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Wisconsin brings Pitt’s Chryst home as coach

Wisconsin brings Pitt’s Chryst home as coach

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Paul Chryst is coming home to coach Wisconsin. The school made it official on Wednesday, hiring Chryst away from Pittsburgh. The announcement ended days of speculation following the surprising departure of Gary Andersen for Oregon State. Chryst is a former Wisconsin offensive coordinator and a Madison native. He leaves the Panthers […]

AP source: Chryst meeting with Wisconsin officials

AP source: Chryst meeting with Wisconsin officials

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is moving closer to taking the head coaching job at Wisconsin. A person with direct knowledge of situation told The Associated Press that Chryst is traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to meet with university officials about replacing Gary Andersen. Andersen left the Badgers for Oregon State last week. The […]

Pitt coach Chryst waiting on Wisconsin decision

Pitt coach Chryst waiting on Wisconsin decision

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst says he is waiting for a final decision on the open job at Wisconsin just like everybody else. Chryst said Monday he has talked to the Badgers about the head coaching position but does not anticipate hearing anything definitive before Wednesday. Chryst is a former Wisconsin […]

Running back Lacy limited in practice for Packers

Running back Lacy limited in practice for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy was limited in practice Wednesday after bruising his hip in the Packers’ victory this week over Atlanta. Coach Mike McCarthy said he would monitor Lacy on the practice field Thursday. McCarthy has also said that he doesn’t have high concern about the injury to […]

Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

Alvarez hopes to have new Wisconsin coach by bowl

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said he hopes to have a replacement for coach Gary Andersen before the 17th-ranked Badgers’ bowl game Jan. 1. Andersen’s departure for Oregon State on Wednesday stunned Madison. Alvarez said that the Wisconsin seniors asked him to coach them at the Outback Bowl against Auburn, and […]

Local News

Boscobel man escapes injury after going off bridge in Crawford County

Boscobel man escapes injury after going off bridge in Crawford County

The Crawford County Sheriff’s office reports that on Saturday, Dec. 13,  at approximately 8:00 a.m. their office was notified of a one vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Spring Valley Road near Marietta Valley Road in the Township of Marietta. The Sheriff’s Office says an investigation shows that Logan R. Knoble,  22, of Boscobel was […]

Mauston Couple arrested for stealing money from Sparta charity event

Mauston Couple arrested for stealing money from Sparta charity event

According to the Sparta Police Department, a Mauston couple was arrested this last week after admitting to investigators they had skimmed money at an event to raise money for children’s Christmas gifts. The Sparta Police Department says they arrested Paul Bublitz, 65, of Mauston, and his wife Mary Bublitz, 67, also of Mauston, after they […]

19-year-old Black River Falls man in custody after high speed chase through 2 counties

19-year-old Black River Falls man in custody after high speed chase through 2 counties

Monroe County Sheriff Peter Quirin is reporting a 19-year-old man from Black River Falls fled from police and led officers on a high speed chase at speeds up to 100 mph through two counties on the interstate before crashing and being arrested. Law enforcement officials say Kegan Charles Fogleson was wanted on a warrant and fled […]

Outbuildings destroyed and mobile home damaged in rural De Soto explosion and fire

Outbuildings destroyed and mobile home damaged in rural De Soto explosion and fire

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports his office received a 911 call around 10:30 this morning from a residence located on South Bad Axe Road, rural De Soto,  in the town of Genoa. The caller reported hearing an explosion prior to a fire breaking out in an outbuilding located just south of a mobile […]

Republican candidate for 3rd congressional seat involved in weekend crash

Republican candidate for 3rd congressional seat involved in weekend crash

The Republican candidate that ran against incumbent democrat Ron Kind for the 3rd Congressional seat in western Wisconsin in November was sent to the hospital as a precaution after a weekend accident in Crawford County. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday at approximately 7:19 p.m. they received a report of a one vehicle […]

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Obituaries

Patrick J. Boland

Patrick Joseph Boland, age 71 of Gays Mills passed away Sunday, December 14th A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, December 20th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Friends may call at the church on Saturday after 10 a.m.

Ervin J. Jacobson

Ervin J. Jacobson, age 87 of Coon Valley passed away on Monday, December 15th Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 19th at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the service time.

