack, right, with dog “Cocoa”--at their Town of Trenton home in Pierce County. Tucker said the four-wheeler was getting stuck repeatedly as SW winds gusting to 30 mph repeatedly drifted shut what they'd managed to push open. The residence is on 390th Avenue, off Hwy.
Thursday's rain, followed by heavy wet snow and high winds left at least 170 Pierce-Pepin Electric patrons without power and had county road maintenance crews out in full force Friday morning. As of 4:50 a.m., Hwy. 63 near Hwy. 29 south of the Red Barn was closed by a downed power line for at time and at last check about 8:30 a.m., cars were being allowed through but no trucks until Xcel crews could get it repaired.