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Packers sign punter Cody Mandell

Packers sign punter Cody Mandell

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers have signed punter Cody Mandell. The team announced the transaction Monday. Mandell, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound first-year player out of Alabama, appeared in 52 games for the Crimson Tide after joining the team as a walk-on in 2010. For his career, Mandell averaged 42.6 yards per punt […]

Brewers’ Ryan Braun hopeful with spring training near

Brewers’ Ryan Braun hopeful with spring training near

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun says his right hand feels significantly better following an offseason procedure to fix nerve damage near his thumb. The veteran slugger said Sunday that he started hitting a little earlier than he usually does in the offseason. Braun had a procedure known as cryotherapy in early October […]

Packers continue Lambeau neighborhood land buys

Packers continue Lambeau neighborhood land buys

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers latest purchase of property around Lambeau Field is the Road Star Inn. The hotel is among a growing number of properties in the team’s portfolio. The hotel’s general manager Andrew Schroepfer tells WLUK-TV the hotel will close in about a month. With the purchase, the Packers […]

Brother of Packers coach Mike McCarthy dies in Pennsylvania

Brother of Packers coach Mike McCarthy dies in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The younger brother of Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has died. A spokeswoman for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, says 47-year-old Joseph McCarthy died Wednesday morning at a hospital in McCandless in western Pennsylvania. Spokeswoman Amie Downs says the report from the Medical Examiner’s Office stated that Joseph McCarthy was taken to the […]

Kaminsky, No. 6 Wisconsin rout No. 25 Iowa 82-50

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Frank Kaminsky had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 6 Wisconsin relied on tough defense to rout No. 25 Iowa 82-50 on Tuesday night. Sam Dekker added 17 points and eight boards for the Badgers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who won their second straight since losing starting point guard Traevon […]

Local News

Sen. Baldwin accepts responsibility for mistakes in VA probe

Sen. Baldwin accepts responsibility for mistakes in VA probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she is accepting responsibility for not calling for an investigation sooner amid allegations that a Tomah VA medical center overprescribed opiates. In a column published in newspapers across the state Sunday, the Democrat says she should have listened and communicated better with the constituent who first brought […]

Lancaster woman who bought $30,000 SUV from local dealer victim of vehicle “cloning”

Lancaster woman who bought $30,000 SUV from local dealer victim of vehicle “cloning”

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning consumers to be careful when buying a used vehicle, especially one that’s priced “too good to be true.” The accompanying video describes one such incident. An innocent woman in Lancaster, Wisc., bought a used GMC Denali for $30,000 and for the last two years she has been […]

Local farmers attend soils seminar

Local farmers attend soils seminar

CASHTON, Wis. – Western Technical College’s Farm Business and Production Management program and 70 local farmers gathered in Cashton on January 16 to welcome nationally known soil expert, Jay Fuhrer. “It is great that this many farmers are willing to take time out of their busy schedule to learn something new,” said Dona Goede, instructor […]

Kickapoo Valley Reserve changes policy on “fat tire” bikes

Kickapoo Valley Reserve changes policy on “fat tire” bikes

According to a press release from the Kickapoo Valley Reserve (KVR) sent out today the reserve will now allow fat tire bikes on a portion of the reserve on a trial basis this winter.  The fat tire bikes are non-motorized, pedal bikes with tires of 3 ¾ inches wide or wider. The area open to the […]

Lawmakers call for hearings on VA pain management

Lawmakers call for hearings on VA pain management

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) – Some Wisconsin and Minnesota lawmakers are calling for congressional hearings after allegations of overmedication at the VA Medical Center in Tomah. U.S. Reps. Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Tim Walz of Minnesota on Thursday urged the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to examine the pain-management practices of VA medical centers nationwide. […]


Obituaries

Marcia Elaine (McHargue) Meshbesher

Marcia Elaine (McHargue) Meshbesher

Marcia Elaine (McHargue) Meshbesher, 73, finally met the one thing she couldn’t fix, fundraise, cook, or quilt her way through. She died peacefully after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, January 12th, 2015. Marcia was born in Central City, Nebraska to Don and Lucille (Martin) McHargue. Growing up, she helped raise her siblings […]

Danny Rabold

Danny Rabold, age 69 of Necedah passed away on Wednesday, December 31st Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 3rd at the St. James Lutheran Church in Necedah. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Harry E. Rego

Harry E. Rego, age 76 of Ontario passed away on Monday, December 29th Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church in Ontario. Family and friends may call on Friday, January 2nd from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church in Ontario, and from 10 a.m. until […]

Richard E. “Dick” Bakken

Richard E. “Dick” Bakken, age 88 of La Crosse passed away on Sunday, December 28th Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 3rd at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Annastasia Bentley

Annastasia Bentley, age 88 passed away on Friday, December 26th A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 31st at St. Johns Church in Patch Grove. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon.

