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Aaron Rodgers “off the field” work makes him true MVP

Aaron Rodgers “off the field” work makes him true MVP

There are lots of great examples of professional athletes doing things to give back to their communities and show their appreciation for for the success they enjoy. The “pay it forward” concept is not new but this series of stories about some of the things Aaron Rodgers has done, and is doing, is truly amazing. […]

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 […]

Local News

Man accused of faking cancer, collecting disability

REEDSBURG, Wis. (AP) – A Reedsburg man accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to collect disability benefits. Thirty-year-old Brian Mentch is charged with felony theft by false representation. Prosecutors say he provided fake doctor’s notes and excuses to his employer, Seats Inc., in order to collect more than $2,600 in benefits. WISC-TV says Mentch had […]

La Crosse police “Use of Force” report says officers actions were “textbook” in ending incident

La Crosse police “Use of Force” report says officers actions were “textbook” in ending incident

In a time filled with stories about police actions ending in questionable outcomes the La Crosse Police released a report about a recent incident that could have ended in a very different way but didn’t because of a few officers actions. The La Crosse Police Department released redacted portions of its internal “Use of Force […]

Tomah VA director says overmedication already addressed

Tomah VA director says overmedication already addressed

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) – The director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah says he had already taken steps to address reports of overmedication of patients before federal officials announced a review of prescription practices at the Wisconsin facility. Tomah VA director Mario DeSanctis says his staff began looking into the unusually high rate […]

Reedsburg couple injured in Vernon County rollover crash

Reedsburg couple injured in Vernon County rollover crash

A Reedsburg couple were taken to Vernon Memorial hospital after sliding off a Vernon County highway on Monday and rolling their vehicle. According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s office Donna L. Dyer, 76, of Reedsburg was driving west on State Hwy 56 just east of Viroqua just before 10 a.m. on Monday. While negotiating a […]

Royal Bank acquires Anchor Bank in Viroqua

Royal Bank acquires Anchor Bank in Viroqua

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its Viroqua branch to Royal Bank of Elroy, Wisconsin. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is targeted for closing by the end of May […]


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

Walker says UW faculty and staff should do more work

Walker says UW faculty and staff should do more work

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says faculty and staff in the University of Wisconsin System should be teaching more classes and doing more work. He made the comments Wednesday during an interview on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. Walker is proposing a 13 percent, $300 million cut to the UW System over two years […]

Unemployment rises in half of Wisconsin cities in December

Unemployment rises in half of Wisconsin cities in December

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New data shows unemployment rates rose in half of Wisconsin’s major cities last month. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday that preliminary rates for December showed unemployment rose in 16 cities and went down or remained the same in the state’s 16 other major municipalities. Racine had the highest […]

Wisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging

Wisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates. Walker also said Wednesday that he doesn’t have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic. Walker says he’s planning trips to important primary states including Iowa, […]

Wisconsin DNR’s board OKs sand mine study

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a new study on frac sand mining in Wisconsin. The DNR wants to update a 2012 report on sand mining with more current information after Midwest Environmental Advocates presented a petition to the agency’s board in October seeking an industry analysis. The […]

Bipartisan lawmakers ask Walker to reconsider casino

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging Republican Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his decision to reject a Menominee Tribe casino in Kenosha. Ten lawmakers, including Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, sent Walker the letter Wednesday. Walker said Friday he was not going to approve the $800 million casino, citing concerns […]


Agriculture

From the Netherlands to Wisconsin

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield The 2015 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer is a living example of the international scope of the dairy industry. Marieke Penterman grew-up on a 60-cow dairy farm in The Netherlands.  Her original goal was to be a large animal veterinarian and started that pursuit at age 12.  While attending school, she took the […]

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 […]

National News

Senate bill: Vets won’t trigger employer health law coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate committee has voted unanimously to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Before the Senate Finance Committee approved the measure by 26-0, Chairman Orrin Hatch – a Utah Republican – said the measure would encourage companies to hire […]

Lynch defends Obama’s immigration policies

Lynch defends Obama’s immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) – The president’s immigration policies have been defended today on Capitol Hill by the woman he’s nominated to be the next attorney general. Under challenges from Republicans, Loretta Lynch defended the decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation, even though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no […]

Romney jabs Clinton in Mississippi speech

Romney jabs Clinton in Mississippi speech

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy and economic credentials. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will appear at Mississippi State University Wednesday evening. It marks Romney’s third public appearance since he signaled interest in […]

Wisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging

Wisconsin governor finds gaps in 2016 GOP field encouraging

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates. Walker also said Wednesday that he doesn’t have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic. Walker says he’s planning trips to important primary states including Iowa, […]

Travel ban lifted, airport reopens

BOSTON (AP) – New Englanders are continuing to dig out from a blizzard that left more than two feet of snow in some spots. One woman struggling to free her car south of Boston says her snow blower broke down a couple of times because it couldn’t handle all the snow. But overall, the region […]