The Civic Auditorium at St. Croix Falls is a blessing to some and a curse for others. The Historic Civic Auditorium located on Washington Street holds a lot of memories for residents and visitors alike.
When the TIF District in St. Croix Falls was established, it was decided that the Civic Auditorium project would be the recipient of those monies. Countless volunteers donated hundreds if not thousands of hours to the cause. For a time, it enjoyed the support of following councils, until the incarnation of the previous council, who voted down the project 2 to 1, with one seat being vacant.
That move was overturned with the seating of the current council, but the path forward remained unclear.
At Monday night's city council meeting, a closed session was held to discuss the Master Use Agreement between the City and the Friends of the Civic Auditorium.
A consensus has been reached between the two parties. The attorneys for each side will now be directed to come together and finalize the agreement. The terms of the agreement are expected to be shared at the next city council meeting later this month.
On Nov. 9, at 9:03 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two vehicle traffic accident on Highway 87 near 210th Avenue. Deputies and emergency medical personnel from Milltown, Cushing and St. Croix Falls responded to the scene.
Sheriff Brent Waak said in a press release to Ledger Newspapers, “The drivers of both vehicles were transported by ambulance to St. Croix Regional Medical Center for injuries received in the accident. One of the drivers was subsequently airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The driver transported to Regions Hospital was pronounced deceased at Regions Hospital. The deceased driver is identified as E Lor of St. Paul, Minn. The second driver was treated for injuries and released.”
Waak stated that according to the preliminary investigation, the accident “appears to be related to icy road conditions.”
A tremendous number of comments on social media, from motorists who travel that route every day, said, “Everyone just drives too fast.” Several also complained they were often passed on double yellow lines.
The accident is being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Waak extended his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Update on previously reported crash in Hwy. 87 in Polk County. The accident resulted in the death of one of the drivers.
The Luck Cardinal 8-man Football program is a success story. It would appear that moving from the 11-man line -up was definitely the right move for the Cards as they head off to State once again.
Last Friday, the Cardinals headed to Cumberland where they took on the Shell Lake Lakers, defeating them handily, 56-15.
Luck established their dominance early on in the game scoring 28 points in the first quarter, not allowing the Lakers any leeway. Levi Jensen made three touch downs in the first for a total of 81 yards. Wyatt Jensen also made a touchdown in the first for nine yards.
Luck continued their momentum in the second quarter when Bennett Jensen made a run for five yards. Shell Lake finally got on the board after that thanks to a touchdown and successful two-point conversion. Before the half, Bennett Jensen made another touchdown making the score 42-8, at the half.
The Cardinals dominated in the third quarter with Levi Jensen earning another touchdown. Riley Runnels also recovered a fumble.
The Lakers were floundering, but did manage to get on the board again in the fourth quarter with a 10 yard touchdown run and a successful field goal kick.
Final score 56-15, Luck.
The Cardinals will next travel to Chippewa Falls to take on Newman Catholic at Dorais Field for the state title.
Luck School hosted a Community Dinner prior to a Referendum Forum/Focus Group on Monday night. While a better turnout was hoped for, there was some good discussion. Superintendent Cory Hinkel said Tuesday morning, “I appreciate the people that showed up to voice their concerns and comments, but wish more people would show interest to help steer the decision-making process.”
Indeed he opened the meeting imploring, “We really do want to hear from you – what you want for our direction.”
Hinkel briefly gave an overview before turning the meeting over to Board of Education President Jacob Jensen. He noted they would discuss potential project areas and tax impact, which would be followed by the group discussion. He also introduced the school board members, who were all in attendance, as well as Luke Schultz, the facilities consultant from CESA 10, who has been working with the school board and administration helping them through the referendum process.