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Tomah school classes on Friday after possible threat

Tomah high school, middle school and Miller Elementary classes are on as normal Friday after a drawing possibly of the high school with the word sniper was found outside a teacher’s home Thursday morning. The drawing also had multiple exits marked. Tomah school officials took the drawing to the police department and notified St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s officials. Schools dismissed as normal Thursday afternoon.

Accused Econo Lodge murderers scheduled for pleas

The two men accused of murdering a Tomah man at Tomah’s Econo Lodge in March are scheduled to make pleas Friday afternoon. Police say 26-year-old Zachary Davis stabbed 43-year-old Derek Magnuson multiple times with a machete while 20-year-old Sebastian Martinez looked on.

 Local 1st Responders group looking for help

Camp Douglas Rescue is in immediate need of part-time and volunteers EMTs. EMS president Tim Kolonick says the group may pay for your EMT education, refreshers and some additional training. Kolonick says becoming certified requires a semester-long Western Technical College course, so they need someone who’s already trained, or they can help anyone who’s interested get into a class to get that training completed. Kolonick says classes are offered at the Tomah and Mauston TC campuses. They also serve New Lisbon and Necedah. For more information, go to the Camp Douglas Rescue Facebook page.

Lax community event raises 13 K

An annual La Crosse community event to help with cabin fever raised 13 thousand dollars for Aquinas Catholic Schools this year. Mardi Gras Rex Greg Curti says part of the money will go toward an ongoing Campbell theatre renovation. Curti says Aquinas’ new theatre includes new lighting, a new sound system, new acoustics, new designs, new seats, new curtains, new paints and new flooring, so they’ve come a long way, but they’re still not all the way the way with the remodeling. The festival also donated a combined 6 thousand dollars to Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral and St. Pat’s, and 4 thousand dollars for middle school scholarships.

Fort McCoy does wildfire spread prevention work

Several miles of Fort McCoy fire-break areas between the south post borders and private land have been upgraded. The areas prevent wildfires spreading between the post and private land, and also serve as emergency vehicle pathways to put out wildfires. It’s part of a larger plan to upgrades all of the posts fire-break areas.

JFC to take up transportation funding Friday

The state legislature’s joint finance committee will take up the next two years’ transportation, UW System and DNR budgets Friday. Governor Walker is opposed to raising gas taxes or registration fees.

Holmen police host new building open house Saturday

Holmen will host an open house for their new police department building Saturday from 10 o’ clock to noon. The new building is located near Halfway Creek Park about 3 blocks southwest of the longtime current department in village hall.

Monroe County Sheriff's office hosting K-9 fundraiser Saturday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an outdoor 3-D archery shoot fund raiser in its hopes to get a K-9 drug dog program started again Saturday from 9 o’ clock to 3 o’ clock at Silent Outdoors in Sparta’s east side business park.

Does off limits in Black River State Forest again this fall

Does will be off limits to hunters in the Jackson County Black River State Forest again this fall. The DNR says the deer herd in the area remains well below desired levels, and despite a temperature improvement over the previous winter, the herd still needs more time to re-grow. The doe ban will also apply in several mainly northern counties.




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