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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

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 […]

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 […]


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

Governor Walker one step closer to White House bid

Governor Walker one step closer to White House bid

By: Jackie Johnson-Wisconsin Radio Network Governor Scott Walker takes another step toward joining the Republican race for the presidency. Walker has formed a tax-exempt political group to help him boost his possible 2016 bid for the White House. The governor first told the Washington Post about his new campaign committee “Our American Revival.” It will help […]

Lawmakers and UW System leaders react to Walker’s plan

Lawmakers and UW System leaders react to Walker’s plan

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network University of Wisconsin System officials and state lawmakers charged with its oversight are reacting to Governor Scott Walker’s plans for the system’s future. Walker will include the plan as part of the 2015-’17 state budget proposal which he’ll formally announce next week. Walker announced his plan to allow the UW […]

Dozens of children escape injury in Wisconsin bus crash

Dozens of children escape injury in Wisconsin bus crash

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin say a car rear-ended a school bus loaded with 45 students, but the children and the bus driver were not hurt. The Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash happened about six miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday after school let out. […]

Military plane makes emergency landing at Mitchell airport

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are investigating after a military plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport due to mechanical issues. An official with the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing says a KC-135 Stratotanker returned to the airport Tuesday night in the midst of a training mission after […]

Contractor charged with stealing computers from state

Contractor charged with stealing computers from state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A contract employee has been charged with stealing computers from the state. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Shawn Lewis of Madison was working to repair computers when he took as many as 17 laptops from the Department of Workforce Development between April and September. Investigators say Lewis sold some computers at pawn shops […]


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

Governor Walker one step closer to White House bid

Governor Walker one step closer to White House bid

By: Jackie Johnson-Wisconsin Radio Network Governor Scott Walker takes another step toward joining the Republican race for the presidency. Walker has formed a tax-exempt political group to help him boost his possible 2016 bid for the White House. The governor first told the Washington Post about his new campaign committee “Our American Revival.” It will help […]

Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches

Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches

DETROIT (AP) – Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The largest recall covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs worldwide from 2008 to 2014. Snow and salty water can seep through the driver’s side carpet to a wiring harness, causing electrical shorts. […]

Perry to respond to ruling to continue his criminal case

Perry to respond to ruling to continue his criminal case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally respond to a judge’s ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed. On Wednesday, Perry will read a statement surrounded by his defense attorneys at an Austin hotel. That comes a day after state District Judge Bert Richardson, who like […]

Freezing cold and no heat for some

Freezing cold and no heat for some

BOSTON (AP) -New Englanders are digging themselves out from yesterday’s blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow and up to 3 feet in some areas. Some flights at Boston’s Logan airport have resumed, but some 15,000 homes and businesses are without electricity in Massachusetts, including the entire island of Nantucket. The low temperature […]

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against the Islamic State group. Congressman Adam Schiff of California says he wants to spark debate in Congress over a new authorization to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and says lawmakers […]