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The State Senate District 10 primary election is scheduled for Dec. 19, ahead of the special election on Jan. 16. There are five candidates on the primary election ballot vying to replace Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned last month after Gov. Scott Walker appointed her to be the state’s Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary.
Prescott School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP® District Honor Roll. Only 25 Wisconsin school districts and seven Minnesota Districts were recognized for this achievement. To be included on the eighth annual Honor Roll, Prescott School District had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates 46 people were killed in traffic-related crashes last month. That's well below the 75 traffic deaths in November of last year and below November's five-year average of 53. Through November of this year, 555 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes including 77 motorcyclists, 56 pedestrians and seven bicyclists. Traffic deaths through November were five less compared to the same period last year.
The Salvation Army in Polk, St. Croix and Burnett counties recently notified the media of an imminent concern and the future of their shelter programs. ""Our housing programs are at risk," local Salvation Army Director Duana Bremer said. "Donations are down and demand is up."
Winter tends to slow down life in this region, but for observers of the Red Wing Bridge project, you'll notice a steady effort of activity despite the cold temperatures. We have a strong target for accomplishing a lot of work by spring 2018 and that means you'll see contractor Zenith Tech Inc. and subcontractors hard at work this winter.
Woman, 69, dies in St. Paul house fire ST. PAUL—A 69-year-old woman who was a mother and grandmother died early Thursday after a fire in her home on St. Paul's East Side, according to the fire department. A neighbor was alerted to the blaze by his barking dog about 1:45 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede. He called 911. Responding firefighters saw "a significant amount of fire coming out of the windows on two sides of the house," according to a statement from the St. Paul fire department.
Motorists getting out of town this weekend are advised to drive carefully and plan ahead as the season's first major snowfall is expected to hit parts of southern Wisconsin Friday, Dec. 8. Flurries are expected to begin in southern and eastern parts of the state Friday afternoon, with higher snowfall totals toward Lake Michigan. Wisconsin Department of Transportation warns of snow-covered roads and limited visibility. The transportation department encourages motorists to check the National Weather Service, www.weather.gov , before venturing out on roadways.
Cold weather isn't stopping work on the new Highway 63 bridge over the Mississippi River. This aerial footage of the project was filmed Dec. 1, 2017. Get caught up on the multi-year construction project at the links below:
Neal Ronquist is the new publisher for RiverTown Multimedia. Ronquist continues as publisher of the Duluth News Tribune group as well. His expanded role began last week.
Dayton announces he is cancer-free, encourages screenings ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton had a bit of good health news to share and he used the opportunity to encourage his fellow Minnesotans to look after themselves. Dayton announced that he is currently cancer free during a news conference Monday, Dec. 4. As he made the announcement, he proclaimed this to be Cancer Screen Week and encouraged others to be screened for early signs of cancer.