Badger Coulee power line gets formal final approval
The high-power Badger-Coulee power line got final approval from the state public service commission Thursday. The 180-mile line’s northern route of two proposed routes was officially approved. Initial line approval was given last month. Utilities plan to start negotiating with landowners along the line’s route in May. It’s expected to be complete in 20-18.
Jackson County approves building second courtroom
The Jackson County board approved a 3.2 million dollar courtroom building project Tuesday night. Board member Jeff Amo says it could help them in their quest to add a second judge at some point; the county’s current judge, Anna Becker, currently has the state’s largest caseload. Amo says a second judge is their hope; but that they also have enough cases now that they regularly have visiting judges in that the 2nd courtroom would be used as soon as it’s ready. Amo says it’ll be about a 3,200-foot square foot project. Amo says they hope to bid out the project in June in have it ready by a year from October.
2 men charged in Tomah murder in court for preliminary hearing Friday afternoon
The two men accused of murdering a Tomah man at the Econo Lodge last month will be in court for preliminary hearings Friday afternoon. Bonds were set at a million and three-quarters of a million dollars last Friday for 26-year-old Zachary Davis and 20-year-old Sebastian Martinez. Police say Davis stabbed 43-year-old Derek Magnuson multiple times with a machete while Martinez looked on.
Sparta grad finalist to be named Best Midwest chef
A Sparta High School graduate and Milwaukee chef is a finalist to be named the Best Midwest Chef in about 10 days. Justin Carlisle opened the Ardent Restaurant in 20-13 and says it all started with him and the middle of his three brothers. Carlisle says they both started at the Ranch House when it was there, and the Oasis, as dishwashers; they then went on to Wisconsin Dells and became prep cooks. Carlisle says he wanted to open up his type of restaurant for more than a decade. Carlisle says it’s a reflection of him growing up on a farm and the food that he had there. Carlisle says his parents still live on the farm he grew up on between Sparta and Angelo.
Friday deadline to file BRF police referendum recount appeal
The deadline for anyone to file a recount appeal in this month’s Black River Falls police referendum is Friday at 5 o’ clock. Barring a last-day appeal, the department will stay intact, instead of the city contracting with Jackson County for policing. Police union president Tom Cooper said earlier this week he had not heard of any expected recount appeals.
VA hosting free electronics recycling collection Friday and Saturday
Tomah’s VA Medical Center is hosting a free home electronics recycling collection Friday and Saturday from 7 o’ clock to 3 o’ clock. Items included are TVs, computer monitors and microwaves.
TC graduation Saturday
More than 900 Western Technical College students will graduate Saturday afternoon at 2 o’ clock at the La Crosse Center. About 2/3s will get associate’s degrees. About a 1/3 will get technical diplomas. 15 apprenticeship program students also completed their studies this school year. The keynote speaker is Vernon Memorial Hospital CEO Kyle Bakkum.
Tomah’s Burnstad's officially closing Saturday
Burnstad’s Market in Tomah will officially close as Burnstad’s Saturday morning at 11 o’ clock and reopen Wednesday morning as Gordy’s Market. Burnstad’s has owned a Tomah grocery store since 1944.
Dead body found near Sparta Wal-Mart
A dead body was found northwest of Sparta’s Wal-Mart Tuesday night. The body was found by kids walking in woods near the store. Sparta police chief David Kuderer says the person, a man in his 20s, appears to have been dead for a long time. Foul play is not suspected. Because the body was outside for a long time, a positive ID could not be made.