Men charged with Tomah murder in Monroe Cnty court Fri anoon
The two men who Tomah police say murdered a Tomah man at the Econo Lodge last month are in the Monroe County jail and are scheduled for 1 o’ clock bond hearings in front of Judge David Rice Friday afternoon, according to DA Kevin Croninger. Police say Zachary Davis and Sebastian Martinez stabbed Derek Magnuson multiple times with a machete.
BRF should know Fri anoon whether they'll keep police dept or contract with Jackson Cnty
Black River Falls should know by late Friday afternoon whether they’ll be keeping their current police department intact or contracting with Jackson County for policing. City administrator Brad Chown says he suspects Friday morning’s 9 a.m. recount will be an all-day affair. Keeping the department leads by two votes out of 1,040 cast.
Diehn fall just short in Jackson judicial race, would consider future run
Dan Diehn fell short in last week’s Jackson County judges race, falling to Judge Anna Becker 53 to 47 percent. Diehn says he’ll keep his Black River Falls private practice. As for a future run, Diehn says Judge Becker is off to a good start and looks forward to working with her to make sure the county’s court system is as effective as possible. Diehn says if there’s another county vacancy, he expects that he’d run. Diehn says he was encouraged by the strength of the support he had last week, so it’s definitely something he’d be interested in doing again. Diehn says he’d be happy to offers his suggestions to officials on ways to improve the county’s drug treatment courts and court congestion.
Cashton fitness center from school referendum should be ready soon
Cashton schools are within a few months of completing a community fitness center from their April of 20-13 referendum. Superintendent David Bell says the center should be substantially complete in less than a month. Bell says then the process of moving in and having it ready for students and community members will take place over the summer. Bell says however that they’ll also have a large-scale construction project going on at the front of the school over the summer, so access will be tough, so they’re targeting a start-of-school opening next fall instead. Bell also says their current library will close about three weeks before the end of school due to construction.
Tomah VA cutting urgent care clinic hour
Tomah’s VA Medical Center is temporarily reducing its urgent care clinic operating hours starting a week from Monday. New hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 o’ clock to 3:30 weekends and holidays. New acting VA director John Rohrer says it’s due to a temporary staff shortage and estimates they’ll be back to normal hours in about 3 months.
3 Western WI students named WIAA Scholar Athletes
Three Western Wisconsin student athletes have earned this year’s WIAA Scholar Athlete Awards. Sparta’s John Roddick, Cashton’s Betsy Schreier and DeSoto’s Alex Stevenson are three of 32 winners among this year’s more than 800 nominees. Roddick is Sparta’s first-ever winner.
Juneau Cnty bird flu outbreak reported
A Juneau County bird flu outbreak was reported Thursday by the state Agriculture Department. It turned up in a backyard flock with 40 birds of various species. The site has been quarantined and all birds are being killed to prevent spreading. Officials say it does not put the food supply or public health at risk.
Friday deadline to apply for Necedah Refuge summer job
Friday is the deadline for high-school students to apply for a summer youth conservation corps crew job at Necedah’s National Wildlife Refuge. Work begins June 15th and last for 8 weeks. Pay is minimum wage. Planned work includes constructing trails, landscaping, installing signs, and other visitor services and maintenance projects. Four or five students will be hired. Applicants will be notified by May 1st.
Buffalo Cnty issues burn ban
Buffalo County has issued a county-wide burn ban, including parts of Trempealeau County’s Arcadia and Dodge fire districts.
Walgreens closing 200 US stores by end of 2017
Walgreens will close 200 US pharmacies by the end of 20-17, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.