State Senator Kathleen Vinehout suffered an arm injury in a multi-car crash on I-94 near Racine Sunday. Vinehout was sent to a local hospital and was receiving care as of late Sunday afternoon, according to her Facebook page. Vinehout, who seems likely to run for governor next year, had cancelled events in Racine and Kenosha due to the weather.
Removing asbestos could add some cost to the demolishing of the old Monroe County jail. County board vice chair and finance committee chair Jim Kuhn says they’re in process of narrowing down how much it might cost. Kuhn says the places most likely to have some asbestos are the old jail and the current sheriff’s offices.
Sparta schools have started a committee to look at a referendum. Despite some overcrowding that’s forced the district to move kindergartners to the high school, Superintendent John Hendricks does not think the committee will suggest a new building. Hendricks says a new override referendum could allow tax rates to stay the same. The current referendum is for another year at 750 thousand dollars a year. Hendricks says if he had his choice, he’d like to a see the next referendum to go over spending caps be for more years and a little more money per year.
Tomah schools will continue discussion on a possible referendum to go over state spending caps Monday night. The school board’s finance committee will go over budgets for the next three years. A board facility committee will also give an update on building security upgrades that have been put in to many district schools in the last year.
Members of St. Andrew Parish in Warrens are close to reaching a goal of raising 10 thousand dollars for a permanent classroom for a school in India. The school was opened by a former associate pastor at both St. Andrews and St. Mary’s in Tomah, Father Francis Thadathil. For more information, search for St. Andrew’s Catholic Church on Facebook.
All state flags are being flown at half-staff Monday in honor of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
A La Crosse County committee will consider approving selling properties Monday night. The county is hoping to sell farm property near Lakeview Nursing Home in West Salem. The county is also hoping to sell the Park Plaza property off Highway 14-61 between La Crosse and La Crescent. Sales would still need to be approved by the full county board.
Tuesday is the deadline for turkey and bear hunters to apply for permits for next year’s hunts. The turkey seasons begin April 16th and run through late May. The bear season starts just after Labor Day and runs through early October.
Western Wisconsin snowmobile trails remained closed despite Sunday’s few inches of snow. DNR chief safety warden Todd Schaller says going out too early threatens agreements with landowners. For more information, go to http://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/snowmobile.