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Some federal IG investigations would be made public under new bill

All federal inspector general investigations and audits that make recommendations would be made available publically and submitted to Congress under a bill offered Wednesday by US Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. It comes in response to painkiller over prescription allegations at Tomah’s VA Medical Center.

 Mauston could be getting 300 new jobs

There’s a chance Mauston could be getting a 30 million dollar facility that would house 300 employees. The Southern Wisconsin Agriculture Group will present a development proposal on an ag education center Thursday morning at 8 o’ clock at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

WTC's Rasch on changing state TC funding formula

Governor Walker’s proposed two-year state budget would have 100 percent of state funding for technical colleges be determined by how well colleges do with job placement and the number of courses tied to the needs of local employers, up from the current 30 percent. Western Technical College president Lee Rasch says he thinks the challenge they see with the increase to 100 percent from 30 percent is that there’s no new revenue tied to that, so they’re competing with other high-performing technical colleges for the same money instead of trying to develop new initiatives that could get people into emerging occupations. Rasch says they get about half of their funding from the state.

 New Tomah Chamber office update

It’s been about three months since plans surfaced to have the Tomah Chamber of Commerce move from its current Kilbourn Avenue location to the former Superior Avenue DNR Ranger Station. Chamber director Tina Thompson gave an update where they’re at in the process at last week’s Monroe County Economic Development Conference. Thompson says they’re waiting at this point for the DNR to turn the keys and deed back over to the city, which they’re hoping will happen in the next 10 days. Thompson says they’d then like to hold an open house for anyone who’d like to bid on the improvements needs for the chamber to complete the move. Previous discussions had put a new chamber office closer to the intersection of Highway 21 and I-94.

Mauston child sexual convict headed to trial

A man convicted in Juneau County of child sexual assault nearly 15 years ago will head to trial in May to be kept in custody as a sexually violent person. 68-year-old Larry Whiteeagle was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001. He’s set to be released in January.

BRF construction co offered move to Minnesota

A Black River Falls construction company whose owner opposed a State Senate right-to-work bill last week has been invited to move to Minnesota with relocation assistance. James Hoffman says he relies on unions to train company employees and fears lack of dues would cut his pool of qualified workers.

Jackson County elk open house Thursday night

A Black River Falls Chamber of Commerce informational open house will be held Thursday night on the new Jackson County elk herd that should be in place in the next two weeks. The herd will start with 50 elk. Jackson County Wildlife Fund board member Al Jacobson says they hope to have between 300 and 400 elk some day. The open house begins at 6 o’ clock at the Ho Chunk Nation Tribal Office building on Airport Road.

Arcadia mayor says Ashley tax break turn down could be devastating

Arcadia mayor John Kimmel says an Ashley Furniture decision Wednesday not to seek business expansion tax breaks could be potentially devastating to its downtown. Ashley was planning on giving the 6 million dollars to the city for a central district flood-control project.

Monroe Cnty trivia contest deadline Thursday

Thursday is the deadline to register for the March 14th Monroe County Families First 5th annual trivia night at Tomah’s Recreation Park.




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