Last Friday, students of the St. Croix Falls School District were left reeling when they lost two of their own who were on their way to school.
When attending a school as small as St. Croix Falls, or the size of any of the schools around here, it is felt especially keenly as most students know one another.
When the student body received the news there were many tears shed, and there is no doubt that more will fall in the days and weeks to come.
McKinley Erickson, a 16 year old junior and Kegan Koshiol, 15, a freshman were both on the wrestling team. They were on their way to school for an early morning workout.
Erickson made it a habit to take younger athletes under his wing, no matter what the sport.
“He knew it was the right thing to do,” observed Grant Belisle, Saints head football coach in a televised interview. “He knew what the right thing to do was, whether they needed guidance or support, he was there for them. Whether it was pick them up and bring them there, he was there for whatever they needed.”
Erickson was also a school member for Kinship of Polk County.
Koshiol was also known for his outgoing personality and his ability to make friends.
An area woman was pronounced dead at the scene after an Iowan, who blew four times the legal limit, turned into her path, causing her car to crash into his truck and trailer on Feb. 23.
It was Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. when Polk County Dispatch got the call of a two-vehicle accident on County Road M, just north of the Saint Croix/Polk County Line. A (Polk County) deputy arrived on scene within six minutes and reported that this was a truck pulling a trailer northbound, which had collided with a southbound passenger car.
Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak's press release to the Ledger on Monday morning said the truck pulling the recreational trailer was occupied by an adult male driver and two adult female passengers. These subjects were attempting to make a left hand turn onto East Cedar Lake road.
At noon on Monday, when the Ledger met with the sheriff, he said this truck and trailer turned right into the path of the car. Those in the truck with trailer were all uninjured, but the driver of the passenger car was killed when she collided with the truck/trailer. Dawn Richter, 54, of New Richmond, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Saints girls come up against battle hardened Warriors
T.A. Doughty-St. Hilaire
Last Thursday, the St. Croix Falls Saints Girls Basketball team hosted the now 22-0 Clear Lake Warriors. Their guests brought the fight to them.
There is no doubt that the Saints girls are a talented, athletic team. Their overall record stands at 21-1. They have solid team work and multiple players that can sink baskets as well as the experienced guidance that they receive from their coach Angie Maternowsky. The Saints have pretty much been able to dominate the teams they have met on the court. The Warriors however were going to prove to be another matter entirely.
Many of the games the Saints have played this season saw rather massive scoring gaps and the Saints girls made it seem easy. However, when they met the Warriors on the court, they were playing against a team that was just as good if not better than them.
The first half of the game was slow and relatively low scoring. Both teams had strong defenses so racking up points proved to be a struggle.
At the half, the score stood at 19-15, with the Saints having a four-point lead. It was no time to get comfortable as in the second half the Warriors came back ready for a fight. They increased the pressure on the Saints as they scored another 31 points while holding the Saints to just 20.
Final score: 46-39, Clear Lake.
Top scorers for the Saints were Emily McCurdy with 16 and Olivia Miron with nine points.
Top scorers for the Warriors was Madison Zimmer with 25 points, and Maddie Rosen with 11 points.
The Saints are next slated to play the winner of the match up between Osceola and Baldwin/Woodville on Friday. They have received a bye for the first rounds of Regionals on March 3.
February 27, 2020
Special program for special abilities
By Lynda Berg Olds
It was a red letter day at Jensen Furniture in Luck on Monday. Senator Patty Schachtner visited the store to see Luck School's Special Education Transitioning Program in action. Two students, Richard Lund and Caleb Greener work at Jensen Furniture five days a week (Monday through Friday) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., learning real life skills – and a paycheck.
Senator Schachtner asked Sonya Jensen, who has day to day oversight over the two young men, “What's the best part about having them here?”
“I think it is great to have the collaboration with the school and I really like that they want to come,” enthused Sonya. “They can come in and do some jobs that maybe I can't get to right away. And it gets them out of the school for a little bit and out into the work force.”
The senator queried if this experience was what Sonya thought it would be.
“Yes, it has been great. So far it has been just great. They are willing to try new things and stick with the plan everyday, so yes, it is good.”