Man says he robbed bank to stay out of jail

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) – Court records say a Rice Lake man told police he robbed a local bank to get money to pay court obligations so he wouldn’t go to jail. The 19-year-old man was arrested last week after he was seen running from the Sterling Bank in Rice Lake. Police say he had More >

Fourth suspect at large in interstate shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a “running gun battle” on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the More >

Organic meat processor to close after dispute

VILLAGE OF BLACK EARTH, Wis. (AP) – A popular organic meat processor has decided to close after a dispute with village of Black Earth officials. Owner Bartlett Durand says Black Earth Meats expects to close by the end of July after it lost it loan with the Bank of New Glarus. That followed the Village Board’s More >

Democratic attorney general candidates at forum

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The three Democratic candidates for Wisconsin attorney general know they agree on most issues, so they’re trying to differentiate themselves by touting their experience and ability to win in November. The candidates are two district attorneys – Susan Happ in Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne in Dane County – and state Rep. More >

Crash in Town of Kildare Leaves Two Injured

A serious accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon on County Road HH, south of Dombek road in the Town of Kildare involved two injuries. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the crash involved a Ford Escort station wagon and a McCormick tractor. The tractor was operating an attachment for mowing the right shoulder of the More >

Kurtz Holds Listening Sessions at American Legions

Republican candidate for Congress Tony Kurtz has been holding listening sessions at American Legions across the district to discuss issues relating to veterans’ healthcare and employment. Kurtz says he learns from these sessions everything from the good and the bad and that one problem he’s heard is the shortages in VA hospitals. “People like to More >

Mauston School Board Continues to Revise Community Survey

The Mauston School Board continued its talks related to the community survey about the proposed facilities planning.  Bill Foster from School Perceptions LLC appeared via telephone Monday night to talk about the content of the survey. He said that survey has two primary goals: to collect data and to educate the public on what options More >

Sitter convicted in baby’s death will appeal

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) – The baby sitter found guilty in Sauk County of killing an infant in her care plans to appeal her conviction. Jeanette Janusiak, of Reedsburg, was found guilty last month in the death of 4-month Payten Rain Shearer. The Baraboo News Republic ( ) says the woman’s attorney has filed paperwork in More >

Convicted Minnesota murderer seeks new trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota man who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father and son has asked for a new trial. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( ) Jeffrey Lepsch of Dakota, Minnesota filed a motion in La Crosse County Circuit Court. It claims nine of the 12 jurors believed More >

Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s More >