A 15-year-old Sparta boy walking in a crosswalk near Sparta High School was hit by the car of a 17-year-old Sparta boy Tuesday afternoon. The 15-year-old was sent to a Sparta hospital with injures that weren’t life threatening. The 17-year-old was cited for failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian.
The Trempealeau County Board turned down a one-year moratorium on frac sand mining at their Monday night meeting. The county has more than a quarter of the frac sand mines in the state.
Could Tomah schools have controlled access at all of their buildings in the future? Business manager Greg Gorder says it’s a possibility. The school board approved spending 380 thousand dollars Monday to improve building security.
Holmen’s village board decided Monday night on a plan that would move their police station and library to land near Halfway Creek Park. Project designer Andrew Bremer of MSA Associates says they’ll talk about it more in June and could make a decision to build in July. If the plan is approved, the extra space from the police station would free up space at village hall, and the current library could be used as a community center.
A flood warning has been issued for the Trempealeau River at Dodge, starting Wednesday morning and running through Thursday morning. Minor flooding is forecast. Agricultural and marsh land will flood.
Pinched supplies from Midwest oil refineries are being blamed for the recent spike in gas prices. A Triple A spokeswoman says its being fixed with shipments from the Gulf Coast and that refineries could be back online as soon as next week. The spokeswoman says prices should go down even more in mid-June. Gas prices are well over 4 dollars a gallon in Eau Claire. Average prices statewide are up nearly 35 cents from a month ago.
Sparta will dedicate a new bridge in Evans-Bosshard Park Thursday. The bridge will be called The Pointe and was put in by volunteers since last September.
Wisconsin farmers are catching up on spring planting with the recent warmer and dryer weather. The state’s corn crop is nearly 45 percent in. That’s down from the normal 2/3s, but up from just 15 percent last week. Spring field work is about 60 percent done. Soil moisture is being called adequate by 4 of 5 farmers.
The quarterly deadline for this round of Wisconsin’s no-call list is a week from Friday. The list covers landlines and cell phones. You can register more than one number at a time. The next deadline is the end of August. Political and non-profit calls aren’t included. To add your number, go to No Call dot Wisconsin dot gov.
It’ll be harder to recall local government officials after a bill that passed the State legislature Tuesday. Municipal officials and school board members can’t be recalled now unless they’re charged with crimes or ethics violations. It doesn’t apply to state officials and legislators. Many of them faced recalls after their 20-11 vote that ended most collective bargaining for public-employee unions.
Wisconsin public schools got more money per student in 20-11 than in 20-10. The US Census Bureau said Tuesday state taxpayers spent nearly 12 thousand dollars per student in 20-11, up nearly 4 percent from 20-10. Milwaukee school officials believe the figures include some money that’s going to private schools because of the city’s voucher program.