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Authorities respond to 2-car crash in town of Troy

A crash victim is wheeled to a River Falls ambulance Friday afternoon after a two-car crash in the town of Troy. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia
A New Richmond man was hospitalized and a Hudson teenager was checked for injuries after their cars collided Friday afternoon in the town of Troy.
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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Wisconsin roundup: DNR warns hunters of emerald ash borer-weakened trees; more state news stories

Wisconsin DNR officials warned deer hunters to be careful in selecting trees for deer stands due to emerald ash borer damage in some trees. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
EAU CLAIRE — As 600,000 deer hunters hit the woods this weekend, they'll have to be more careful about where they put their tree stands.
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Wisconsin roundup: Third western Wis. school threat probed; more state news stories

MENOMONIE — Police in western Wisconsin are investigating a third high school threat within the past week.
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St. Croix County’s Nieskes to review officer-involved shooting

St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes will review evidence in the investigation of an officer-involved shooting death of a northern Wisconsin teenager. File photo
St. Croix County’s district attorney will determine whether or not the shooting of a teenager by a sheriff’s deputy was justified. Michael Nieskes said Thursday he was asked by the ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

(715) 426-1072
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Separate crashes leave 2 injured in Pierce County

Two drivers were hospitalized in separate crashes Tuesday evening on Pierce County roads. The first crash, reported at 5:47 p.m. Nov. 14 on 410th Avenue in the town of Ellsworth, ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

(715) 426-1072
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Wisconsin roundup: Ag gonna happen — Walker says ‘Dairyland’ slogan staying on plates; more state news stories

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin will continue to be "America's Dairyland." The Republican governor told Wisconsin Farm Report Radio on Tuesday there's "no way" he would support dropping ...
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Schachtner announces bid for special election

Patty Schachtner
St. Croix County Medical Examiner Patty Schachtner on Tuesday became the first Democrat to announce her bid in the special election for state Senate District 10. Schachtner, a Somerset School ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

(715) 426-1072
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Wis. plow driver spots house on fire, helps owner get to safety

River Falls firefighters were assisted by other area firefighters in putting out a house fire on Highway 65 Saturday morning, Nov. 11. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said flames could be seen coming from windows when firefighters arrived on scene. Photo courtesy River Falls Fire Department.1 / 3
Emergency responders lined one side of the road on Highway 65 Saturday morning, Nov. 11, on the scene of a structure fire. 2 / 3
Smoke could still be seen coming from the building at around 7:50 a.m. Saturday morning. 3 / 3
River Falls and other firefighters and emergency responders were sent to the scene of a structure fire near N7521 Highway 65, in the town of River Falls, Saturday morning, Nov ...
Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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Food drive aims to 'fill a Humvee' with food

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson in conjunction with the Hudson US Army Career Center will be conducting a non-perishable food drive to benefit the United Way St. Croix Valley this week at County Market. This photo was taken at last year's event, which aims to fill a Humvee. Photo courtesy of Fred Dietze
HUDSON -- The Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson in conjunction with the Hudson US Army Career Center will be conducting a non-perishable food drive to benefit the United Way St. ...
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Zimmerman announces bid to succeed Harsdorf in Senate

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, announced Nov. 13 that he will run as a Republican in the special election to fill former Sen. Sheila Harsdorf's seat after she was appointed to Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet. File photo
A second western Wisconsin lawmaker has thrown his hat in the ring to succeed Sheila Harsdorf in the state Senate’s 10th district. Rep. Shannon Zimmerman was the latest to announce ...
Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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