A two-day trial for a Mauston woman who police say helped provide the drugs that killed another Mauston man in 20-11 begins Tuesday morning. 53-year-old Elizabeth Orr was one of three original suspects in the case. The other two, 50-year-old Darin Skiff of Mauston and 37-year-old Jessica Sanders, got four years and a year in prison, for their crimes.
A sex offender is being released Tuesday to live on La Crosse’s north side. 25-year-old Billy Cade Jr will live at the Attic Correctional Facility in the 800 block of Rose Street. Cade was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in La Crosse County in 2008 after sexually harassing and threatening to harm 14- and 16-year-old girls.
Sparta kindergarten classrooms will be in the high school next year as a short-term fix to relieve overcrowded elementary schools. Superintendent John Hendricks says two options for the fall of 20-15 are being considered. One would put the kindergartners in the administrative building and move administration to the high school. The other would put kindergartners back in neighborhood schools, and move 3rd graders to the intermediate school, 5th graders to the middle school and 8th graders to the high school. Hendricks says there isn’t enough time to adequately plan for significant changes for this coming fall.
Now that the worst of winter finally appears to be over, what can be done on the federal level to make sure there are not future propane-price spikes? Seventh District Congressman Sean Duffy says it ties into larger ideas on energy policy, including putting in infrastructure like the Keystone pipeline. Duffy says putting in that pipeline would help get propane to Wisconsin from warmer parts of the country during colder winters.
Today is the deadline to register for a Sparta charter school for middle-school students in science, technology, engineering and math that will open this fall. The Innovations STEM Academy will be run inside Meadowview schools. To register, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjZUti34ZyrFzm-skeVXjMMGHahOxHv7VfKzLnfQZwg/viewform.
The Sparta Free Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week. The library will re-open Wednesday. The library is putting is putting in a new online catalog. User will also not be able to put items on hold starting Thursday and will not be able to download E-books Sunday. More than 30 other Western Wisconsin libraries are putting in the new online catalog.
Construction on Highway 93 in Trempealeau County in Independence begins Monday. Other Western Wisconsin construction projects this year include bridge deck work on Interstate 94 between Tomah and Warrens, a roundabout at Highways 16 and 71 in Sparta and an eventual bridge replacement on Spring Street in downtown Sparta.
A bill that would let farmers legally drive heavy machinery on county roads this year is scheduled to be voted on in the State Senate Tuesday. Weight limits would go up 15 percent to 92,000 pounds. Laws dealing with farm equipment on roads have not been updated since the 60s. The new rules would last for 18 months.
A man charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 will be in La Crosse County court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. Police say 31-year-old Matthew Werner molested a 3-year-old girl over a two-year period. He faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted.