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Wisconsin Farmers Union holds spring meeting at Emerald

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

By LeAnn R. Ralph TOWN OF EMERALD  —  Groundwater and the environment were the focus of the Wisconsin Farmers Union spring meeting at the Emerald Town Hall. Allen Croes, a senior at Glenwood City High School, presented his Contemporary Social Issues project on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and Kim Dupre, a Town of Emerald…

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WPR: Rural broadband hot topic in western WI

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

By LeAnn R. Ralph COLFAX  —  Inadequate rural broadband — the lack of sufficient Internet speed in rural areas — has become a hot topic in western Wisconsin. The West Side with host Rich Kremer on Wisconsin Public Radio, WHWC 88.3, March 27 talked about the topic of rural broadband with Angie Dickinson, state broadband…

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St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo to host 2017 Miss Rodeo Wisconsin pageant

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

By Cara L. Dempski GLENWOOD CITY — This year’s St. Croix Valley Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo will have a few extra competitors in 2017, but they will not be riding in the rodeo. The June 16 and 17 event will also host the 2017 Miss Rodeo Wisconsin pageant. Laura Nielsen, who was Miss Rodeo…

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New rankings show healthiest and least healthy counties in Wisconsin

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. AND MADISON, WIS. – According to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released March 30 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), St. Croix County ranked 3 out of 72 counties for health outcomes and 5 for health factors, Dunn County ranked 35 out…

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New Haven treasurer accused of ethics violation

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE  —  The treasurer for the Town of New Haven has been named as the defendant in a civil suit filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s office alleging an ethics violation. Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew J. Maki filed the civil complaint in Dunn County Circuit Court March 27…

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Motorcylist dies following crash in St. Croix County

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

STAR PRAIRIE — A Star Prairie man became St. Croix County’s third traffic fatality of 2017 following a motorcycle accident on March 31. 33-year-old Reed C. Shipley died Sunday, April 2 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN from injuries in last Friday’s accident that occurred at 6:14 p.m. on CTH CC/Wall Street at CTH…

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Former Ridgeland woman pleads guilty to fraud, ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

By LeAnn R. Ralph MENOMONIE  —  A 24-year-old former Ridgeland woman charged with fraud and identity theft has pleaded guilty and has been ordered to pay $17,823 in restitution. Tiffany M. Hobbick appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court March 22 for a sentencing hearing before Judge James Peterson.  Hobbick pleaded guilty to fraud against a…

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Heart failure and skilled nursing facilities: The importance of getting the facts

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

ROCHESTER, MN — For many people diagnosed with heart failure — which almost invariably results in a hospital stay — the next stop is a skilled nursing facility. While their physician often will reassure them that it’s just for a short time until they can get back to their home, in reality, that stay is…

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Celebrate Earth Day with St. Croix County

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

ST. CROIX COUNTY — St. Croix County is offering residents several opportunities to celebrate Earth Day during the month of April by taking part in local, state and nationwide activities.  “Earth Day is an opportunity to remind residents of the benefits of recycling and conserving our natural resources,” said St. Croix County Recycling Specialist, Megen…

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St. Croix County officials remind drivers to stay safe during this construction season

By Melissa | April 4, 2017

St. Croix County Highway Commissioner, Tim Ramberg, urges people to drive carefully in highway work zones throughout the 2017 construction season.  “Road workers are just like anyone else. They want to do a good job and make it home to their families at night,” said Commissioner Ramberg.  “We ask that everyone take extra time and…

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