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Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Volunteers are asked to pick-up roadway litter (not just the Reserve – anywhere in the area)


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The firm that won the bid for the new Monroe County jail last week has agreed to pay a 4-million dollar settlement in an F-B-I investigation over its billing practices. Miron Construction of Neenah signed a non-prosecution agreement in February. Jail building committee chair Judge David Rice says the committee did not know about the agreement when reviewing bids last week, but Rice thinks it won’t be an issue for the jail because the issues were with design-build projects and the jail is a firm-bid project where all changes have to be pre-approved.

Customers of a Valley View Mall area store may have been affected by a recent data breach. Michaels Arts and Craft store said yesterday that payment numbers and expiration dates from debit and credit cards were stolen between May and January 19th from 2.6 million customers nationally. Michaels says no names, addresses or PIN numbers were stolen.

50th District Assemblyman Ed Brooks announced Thursday he’s running for a third term. The Republican Brooks says he believes the state is headed in the right direction, including in job creation. Brooks says they’ve been able to lower property taxes, which come from an improved economy. Retired pastor Chris Miller is running as a Democrat in the race. The district includes the far southeastern part of Monroe County and all of Juneau County.

April is Donate Life Month, to raise awareness for organ, tissue and eye donation. Donations from Tomah Memorial Hospital go to a Middleton firm, R-T-I Donor Services, where development specialist Miranda Zuehlke says your donation can help save and enhance lives. Heart valves, corneas, skin and bones could be donated at Tomah Memorial. You can also agree to donate at the D-M-V when you renew your driver’s license, or by going to http://www.YesIWillWisconsin.com.

Would you like to see a fine arts or community theatre in Sparta? Community members interested in the idea will take a trip to Lanesboro, Minnesota’s theatre Saturday, May 17, and you can go along or get more information at Bike Sparta dot com.

Governor Scott Walker was in Cashton Thursday to sign a bill that ensures there’s not a tax disadvantage to updating farm equipment. Farmers that update equipment are now certain they’ll be able to take the appropriate exemption when they do their taxes. Under previous law, an exemption could not be taken for certain advanced equipment.

Monday is the deadline to apply for an open seat on the La Crosse County board. Andrew Londre moved out of District 9. The district is mainly between La Crosse and Cass streets in La Crosse west of West Avenue. Interviews will be conducted the following week. An appointment recommendation will be made to the County Board in two weeks.

A Wilton charged with marijuana delivery will make his initial court appearance Monday morning. 27-year-old Fabian Mendoza has also been charged with second-offense marijuana possession. He faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Friday is the deadline for teenagers to apply to be a part of a summer Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Youth Conservation Corps crew. Employment begins June 16th and lasts eight weeks. Pay is minimum wage. The work includes building and improving hiking trails, landscaping, painting and making signs.

The Black River Falls library will be closed Saturday for Easter weekend. The library is open Friday.


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