June L. Snell

June L. Snell, age 88 of La Crosse passed away on Monday, December 1st A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 9th at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home in La Crosse. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Rolette A. Kraai

Rolette Adele Sandsick Kraai, age 85 of Cross Plains, and formerly of Viroqua passed away on Thursday, November 4th Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 13th at the South West Prairie Lutheran Church. Friends may call after 10 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

Ardys S. McCullick

Ardys S. McCullick, age 73 of Steuben passed away on Wednesday, December 3rd Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 12 noon at the United Methodist Church in Eastman. Friends may call on Saturday, December 6th from 10 a.m. until the service time at noon at the church.

State

Supporters of Kenosha casino rally for jobs

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Hundreds of supporters of a new casino in Kenosha rallied for jobs at the former greyhound dog track. Local and state officials were among those who showed up to support the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Wednesday night. The rally was held at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. […]

Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing

Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial. Defense attorneys are challenging findings from state doctors that the girls are fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges. Waukesha County Circuit […]

Walker touts property tax cut around state

Walker touts property tax cut around state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he remains committed to cutting property taxes despite a looming $2.2 billion state budget shortfall. Walker traveled the state on Wednesday to tout a drop in property taxes that many homeowners will see on bills mailed this month. That is thanks to $406 million approved by Walker […]

EPA begins Oshkosh ricin decontamination

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Federal authorities have begun cleaning up contamination at the home of a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of making ricin. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the lead role in the cleanup, with support from the Wisconsin National Guard. Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports trucks and trailers lined the west side […]

Coalition of business owners forms to oppose right to work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin has formed to oppose a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature. The coalition was announced Wednesday by its spokesman Steve Lyons. He described the effort as a grass-roots movement that was being paid for voluntarily by […]

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Agriculture

MPP signup deadline is Friday

MPP signup deadline is Friday

By: Bob Meyer A reminder the sign-up deadline for the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is this Friday, December 19th.  U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the declining milk prices of the last few weeks has prompted producers to take another look at the program.  “I think people are beginning to realize the good […]

Wisconsin farm bill meetings on now

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News The Farm Service Agency and the University of Wisconsin Extension are conducting meetings all across the state to help farmers understand the new farm programs. Susan Hunter with FSA says many of the Extension agents around the state have gone through training on the new Agricultural Risk Program (ARC) and […]

Agriculture and the next Wisconsin state budget

Agriculture and the next Wisconsin state budget

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News Paul Zimmerman is Executive Director of Governmental Affairs for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. He says the next state budget is going to be the big issue facing the next state legislature.  “It’s going to be a discussion between assistance for the needy, K-12 and higher education funding and transportation, those […]

Holte re-elected to lead Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Holte re-elected to lead Wisconsin Farm Bureau

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Ag News The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation wrapped-up its 95th annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on Monday. President Jim Holte was very happy with the attendance this year especially the nearly 500 young farmers participating. “We have a growing, dynamic, forward-looking organization with a lot of young people, you can’t do much […]

Snow complicates Wisconsin grain harvest

Snow complicates Wisconsin grain harvest

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin farmers are struggling with snow and mud as they try to complete the fall grain harvest. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports some corn and soybeans could be left in the fields until spring. That would reduce the corn’s value and make soybeans that have been buried under snow all winter practically […]

National News

No release of ‘The Interview’ planned

No release of ‘The Interview’ planned

NEW YORK (AP) – Sony Pictures says it’s canceled the Christmas Day release of the comedy movie “The Interview,” and says it has “no further release plans for the film.” In the movie, James Franco and Seth Rogen play journalists becoming involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North […]

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis is praising what he calls “small steps” of diplomacy and peacemaking between the U.S. and Cuba. In his first public comments about the breakthrough, Francis told new ambassadors today that diplomacy is a “noble job.” Francis played a crucial role in bringing the two sides together, writing letters to […]

Jimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy ‘courageous’

Jimmy Carter call US-Cuba diplomacy ‘courageous’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Jimmy Carter says he is “proud and grateful” for the president’s efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy “courageous.” Carter rejects accusations that President Barack Obama is appeasing Cuba’s communist leaders. He said Thursday on MSNBC that the best way to bring democracy to […]

What’s the cost for Sony?

What’s the cost for Sony?

NEW YORK (AP) -The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The hack has exposed a trove of sensitive documents, escalated to threats of terrorism, and now has forced Sony to cancel the Christmas Day […]

Marathon bombing suspect due in court today

BOSTON (AP) – Security will be tight in and around the federal courthouse in Boston today for a pretrial conference for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It’s the last scheduled court hearing before jury selection begins Jan. 5. The trial is expected to last several months. Today, prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to […]