5 years ago — 2013 Kaitlyn Witherspoon is the first recipient of the Eileen Phillips Cohen String Scholarship at UW-Eau Claire. 10 years ago — 2008 Northern Dunn County and Chippewa County suffer downed trees and utility lines and some damage to buildings as thunderstorms pass through the region. 20 years ago — 1998 Eau Claire’s Park School, closing at the end of the school year, hosts an open house. 35 years ago — 1983 Democratic presidential nominee Sen.
Local reminders of his ancestors’ craftsmanship abound for Rolland Freid. “Dunnville sandstone” was used in the building of the Mabel Tainer Center for the Arts in Menomonie and a number of schools, institutional buildings and homes, not only in the region but across much of the United States. Family lore has it that Freid’s grandfather, Alfred, had a hand in carving the eagle that rests atop the federal building and courthouse in downtown Eau Claire. Rolland Freid, a
Dunn County Found guilty SMITH, Brandon K., 32, Elk Mound, possession of THC, second offense, June 26, 2016, two years probation, smoking in restricted areas June 26, 2016, $735 fine. DAVIS, Kedar J., 20, 604 21st Ave. E., Unit 38, Menomonie, intimidate victim/threaten force, Dec. 17, 2017, two years prison, two years extended supervision, battery Dec. 17, 2017, restitution, nine months jail, knowingly violate a domestic abuse order Dec. 17, 2017, nine months jail, $5,269 fine.
MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Board on Wednesday night approved the sale of 5.9 acres for $653,400 to Prevea for a potential new health care clinic. County Manager Paul Miller said the county was approached by Prevea several months ago regarding the land, which is located adjacent to The Neighbors of Dunn County off U.S. 12 on Menomonie’s east side. The deal will include utility easements and the installation of frontage road for access to the land, which could cost $400,000.
MENOMONIE — Farmers in Eau Claire, Chippewa and Dunn counties are playing catch-up after a late snowstorm pushed planting back more than a week, according to area agricultural agents. The state had three days of suitable fieldwork last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In the Eau Claire and Chippewa County area, soil conditions and moisture are good, according to the most recent Wisconsin Crop Progress and Condition
MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Executive Committee this week rejected the idea of a referendum in the county aimed at the “dark store” tax strategy. As defined by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, dark store theory is when big box retailers, banks, distribution facilities and other commercial properties attempt to argue the assessed value of their facilities should be assessed at the value of a vacant building of a similar size. County Manager Paul Miller said this tax
MENOMONIE — Over the last 10 years, Dunn County has been shifting how it approaches criminal justice by leaning less on confinement and looking more toward treatment. This month marks a decade since people like Kristin Korpela, Dunn County Department of Human Services director, and Sara Benedict, criminal justice coordinator, started to look at how Dunn County treats inmates with mental illnesses and how to successfully bring them back into the community with what they call “smart
MENOMONIE — A Boyceville man charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle pleaded not guilty to all five charges Monday. Todd R. Dormanen, 47, 817 Tiffany St., is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of motor vehicle while having a prior intoxicant-related conviction/revocation, operating while intoxicated causing injury, fourth-offense drunken driving, homicide by negligent operating of a vehicle and reckless driving causing great bodily harm. Dormanen is scheduled
MENOMONIE — The man charged with a triple homicide after being accused of driving the wrong way down Interstate 94 last year was sentenced Monday to 75 years in prison. Serghei Kundilovski, 36, of Orangevale, Calif., pleaded guilty in November 2017 in Dunn County Court to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. On Monday, Dunn County Judge James Peterson sentenced Kundilovski for 25 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision for each count of homicide
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