Local News 4/24/18


The Pepin County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead after a grass fire just outside of Durand.  Sheriff Joel Wener said it happened on Hayes Road in the Town of Lima.  Once they arrived, the found a small barn, a tin outhouse and one to two acres of grass on fire. The victim was found at the scene. The victim's name is not being released until their family can be notified.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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An ammonia spill at Abbyland Foods in Abbotsford has sent 18 people to a hospital with breathing complications.  One of the victims is a firefighter.  Multiple departments were called to the plant Monday evening, when a pipe carrying the gas ruptured.  It was quickly repaired.  Abbotsford firefighters were going door-to-door last night, checking on residents to make sure they were okay.  Authorities are still monitoring air quality. They say calm winds helped keep the impact of the spill from being much worse.

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A St. Croix County man is charged with making terrorist threats - after police said he threatened to shoot, and kill, his neighbor. It happened in Baldwin Saturday night. Crews blocked off streets and evacuated homes, and a business, after getting the call.  A woman said Jonathan Nagy was intoxicated, and made verbal and written threats to kill her fiance. She told police the two had a history of problems.  Nagy did not answer the door for police, but an officer was able to see him on the floor, with his rifle on a bi-pod pointed at the door. After three orders to come out, he eventually turned himself into police. Nagy returns to court May 1. If convicted, he faces more than 4 years in prison.

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All our recent snow is melting and melting fast, which can be dangerous. Right now, the Chippewa River is seven feet below flood stage downtown. It's  expected to crest Friday morning. Lower sections of the Chippewa River Trail in the City of Eau Claire are closed.  Flood waters can generate stronger, faster currents, and the cooler air and low water temps increase the risk of hypothermia.  Anyone choosing to use the rivers for boating, canoeing, kayaking or fishing should use extreme caution and wear a life vest.

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