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Around 3 a.m. April 12, a Hammond woman opened her second-story bedroom window and climbed out just as the man she'd met a couple months prior on a dating website — the same man who moments earlier told her he'd kill her and her unborn child — ran at her with a knife, grabbing her left foot momentarily as she let go of the window and fell to the ground, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
Authorities followed digital footprints among suspected drug dealers in building a homicide case in the 2017 overdose death of a River Falls man, according to charges filed this week in Pierce County Circuit Court. Arrest warrants were issued Thursday, April 18, for 31-year-old Orlando P. Eaton of St. Paul and 28-year-old Dante J. Ackerman of Lakeland, Minn. Both men are charged with first-degree reckless homicide as party to a crime in the May 9, 2017, overdose death of Patrick Pace, a 2003 River Falls High School graduate.
Flash flooding left damage and closed roads around Pierce County after a heavy soaking rain drenched the area Wednesday, April 17. Prescott officials were assessing mudslides in two areas, one of which closed a portion of Highway 10. City Administrator Jayne Brand said a mudslide occurred on Hilton Street, which caused a retaining wall to collapse onto Highway 10. The incident closed one eastbound lane of traffic. Brand said "a pretty good part" of the wall collapsed and that another portion of it was bowing.
A national Judo competitor into his 30s, Randal Gast assured authorities his proficiency in self-defense saved him from a fate that "would have been much worse for a lot of different people" when his brother Ronald Gast grabbed the wooden handle of a 13-inch knife from a kitchen drawer, raised it overhead and attacked him, according to a criminal complaint filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
A Red Wing, Minn., woman accused of stealing nearly $8,000 in saddles and riding equipment in the middle of the night from Rimoe Ranch on County H west of Star Prairie had bond set at $10,000 during her initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court April 11, according to court documents. Allison Ann MacDonald, 29, was charged with felony burglary of a dwelling and felony theft of movable property $5,000-$10,000 close to a month after a March 2 incident in which she allegedly was caught on surveillance footage removing the property from a Rimoe Ranch tack room.
Thousands of motorcyclists will kick off the unofficial start of the riding season during the "Spring Flood Run" Saturday, April 20. The route takes riders along the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona. Motorists need to use extra caution this weekend with as many as 30,000 motorcyclists riding during the event. Riders should take safety into their own hands and motorists are encouraged to always look twice for motorcycles.
The following are eyewitness accounts of the historic Sept. 17, 1942 Spring Valley flood that is forever imprinted in minds and history books. Eyewitness accounts compiled by Rachel Helgeson Gloria Arneson Weghorn
The Woodbury dentist from New Richmond accused of setting fire to his neighbor's boathouse pleaded not guilty in St. Croix County Circuit Court April 10 to one charge of felony arson and two misdemeanor charges — criminal damage to property and negligent handling of burning material. John Michael Haag, 55, was charged Feb. 4 after police allegedly followed a set of boot tracks from the scene of a fire on the east side of Bass Lake to Haag's residence roughly a half-mile away, according to a criminal complaint.
The following area schools are closed Thursday, April 11, 2019, due to snow.
A driver and a passenger were ejected from an all-terrain vehicle which rolled over Saturday, April 6 at 5:36 p.m., sending the driver to the River Falls Area Hospital with undetermined injuries. The driver, 55-year-old John Kees from River Falls, was transported to the hospital by the River Falls Ambulance service. His passenger, 53-year-old Tiffany Rasumussen from River Falls, was left uninjured. According to a news release from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office: