SUPERIOR — An explosion rocked a large refinery in Wisconsin Thursday, injuring several people, a fire official said. The blast at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened at about 10 a.m. Five people were taken to hospitals in Duluth, Minnesota, Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger told The Associated Press. He doesn’t know the extent of their injuries. Others were walking wounded. There were no known fatalities. A contractor who was inside the building told WDIO television that
MENOMONIE — Ezra J. McCandless, the woman accused in the stabbing death of an Eau Claire man, will undergo a mental competency evaluation before her next court hearing. Dunn County Judge James Peterson ordered the evaluation after ruling Wednesday there was probable cause McCandless committed the crime and bound her over for trial. McCandless, 20, of Stanley, is in the Dunn County Jail charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Dunn County authorities on March 23 found the body of
A town of Washington couple whose basement began flooding after nearby road construction has filed a civil lawsuit against Eau Claire County. Brandon and Desiree Adkins, who bought their home at 5260 Deerfield Road in January 2015, are asking for the beginning of condemnation proceedings; a judgment against the county for just compensation for the property; in the alternative, a judgment against the county for damages; costs, including attorneys’ fees; and any other relief deemed just.
An Eau Claire County Jail inmate is accused of attacking a corrections officer with a sharp-edged weapon he created from a jail-issued toothbrush. A forensic pathologist told authorities Emmitt M. Ritter-Simpson could have killed the officer with the weapon had he been successful in stabbing the officer in the neck. When interviewed after the attack, Ritter-Simpson said he had no recollection of the incident. Ritter-Simpson, 22, 1611 Western Ave., was charged Wednesday with a felony count of
State Rep. Romaine Quinn has announced his bid for re-election to the 75th Assembly District seat. Quinn, R-Barron, was elected to his first two-year term in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. Quinn is chairman of the Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee and vice chairman of the Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee. Quinn introduced two bills to help people recovering from the storms that passed through northern Wisconsin last summer. The Wisconsin Electric Cooperative
It was all kind of a blur. But at the very least, it was a blur Ali Glassbrenner could handle. In the finals of the women’s mile at the NCAA Division III indoor track and field championships on March 10 in Birmingham, Ala., the former Eau Claire Memorial swimmer and sprinter — you read that correctly — let the field take the race out conservatively. The St. Thomas senior sat in the very back. She had done so many new things in the past couple of years leading up to
Eau Claire city and county government leaders made their way Wednesday through the Pablo Center at the Confluence one space at a time, impressed by such creative touches as shiny copper accents and a blue-and-white terrazzo floor meant to symbolize the Chippewa River flowing fast just outside the structure. They expressed similar sentiments as they walked through the 400-seat Jamf Theatre, performance spaces with attractive views overlooking the river and other areas designed for
The joy of a picture book is its simplicity, but local actor Kevin Grady said he thinks when kids look at those books, one picture becomes part of a grand adventure. Grady and six other Eau Claire Children’s Theatre cast members are giving that adventure a whole new life with P.D. Eastman’s classic novel, “Go, Dog, Go.” “That’s what kids are doing anyway when they’re flipping through these books,” Grady said. “When they see
When the unprotected human body encounters high-altitude conditions, perilous symptoms can occur. Thinning oxygen clouds the brain’s ability to function — a symptom of hypoxia often referred to as brain fog. Sudden loss of airplane cabin pressure will bring on intense pain in the ears and sinuses. Extreme cold at high altitudes can cause hypothermia. And when an aircraft travels beyond the Armstrong line at 60,000 feet, an unprotected human’s blood will begin to boil.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — A lawsuit against Walmart that was filed after an officer shot and killed a 25-year-old woman at the Lake Hallie store in April 2016 is moving forward. Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson heard arguments from three attorneys Tuesday but decided not to make decisions then on whether to dismiss the case. Melissa Abbott was a resident at the Northern Wisconsin Center, a state-operated facility in Chippewa Falls for persons with disabilities and mental diseases, at the