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Merrillan woman dies in I-94 crash

A Merrillan woman died in Wednesday’s night crash between a car and a semi on Interstate 94 in Trempealeau County. Police say the car of 56-year-old Kay Schnur hit a deer and stopped in traffic before being hit by the semi of a Cumberland man. A passenger in Schnur’s car, 25-year-old Anna Herrick of Merrillan suffered injuries that were not life threatening. Police continue to investigate.

No one hurt in Whitehall train-semi crash

No one was injured after police say a train hit a semi hauling wood chips on Whitehall’s west side early Thursday afternoon. The semi of 50-year-old Gerald Volkman of Winona rolled over. Witnesses say Volkman did not see flashing crossing lights on Highway 121 in time.

 BRF Mayor Danielson on why he voted to contract policing

The Black River Falls City Council voted Wednesday night to dissolve its police department and contract with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for policing. Mayor Ron Danielson cast the tiebreaking vote, but says it was done to give the public the ultimate chance for feedback. Danielson says if the council would have voted for a referendum, it would have been non-binding. But by voting to go with the county, Danielson says a referendum becomes binding, allowing citizens to tell the city what they want. Danielson says if they get 200 signatures needed for a referendum in 15 days, it’ll be held in February. If they get the signatures in 60 days, it’ll be held in April.

Pasell retiring Friday

Friday is the final day on the job for retiring La Crosse County judge Dale Pasell after 16 years on the bench. Pasell was also a county public defender for 20 years before that, and says the county has done a good job assessing who will and won’t be dangerous if they’re put on probation. Pasell says instead of having their own ideas as to what will work, they’ve moved toward using things that have been looked at carefully and finding out what the evidence shows. Pasell says he’s also greatly satisfied with the work he and Judge John Perlich before him were able to do with drunk driving and drug courts.

 Good deer hunt expected in southern WI

Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual nine-day gun-deer hunting season. More than 600 thousand hunters are expected to take part. DNR big-game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says southern Wisconsin conditions appear to be favorable for a good hunt, with bow hunters showing good kills numbers there.

Contractors making Dresbach bridge driving easier

Contractors are scheduled to make driving on the I-90 Dresbach bridge easier Friday, including plowing snow. Yearly bridge construction stopped two weeks ago.

No one injured in La Crosse Walgreen's standoff

No one was injured after police responded to a report of a naked man armed with a knife at La Crosse’s north side Walgreens Thursday afternoon. The store was evacuated and closed. Police say the suspect barricaded himself in a room, but eventually gave up peacefully after about a 2 ½ hour standoff and was arrested.

UWL prof named state prof of year

A UW-La Crosse biology professor has been named this year’s state Professor of the Year. Scott Cooper was honored Thursday in Washington, D.C. It’s the third time in the last four years a UW-L professor has earned the honor, including history professor Greg Wegner in 20-11.

Sparta Chamber hosting legislative breakfast Monday

Sparta’s Chamber of Commerce will host another legislative breakfast Monday at 7 o’ clock at the Sparta Family Restaurant. It’s the first breakfast since this month’s general election. Breakfasts are held on the last Monday of every other month.




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