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Packers fans caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

Packers fans caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The National Football League continues to make good on the Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago in Texas. Pete D’Amico, of Ellison Bay, and his son were among the hundreds of fans who had tickets to that game, but were initially turned away because temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium […]

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 […]

Local News

Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is asking that the lead investigator probing allegations of opiate over prescription and retaliatory practices at a VA hospital in Tomah take into account the testimony of whistleblowers. In a letter Thursday, Baldwin asked that VA Under Secretary Carolyn Clancy consider concerns not addressed in an earlier […]

Gain essential basic computer skills

Gain essential basic computer skills

If you want to gain important basic computer skills, consider taking one or more the short-term, hands-on-the-keyboard computer courses coming up soon. In just a few weeks you could grasp the basics of working on a PC, learn to use email and the internet, and to organize your files. “Introduction to Computers” is for those […]

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 […]


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

UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has ordered immediate cost-saving moves after Gov. Scott Walker announced he wants to slash the system’s funding. The Republican governor is grappling with a $2 billion deficit in the next state budget. He said the spending plan he’ll present next week will cut $300 […]

Packers fans caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

Packers fans caught in Super Bowl ticket mess still waiting

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The National Football League continues to make good on the Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago in Texas. Pete D’Amico, of Ellison Bay, and his son were among the hundreds of fans who had tickets to that game, but were initially turned away because temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium […]

UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has ordered system employees to immediately implement cost-saving moves after Gov. Scott Walker announced he wants to slash the system’s funding over the next two years. The Republican governor is grappling with a $2 billion deficit in the next state budget. He said this […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is asking that the lead investigator probing allegations of opiate over prescription and retaliatory practices at a VA hospital in Tomah take into account the testimony of whistleblowers. In a letter Thursday, Baldwin asked that VA Under Secretary Carolyn Clancy consider concerns not addressed in an earlier […]

Wisconsin appeals court: Protest policy was unconstitutional

Wisconsin appeals court: Protest policy was unconstitutional

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court says a state requirement that singers in the state Capitol obtain a permit was unconstitutional. The case involves Michael Crute, who was cited for joining in a daily sing-along protest in the Capitol rotunda in July 2013. State rules then prohibited anyone from participating in or watching […]


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

MLK children working to settle dispute over Bible, prize

MLK children working to settle dispute over Bible, prize

ATLANTA (AP) – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial. The slain civil rights icon’s estate, which is controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to turn over the […]

US pending home sales tumble in December

US pending home sales tumble in December

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 3.7 percent last month to 100.7. The index ended the year below its 2013 […]

Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled Senate is moving toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move defies a veto threat and sets up the first battle with the White House over energy and the environment. The Senate plans to vote later Thursday. It’s the first measure taken up by […]

Study: Chances of dying in a car crash plunged over 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – Safety researchers say the chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that for 2011 models, there was an average […]

US unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low

US unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the lowest level since April 2000. That is also the biggest decline in two […]