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A man driving a car that was crushed by a dump truck that started on fire died in Thursday morning’s six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash near the French Island Interstate exit. Another person involved in the crash, a woman, suffered life-threatening injuries. A second man suffered injuries that were not life threatening. The crash also included a semi, a commercial van, an SUV and a car. Names of the victims have not been released.

Two Mauston residents who police say broke into a vacant home in the 500 block of Sherman Street Tuesday night were arrested. Police say they went to the home and found 26-year-old Anthony Arcuri and 22-year-old Aubrey Krowiorz inside. Police say Krowiorz also kicked a window out of a police car after she was arrested.

The Town of Sparta will be able to save some money on snow plowing next winter thanks to an arrangement with the City of Sparta and US Silica. Town chair Howard GAR-viss says last year they had a similar arrangement with a frac sand mine near Tomah. Garves says it’ll be a lot cheaper for them to truck free sand from near Sparta instead of near Tomah. Garves estimates they’ll be able to save 10 thousand dollars because of the arrangement. Garves says they’ll probably truck 60 to 70 loads of sand because of the arrangement.

Tomah Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Karen DeSanto has found a different way to raise money for the club Friday. She got into a locked circus cage at Baraboo’s Al Ringling Mansion Thursday morning at 10 o’ clock and will stay in the cage until Friday morning at 10 o clock. She says with her circus roots, she thought it’d be great if she could get in a wagon, and the idea was born. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/events/746742735387969/.

State cranberry growers harvested more than 6 million barrels of berries last year. That’s a new state record. It’s also an about 25 percent jump from last year’s 4.8 million barrels produced. Wisconsin produced two-third of the country’s cranberries last year. That’s more than triple the next highest state, Massachusetts.

Unemployment rates went up between two-tenths and seven-tenths of a point in Western Wisconsin in June. The biggest jump came in Juneau County, which went from 6.8 to 7.5 percent.

The DNR will be doing free ATV and UTV engine sound checks, and handing out free trails maps near I-94 and Highway 54 Saturday and Sunday. ATVs sounds should be at 96 decibels or less.  ATVs and UTVs also need a functioning exhaust system. DNR wardens will also be answering questions.

Construction on Highway 21 in Adams County from Highway 13 east to the county line is expected to be done Friday. New asphalt, center line rumble strips and guard rails have been put in, and shoulders have widened. New signs and pavement markings have also been put in.

Wisconsin has made a new offer to restore income tax reciprocity with Minnesota. People who live in one state and work in the other have had to pay taxes in both states since 20-10. A deal needs to be reached by September 30th.




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