Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.
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RIVER FALLS, Wis.—A St. Louis, Mo., man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw at a far western Wisconsin area job site. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and one count of mayhem in the Monday, Aug. 6, attack that left 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores dead, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Pierce County. According to the complaint:
PIERCE COUNTY, Wis. — A Pierce County man accused of mistreating dogs at a home-based business was in court Tuesday, Sept. 26, for the final hearing before a jury trial begins next month. His first appearance on a new charge of misdemeanour bail jumping was postponed at the hearing pending appointment of a public defender.
Whether it's maroon and white in Minnesota or blue and white in Wisconsin, State Patrol cruisers are an unmistakable sight on area highways. But how do the local State Patrol styles compare to the rest of the country? Minnesota and Wisconsin State Patrols are competing in American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. The 12 cruiser photos with the most Facebook "likes" will be featured in AAST's 2018 wall calendar.
Click here for a full event listing. FRIDAY FEB. 3 | SATURDAY FEB. 4 | SUNDAY FEB. 5 Friday Feb. 3 Torchlight "Gone with the Windz" parade and fireworks display
The 28th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair runs Feb. 3-5, 2017 in Hudson. The balloon rally and winter festival — with the theme "Gone with the Windz" — will feature 30-plus hot air balloons and a full slate of family-friendly activities. Check out the Hudson Star Observer's coverage as well as event schedules and highlights below: Look back at the weekend's event with an interactive StoryMap .