Man slit daughters’ throats, prosecutor says
HUDSON, Wis. – A man charged in the deaths of his three young daughters in River Falls, Wis., used a knife to slit the girls’ throats, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, Minot, N.D., is charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in deaths of Amara 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5.Schaffhausen made his initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Thursday.
An autopsy report said Amara and Sophie died Tuesday from sharp force injuries to the right side of their necks. Cecilia died from a sharp force injury to the neck and strangulation.
“Their throats were slit,” said District Attorney Eric Johnson in a press conference after the proceedings. He believed the murder weapon was a knife.
Schaffhausen appeared by video from the jail and said little during the initial hearing.
Jessica Schaffhausen contacted River Falls police on Tuesday and said her ex-husband and the father of her children said he killed their children, the criminal complaint said.
Police found the three children, each in their own bed with blankets covering their bodies and neck lines.
Man, 70, drowns in Lake Florida
WILLMAR, Minn. — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff has identified a 70-year-old man who drowned in Lake Florida on Wednesday as James Toth of rural Spicer, Minn.
According to a news release from Sheriff Dan Hartog, law enforcement was informed about 4:35 p.m. Wednesday that a person had been found in the water at a home along 13th Street Northwest on Lake Florida.
The responding deputy arrived to find people performing CPR on the man, who had been found in the water by relatives. Toth was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where he was pronounced dead.
Hartog said it appears that Toth was on his dock, possibly doing something on his boat, which was on a lift, when he fell, struck his head and landed in the water.
DNR lengthens wolf hunt period
Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunt will be longer than earlier announced, with a late season ending Jan. 31 instead of Jan. 6, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said Thursday.
Among other changes announced Thursday, hunters and trappers must register the wolves they take more promptly so that DNR officials can more quickly close a zone if harvest quotas are reached. Hunters and trappers must register their wolves by 10 p.m. the day of harvest rather than by 8 p.m. the following day, as had originally been planned.
Also, the hunt will be conducted in three zones rather than two after a zone was added in northwestern Minnesota, and separate quotas were established for each zone. Quotas are 265 for the northwest zone, 117 for the northeast zone and 18 for the east-central zone. The total harvest quota for all seasons is 400.
An early wolf-hunting season will open Nov. 3. That season will last up to nine days in some areas and up to 16 days in Northeastern Minnesota. A late hunting and trapping season will open Nov. 24 and continue through Jan. 31.
Hunters and trappers will be able to apply for the 6,000 available licenses in mid-August, DNR officials said.
For complete details of the hunt, go to mndnr.gov.
Rydell visitors to learn about raptors in Minn.
RYDELL, Minn. – Visitors can encounter some of the most beautiful raptors in Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. Sunday July 16 in the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.
The event is hosted by Friends of Rydell Refuge Association and the Bemidji Headwaters Science Center.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.
For directions or more information, call the visitors venter during business hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at (218) 687-2229 ext. 21.