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Many area farmers are being urged to find ways to keep their soil as moist as possible before the winter freeze sets in.
Winona County has just been added to the list of 'severe' drought areas in Minnesota, after a year when rainfall has been several inches below normal. Jake Overgaard, a farm educator with the University of Minnesota Extension, says the 'severe' rating wasn't much of a surprise. Overgaard says leaving residue on farm fields will help trap snow, to retain moisture in the soil during the winter.
(AP) A police officer in central Minnesota has died in what authorities are calling an ambush killing. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Cold Spring police Officer Tom Decker was shot twice late Thursday. Sanner says he was responding to a call from a concerned family member about a man in Cold Spring who might be suicidal. Sanner said Friday that Decker died at the scene. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assistant superintendent Drew Evans says it was an ambush.
Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring was arrested at the scene. The county prosecutor is reviewing the case for charges.
Decker's chief, Phil Jones, called the six-year veteran the department jokester. He says Decker leaves behind a wife and four young children.
(AP) Next year's Wisconsin state park admission stickers are set to go on sale this weekend. The stickers grant year-round admission to more than 60 state parks, forests and recreation areas. They'll go on sale Saturday at state park facilities and Department of Natural Resources service centers around the state. They cost $25 for Wisconsin residents, $10 for Wisconsin senior citizens and $35 for out-of-state residents.
The stickers feature a drawing of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. Waukesha South High School sophomore Holly Jo Cegielski submitted the design in a statewide contest.
Annual state trail passes for 2013 will go on sale on Saturday as well. They run $20 for both state residents and non-residents.
It's 'absolutely necessary' to get rid of most of La Crosse's ash trees...
That's what one expert told the La Crosse Park Board last night, before the board voted to take down all of the ash trees on four pieces of city property. The reason...to prevent the emerald ash borer from killing those trees. Evidence of the insect's presence in La Crosse was confirmed this month, when a blighted tree was discovered at Valley View Mall. If the city council approves the plan, hundreds of ash trees will be cut up into chips, which will be stockpiled at West Copeland Park.
Investigators have found the body of the Osseo-Fairchild School District Superintendent. A news release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies found the body of Dennis Geissler on Wednesday at a home in Barron County.
Osseo-Fairchild Middle/Senior High Principal Bill Tourdot told police on Wednesday afternoon that he had not heard from Geissler in several days, and when he had stopped at the house, he found Geissler dead in his car in the garage.
Investigators believe Geissler died of carbon monoxide poisoning, but are analyzing toxicology evidence to determine exactly how he died.
The AIDS outbreak doesn't get as much public attention as it did in the 80's and 90's, but the rate of infection is growing in Wisconsin and other places.
The head of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Mike Gifford, says hundreds of new HIV infections are reported yearly in the state. The number of new cases last year was up 19 per cent from the number reported in 2010.
Gifford supports a call by a national task force to do routine testing for the AIDS virus among patients 15 and older.