State

Republican says he doesn’t support school sanctions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools. Sen. Paul Farrow made his comments Tuesday while testifying in support of a measure he introduced that does not include sanctions. Assembly Republicans are backing a different approach […]

UW System critic blasts governor’s autonomy plan

UW System critic blasts governor’s autonomy plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of the University of Wisconsin System’s toughest critics in the Legislature is blasting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal give the system more autonomy. A spokesman for Sen. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican who serves as vice chairman of the Senate’s universities committee, said Tuesday that Nass fears the plan would allow […]

Veterans Affairs Secretary orders Tomah investigation

By: Andrew Beckett-Wisconsin Radio Network The head of the U.S. Department Veterans Affairs has ordered a full review of opiate pain medication practices at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, following reports that patients were over-prescribed the drugs and employees who tried to report the practice faced retaliation from administrators. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert […]

Wolf on dog attacks increase

Wolf on dog attacks increase

TOWN OF BREED, Wis. (AP) – Wildlife experts say wolves have killed or seriously injured six dogs in Wisconsin this month. That’s double the highest number for January in recent years. Two dogs have been killed in Oconto County. Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor Jeff Pritzl says the spike in incidents doesn’t necessarily reflect […]

Illinois woman steers bus to safety after driver collapses

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – A 48-year-old Illinois woman is considered a hero by many after preventing a serious tour bus accident in Kenosha County after the driver suffered a medical emergency. Jill Bien of Norridge, Illinois, is credited with saving 34 passengers from serious injuries Saturday when the 68-year-old driver collapsed. The unmanned bus swerved […]


Agriculture

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

USDA Reminds Producers of Upcoming Livestock Disaster Assistance Deadline

(VIROQUA, WI) Jan. 21, 2015 — Brad Pfaff, State Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Wisconsin reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching. Applications for the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster […]

Local farmers attend soils seminar

Local farmers attend soils seminar

CASHTON, Wis. – Western Technical College’s Farm Business and Production Management program and 70 local farmers gathered in Cashton on January 16 to welcome nationally known soil expert, Jay Fuhrer. “It is great that this many farmers are willing to take time out of their busy schedule to learn something new,” said Dona Goede, instructor […]

U.S. milk production up for the month, quarter and year

U.S. milk production up for the month, quarter and year

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Milk production in the U.S. in December totaled 17.3 billion pounds up 3.1 percent compared to December of 2013. The nation’s dairy herd was at 9.3 million cows up 100,000 head from a year ago.  Production per cow averaged 1,862 pounds, a 37-pound increase over December of 2013. Milk production in the […]

The push for more organic milk producers

The push for more organic milk producers

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Packaged fluid milk sales in November totaled 4.2 billion pounds down 6 percent from November of 2013. Conventional milk sales were down 6.5 percent while organic milk sales were up 4.2 percent in November compared to a year ago. Total organic milk product sales in October were 215 million pounds up 10.7 […]

California unveils strict rules on pesticide

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said Tuesday that the heightened rules will protect farmworkers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is injected into […]

National News

Boehner acknowledges ‘stumbles’ in Congress’ opening weeks

Boehner acknowledges ‘stumbles’ in Congress’ opening weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner acknowledges that there’ve been “a couple of stumbles” in the opening weeks of the new Republican-run Congress. Boehner says House Republicans wanted to get off to a fast start this year and so they moved bills quickly. Last week GOP leaders were forced to water down an abortion […]

Forecaster apologizes for blizzard forecast

Forecaster apologizes for blizzard forecast

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) – The snowstorm that’s moved through the Northeast hasn’t been as bad as expected — at least in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia — and now, a forecaster is apologizing. Gary Szatkowski of the National Weather Service in New Jersey sent a tweet that said, “You made a lot of […]

US new home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

US new home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014. The Commerce Department says new home sales climbed 11.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. The gains were not enough to offset essentially flat home-buying over […]

Facebook: Outage was self-inflicted

Facebook: Outage was self-inflicted

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Don’t blame a cyber-attack for the shutdown of Facebook and Instagram overnight. Facebook says the outage that made the sites inaccessible around the world for about an hour was the result of a technical change it had made. A statement says it was a change affecting “configuration systems.” Users of […]

Unemployment rates fall in 42 US states amid broad hiring

Unemployment rates fall in 42 US states amid broad hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unemployment rates fell in 42 U.S. states last month, the latest sign that strong hiring is boosting job opportunities nationwide. The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates rose in just four states last month and were unchanged in four others. Job gains remained healthy in states with large oil and gas industries, […]