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A Stoddard woman whose children graduated from and attend Luther High School died in a crash on Highway 35 between La Crosse and Stoddard Monday night. The woman’s name has not been released. Another person suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash according to WXOW TV. The crash closed the highway entirely for about 20 minutes and one lane for nearly 3 ½ hours.

Sparta’s school board could approve a fall referendum to go over state spending caps Tuesday night. A committee looking at the issue made its recommendation to go to a referendum earlier this month. The board could also hire a new instruction director. Tom Steward is retiring at the end of the school year.

The recent bids for the new Monroe County jail came in about 3 million dollars over what the county board had previously hoped to spend on it. At the same time, the county would like to spend nearly 4 million dollars to upgrade its 911 communication system. County board chair Jim Kuhn says passing both in less than a month could be tricky. Kuhn says he’s hoping people understand the need for both. Kuhn says it’s bad timing that they’re both coming to a head at the same time. The county would borrow for the extra money for the jail, but would use reserves to pay for the 911 upgrade.

Tomah Memorial Hospital is sponsoring an event Thursday to educate men about their health. Men’s Night run from 5 o ‘clock to 8 o’ clock Thursday at Cranberry Country Lodge. Hospital community health educator Whitney Sanjari says they’re actually hoping to reach out to women more than men. Sanjari say’ll there’ll be a lot of screenings available. They’ll also be presentations on men’s sleep issues and healthy grilling options.

A motorcyclist suffered what police called minor injuries in a crash in Mauston Saturday around noon. Police say a glove of 36-year-old Kenneth Radavich got stuck in the throttle while he has attempting to downshift on Highway 82. Radavich was sent to a nearby hospital and was cited for driving with a suspended license.

The deadline to apply for an open seat on the La Crosse County board that originally expired Monday has been extended to Wednesday. 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 next week. An appointment recommendation will be made to the County Board a week from Monday.

Highway 16 nighttime lane closures in La Crosse near Interstate 90 will begin Wednesday. 16 will be closed between Pralle Center Drive and Emerald Drive nightly between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through July. Concrete is being repaired, with asphalt eventually put over that concrete. Road signs will also be repaired and replaced.

Letting students at rural state high schools earn technical college credit while attending high school is one possible solution to help those schools deal with declining enrollment and transportation issues. A group looking at the issues meets Tuesday in Waupaca. Monroe and Juneau County Assemblyman Ed Brooks is a part of the group.

A Necedah man charged with child abuse and causing mental harm to a child will make his initial court appearance Wednesday morning. Police say 43-year-old Pilar Martinez Junior intentionally abused the child. Martinez faces up to 18 ½ years in prison if convicted on two felonies.


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