Messenger News

Union Pacific train derails near Knapp Sunday afternoon

By LeAnn R. Ralph KNAPP  — A Union Pacific train derailed Sunday afternoon near Knapp in the Town of Stanton by the 190th Street crossing. The Dunn County Communications Center received a report about the train derailment about 4 p.m. January 12, according to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department. All together,…

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Young rider takes fast track at CVTC

EAU CLAIRE, WI – With the help of Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Adult Education Services, McKayla Hohmann essentially finished high school in five days. She managed to squeeze it in during a visit back to her home area in Wisconsin. The 18-year-old with roots in Colfax and Osseo is working for a former Olympian and…

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Outbreak of lung disease in Wisconsin and the United States

The outbreak of  lung disease is directly connected with the use of electronic cigarettes. The Pierce, Polk and St. Croix County Health Departments want everyone to know  the dangers of vaping or using electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes. If you are using one of these products it is important you stop. “Of the cases we’ve…

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WPA offers Youth Pig Project scholarships

The Wisconsin Pork Association is once again offering Youth Pig Project scholarships. These scholarships are designed to assist 4-H and FFA members in establishing swine projects that can lead to development of life skills and career opportunities in the Wisconsin pork industry. 4-H and FFA youth are eligible to apply for a $50.00 scholarship used…

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Knutsons wins Bowl Bash Contest

The winners of the Colfax Messenger’s 12th annual College Bowl Bash contest both come from the same household. Julie and Keith Knutson of Colfax were the top two winners in this year’s contest. Julie took first place after she correctly picked 19 of the 22 bowl winners. Keith came in second after winning the tie-breaker…

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Barbershop singers hold annual awards/installation banquet

The Dunn County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presented special awards and installed the 2020 Officers and Board Members on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the Craig and Pauline Schultz’s residence in Menomonie. Nelson was recognized for his leadership and outstanding contri-bution to the Chapter throughout the year. Installing the 2020 Chapter Officers was…

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Dunn County Farm Bureau offers scholarships to high school seniors

Dunn County Farm Bureau will be granting up to four (4) $250.00 scholarships for high school seniors graduating in 2020.  This scholarship is open to all students with preference given to students from Dunn County Farm Bureau families. This scholarship will be based on the student’s past school and community activities. Scholarship recipients will be…

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Chippewa County sheriff issues scam warning

CHIPPEWA COUNTY  —  Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk has issued a warning about a fraudulent telephone scam involving the Clerk of Courts office. According to a news release, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department received a report about a fraud on December 31, 2019. Investigators discovered that the perpetrator had been able to make it appear…

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