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Reliever Neal Cotts and Brewers agree to $3 million contract

Reliever Neal Cotts and Brewers agree to $3 million contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Reliever Neal Cotts and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old left-hander was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for Texas last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games with the Rangers. […]

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 […]

Local News

Waukon police asking for help in locating missing La Crosse woman

Waukon police asking for help in locating missing La Crosse woman

UPDATE 1/30/2015 9:25 am MISSING PERSON WAUKON Laura A. Stephens has been located in Waukon and is reported as safe. No foul play is suspected in regards to this incident. We would like to thank the public for their assistance. Authority: Allamakee County Sheriff The Waukon Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public […]

Body of missing man found on river bank

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) – The body of a missing La Crosse man has been found on the banks of the Wisconsin River. Wisconsin Dells police say a kayaker found the man’s body Thursday afternoon under a rocky cliff near the Kilbourn dam. Authorities say injuries to John Dwyer’s body appear to be consistent with […]

Update-Killer of Platteville cab driver sentenced to 50 years

Update-Killer of Platteville cab driver sentenced to 50 years

UPDATE: LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) – A Dubuque man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison and 18 years of supervised release for robbing, kidnapping and killing a Platteville taxi driver. The Telegraph Herald reports 26-year-old Tommy L. Johnson Jr. was sentenced Thursday in Lancaster, Wisconsin, on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and first-degree reckless […]

Fennimore man killed when round bales fall from trailer in Grant County

Fennimore man killed when round bales fall from trailer in Grant County

LANCASTER, Wis.– One man is dead after he hit a large bale of hay on Hwy 61 and crashed head on into another car. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department says Robert Kuhn, 48, of Fennimore, was pronounced dead at the scene this morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department report Donald Martin, 60, of Bagley, was […]

Senator Baldwin asks for whistleblower interviews and possible criminal investigation as Tomah VA investigation gets underway

Senator Baldwin asks for whistleblower interviews and possible criminal investigation as Tomah VA investigation gets underway

VA Interim Undersecretary for Health Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy to meet with employees and tour Tomah VAMC on Friday, Jan. 30.  The visit is in conjunction with the actions announced earlier this week by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald to conduct a comprehensive review of medication practices and allegations of retaliation against employees […]


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

Wis. schools buy local fruit, vegetables, not as much dairy

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Federal agriculture officials say Wisconsin’s school districts are strong participants in buying local fruits and vegetables for their lunchrooms. But a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s school districts could do better in purchasing dairy products from local farmers. Thirty-two percent of schools involved in Farm […]

Body of missing man found on river bank

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) – The body of a missing La Crosse man has been found on the banks of the Wisconsin River. Wisconsin Dells police say a kayaker found the man’s body Thursday afternoon under a rocky cliff near the Kilbourn dam. Authorities say injuries to John Dwyer’s body appear to be consistent with […]

Romney scheduled to return to Janesville

Romney scheduled to return to Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Mitt Romney is scheduled to return to Wisconsin this spring, possibly again as a Republican candidate for president. The business group Forward Janesville says Romney will keynote its annual dinner on April 7 in Janesville, hometown of his former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. The last time Romney was in […]

3 more children died of flu complications in Wisconsin

3 more children died of flu complications in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State health officials say three more children have died from flu complications in Wisconsin, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to five. The latest report from the state Department of Health Services says this flu season is second only to 2009 when the swine flu caused the deaths of six […]

Scott Walker ramping up a national political operation

Scott Walker ramping up a national political operation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the crowded Republican presidential field. On Friday, Walker addresses a Washington audience for the first time this year. It’s his only speaking engagement in a day of private meetings and job interviews related to a possible […]


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

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) – Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that about 198 out of every 100,000 people 65 and older have […]

Analyst: Slowdown in GDP no cause for concern

Analyst: Slowdown in GDP no cause for concern

WASHINGTON (AP) – Although a slowdown in economic growth is helping to send stocks lower today, one private analyst says it’s nothing to worry about. Growth slowed to a 2.6 percent pace in the fourth quarter of 2014, as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas. It was down […]

White House: Monitoring of released Taliban ‘updated’

White House: Monitoring of released Taliban ‘updated’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says efforts to monitor Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for an American soldier have been “updated” because of concerns that they may be seeking to return to the battlefield. The five detainees have been in Qatar since being released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe […]

Romney won’t run next year

Romney won’t run next year

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race. Romney jumped back into […]

US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers are more confident than they’ve been since January 2004. The University of Michigan says that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month. Consumers say the prospects for the U.S. economy are the strongest in a decade, and half of consumers expect the expansion […]