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State News

Single Vehicle Crash in Vernon County, No Life Threatening Injuries

On Monday morning, April 15, 2019, at approximately 5:45 AM a single-vehicle crash occurred on US Highway 14, just east of the village of Readstown, in the town of Kickapoo.  Rudolph R. Haugen, age 48, was operating a mid-sized sport utility vehicle eastbound on US Highway 14 and lost consciousness.  In a curve to the More >

Shopko Reaches Deal To Sell Optical Business

Wisconsin-based Shopko has reached an agreement with a buy to sell its optical business for eight-and-a-half-million dollars cash.  The company had just announced it was selling that business last Thursday, so the agreement came quickly.  The buyer is Shoptikal L-L-C, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital.  The final agreement and the takeover process still have More >

Mother Of Teen Who Died While Fasting Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

A Sauk County Circuit Court judge has sentenced the mother of a 15-year-old boy who died by fasting to three years in prison.  Titilayno Omosebi expressed remorse before the sentencing.  The victim’s 11-year-old brother was also emaciated at the time, he was treated at a local hospital and is now living with a foster family.  More >

Former World Dairy Expo President Leaving Struggling Industry

After decades of running the Heatherstone Enterprises farm in Baraboo, Mike Holschbach is stepping down.  Holschbach is the former president of the World Dairy Expo.  Heatherstone has been operating in Baraboo for 58 years and Holschbach bought it from his in-laws in 1984.  He says he’s ready to retire from selling cattle and dairy products, More >

Republicans Slow To Confirm Governor Evers Cabinet Nominees

Governor Tony Evers and Republican lawmakers are still fighting over appointees at the state Capitol.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said there is “some truth” to Democratic claims his party has been “slow walking” Evers’ appointments to his administration.  The ongoing dispute goes back to the Democratic governor’s decision to rescind appointments made More >

Former La Crosse Choir Director Going To Prison For Sexual Assaults

Two former students of a La Crosse choir director say their lives will never be the same.  They accused 34-year-old Dustin Bagstad of sexually assaulting them.  One survivor says she feared walking to school and worried about running into Bagstad.  That fear will go away for a little while after he was sentenced to eight More >

2 Arrested in Vernon County

On March 27th, 2019, at approximately 5:40 PM, Vernon County deputies stopped to check on three vehicles parked near the intersection of State Highway 56 and Cook Hill Road.  The Vernon County K-9 Unit was called to the scene to assist. K-9 Myk indicated to the odor of narcotics in all three vehicles. A subsequent More >

Jackson County Woman Accused Of Making Fake 9-1-1 Call, Starting Fire

A Wisconsin woman’s trouble with the law started when Black River Falls police got a call about an accident involving a pedestrian near the Ho-Chunk Casino.  When the responding officer couldn’t find a victim, he checked surveillance video and determined there had been no accident.  Later the same night, a man called to report Kennesha More >

Bernie Sanders has Madison rally set for Friday

Madison is the first stop in a swing through perceived battleground states by Vermont Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. He’ll make the pitch that Democrats’ clearest and strongest path to victory in 2020 runs through the upper Midwest — and that he’s the best-positioned candidate to win these states and defeat Donald Trump. Sanders More >

Vernon County Authorities Report to Vehicle Fire

On April 7, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center was notified about a vehicle fire on U.S. Highway 14/61 south of Viroqua.  Andrew H. Olson, age 41, of Richland Center was operating a vehicle westbound on U.S. Highway 14/61 when the dashboard indicator battery light came on.  Olson also said a More >