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The New Lisbon man who died in a motorcycle crash southwest of New Lisbon Saturday night was identified Monday. Police say 52-year-old Michael Rabuck crashed on Valley Road in the town of Fountain and that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Police say Rabuck was ejected from his motorcycle.

The Monroe County board is expected to take another crack at approving a 9-1-1 communication system upgrade Tuesday night. About a third of the board members want to form a committee that compares a mobile repeaters system that costs about half-a-million dollars to a 3.8 million dollar upgrade, according to board member Gene Treu. Treu says they have an obligation to look out for the impact of borrowing on taxpayers. Treu says you can throw money at every problem to solve it. Treu says with the new $28 million dollar jail on the tab for the next dozen years, the county should try its best avoid adding another 4 million dollars of debt on. If the committee is not approved, a compromise to use reserves to pay for about half of the 3.8 million dollar upgrade and borrow for the other half will be considered.

The 90-year-old Black River Falls water tower was taken down Monday. Black River Falls Municipal Utilities general manager Jerry E-wurt says a state loan was approved Friday to pay for the new tower and that the new tower will bump up the average residents’ water bill at the absolute most about $5 a month. Ewert says they won’t know exactly how much bills will go up until the terms of the state loan are determined. Ewert says they should find in late September or October exactly how much bills will go up. Ewert says the new tower should be ready by late next month or early September.

A Tomah man charged with attempted murder and more than 30 other felonies for his part in a 20-13 case will be in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Police say 18-year-old Vincent Rouse was one of two men who tied up a man and left a TV on a lit stove at his home. Rouse faces up to 60 years in prison on the attempted murder charge.

An Eastern Wisconsin man charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 in La Crosse County in 20-10 is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon. 23-year-old Jose Martinez faces up to 60 years in prison.

A West Salem Country Club will be up for auction Wednesday morning. Maple Grove County Club had been open since the mid-1970s, but closed in September. There’s no word yet on what the property between I-90 and County Highway B west of West Salem could be turned into.

A Westby woman was injured in a one-car crash on Highway 14 between Westby and Viroqua early Monday evening. Police say 48-year-old Ginger Jacobs lost consciousness and hit a traffic sign. She was sent to a Viroqua hospital. Police continue to investigate.

Mauston schools have put off a possible referendum to go over state spending caps until February at the earliest. District business manager Julie Lankey-Smallwood says tentative plans are to take a survey of district residents in September on a possible referendum. A possible plan would close West Side Elementary, move 7th and 8th graders to the high school and put 3rd through 6th graders in Olson Middle School.

A La Crosse man was arrested Thursday on eight counts of breaking into Trempealeau County storage units. Police say 33-year-old Terrence Whitehead committed the burglaries in Trempealeau, Galesville, Centerville and Coral City over the last few months. If you’ve had a break-in at your Trempealeau County storage shed, call Trempealeau County police.




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