Two Vernon County Deputies Attend Wisconsin Humane Officer Training

Two deputies from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office attended the Wisconsin Humane Officer Training course in Madison last week. Sheriff John Spears said that in conjunction with the Vernon County Humane Society, Deputies Eric Tollackson and Phil Welch were sent for the training. This course was provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and More >

Legislature’s budget panel to consider voter ID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Legislature’s budget committee plans to meet Tuesday to consider a request to spend about $461,000 to educate voters about the voter identification law before the Nov. 4 election. The Joint Finance Committee announced the meeting date Wednesday. It comes after the state elections board asked the committee for approval to spend More >

Wisconsin DA hopeful launches first TV ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel has launched his first television ad. Schimel, a Republican, currently serves as Waukesha County’s district attorney. His Democratic opponent, Susan Happ, is the Jefferson County district attorney. His ad shows him with his daughters, in a courtroom and chatting in the Waukesha County courthouse. An unseen narrator More >

Castle doctrine doesn’t apply outside dwelling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state appeals court has ruled that Wisconsin’s castle doctrine law doesn’t apply outside a dwelling. The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling Thursday stems from the case of Charles Chew, who fired at two men as they fled across a parking lot after they beat him in his apartment in 2012. More >

Husband to face charges in double homicide

BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – Green Lake County’s top prosecutor says he expects to file homicide charges against the husband of a woman found fatally shot along with another man in Berlin. District Attorney Andrew Christenson said at a news conference Wednesday that those charges against 33-year-old Nicholas Tuinstra, as well as a court appearance, are expected More >

Madison expo interpreters welcome foreign visitors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The World Dairy Expo is offering interpreters to help hundreds of international visitors feel at home in Madison. Ron Eustice, an interpreter who speaks six languages, tells the Wisconsin State Journal ( ) that his fellow volunteers try to make the expo’s foreign attendees feel more comfortable by using a language they More >

Full inspections of frack sand mines mostly undone

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A report says only 20 percent of active frack sand mine operations have been inspected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure compliance with air pollution rules. The mining company needs an air permit from the DNR before beginning operations. Then it’s up to the agency to do a More >

Recent Births at Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston

Maria Humphrey and Thunder Decorah of Mauston are the parents of a baby girl, Nizhoni Lysandra Decorah, born September 21 at Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston.  She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 ¾ inches.  Maternal grandparents are Mary and Bruce Humphrey of Milwaukee.  Paternal grandparents are Barbara Decorah-Clay and Ricardo Bandera More >

School District of Hillsboro Holding Public Information Meetings About Referendum

The School District of Hillsboro is holding three public information meetings regarding the November referendum. The first meeting is an informational gathering with Hillsboro businesses tonight at 6pm at the Hillsboro Brewing Company. According to the school district administration, the district is asking two referendum questions because fixed costs and expenses have and continue to More >

Superior police investigate fatal shooting

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – Police in Superior are investigating a fatal shooting. Authorities say officers were called to a home about 7 p.m. Tuesday. A resident in the home told investigators she was upstairs when she heard gunshots, went downstairs and found the victim on the floor unresponsive. Officers moved the unconscious man across the More >