HAYWARD — An 88-year-old Menomonie man died on Thursday in the town of Winter after drowning in the Flambeau River, according to the Sawyer County sheriff’s office. Officials aren’t yet releasing the man’s name pending family notification. According to a release from the Sawyer County sheriff’s office: At 8:52 p.m., authorities received a report of an 88-year-old man missing from a cabin on Schmidt Road near the river. Authorities found the man deceased in the
MILWAUKEE — NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation. In an interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks player says police pinned him down and held his hands behind his back then used a Taser on him outside a Walgreens store Jan. 26. An officer approached Brown for illegal parking, called for backup and six squads responded.
A man was injured and several dairy cattle were killed Thursday in a barn fire near Plum City. Pierce County authorities received a call at 8:45 p.m. about a fire at 150th Street in the town of Union. The Plum City/Union Fire and Pierce County Deputies responded to the blaze at the farm owned by Scott and Sara Smith. During the fire, Joshua Benck, 24, of Plum City, sustained injuries and was transported by Plum City/ Maiden Rock Ambulance service to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing,
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who oversaw a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002. Trump presented the nation’s most prestigious honor for battlefield bravery to Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski on Thursday at the White House. Trump said Slabinski is a “special man” and a “truly brave person.” The White House said Slabinski repeatedly exposed
HONOLULU — Lava entered the ocean from a third flow Thursday, marking the third week of a Hawaii volcano eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents in rural communities, destroyed dozens of buildings and shot miles-high plumes of ash into the sky. Low lava fountains were erupting from a nearly continuous 2-mile-long portion of the series of fissures that have opened up in the ground, scientists said Thursday. The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called “regrettable” while still holding out hope for “peace and stability.” In a letter to Kim announcing his decision to back away from the June 12 summit, Trump pointed to America’s vast military might and warned the rising nuclear power
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump’s campaign. Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately, although they did express grave
MINNEAPOLIS — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frac sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor’s bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this week at the Hi-Crush mine in Whitehall, leading to an hourslong effort to rescue the man from a 15-foot-deep pond. Rescuers freed the driver after emptying an
WASHINGTON — Stabilization efforts that have been at the heart of military and foreign policy in Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded in 2001 have largely failed, according to a report by a government watchdog. Projects were poorly planned or mismanaged, fostering widespread distrust by Afghan civilians, the report issued Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found. Many projects, the report found, faltered after American troops left an area.
Eau Claire’s public pool is extending its hours over Memorial Day weekend to help people cool off while the weather gets hot. Fairfax Park Pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. on Monday. Normally the pool would be open 2 to 6 p.m. on those three days, which serves as the first days it is open for the year. The pool’s regular open swim summer hours start on Saturday, June 2, according to a schedule on the city’s website. The