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Alleged Necedah murderer in court for prelim Fri anoon

A Necedah woman who Juneau County police say killed the father of her daughter at a Necedah home in February will be back in court for a preliminary hearing Friday afternoon. Police say 21-year-old Natalie Murphy admitted to shooting 24-year-old Andrew Dammen of Mauston in the chest. Police say Murphy told them Dammen told her to shoot him.

Ashley opening online headquarters in Tampa

Ashley Furniture will open headquarters for the online portion of its business in Tampa. Ashley already has a retail base near Tampa. Ashley officials say locating the online part of their business in Florida has no effect on continuing their headquarters in Arcadia. Ashley sales have gone up nearly 10 fold to 4 billion dollars a year in the last two decades.

City of Onalaska QUARTERLY water bills will be going up later this year and next year

City of Onalaska water bills will be going up later this year and next year. City engineer Jarrod Holter explains why and how much of an increase you can expect. Holter says the average residential customer will see a 4 dollar per QUARTER increase this fall; for the second part of the project for a new well near the former Onalaska High School baseball field the average residential customer will see a 6 dollar per QUARTER increase. Holter says the first part of the increase will cover higher operating costs, for things like  employee wages, chemicals, pumping and power.

Passing a civics test to graduate HS not an awful idea, says Brooks

State high school students will likely have to pass a civics test to graduate under the upcoming state budget. 50th District Assemblyman Ed Brooks says right now students could take the test their junior or senior years. Brooks says it’ll be very similar to the test hopeful naturalized citizens take. Brooks says it’s probably a fair thing to do and not a reason he’d vote against the entire budget. Brooks says he thinks students are overtested, but the thought is good, and it may not be a bad idea for all citizens to take the test just to refresh themselves. Supporters say it’ll encourage more youth government involvement. Many teachers think the extra test is not necessary.

Western WI interstates could be up to 70 mph in a month

Western Wisconsin interstates could have the new 70 mile an hour speed limit within a month. Monroe County highway commissioner Jack Dittmar says they DOT has them putting up posts right now. The signs are produced by the state prison system. Onalaska officials say they’re not sure if the new speed limit will apply to Highway 53 from the Main Street intersection to the Highway 93 intersection north of Holmen.

Cashton schools hosting public auction Sat morn

Cashton schools will host a public auction Saturday at 9 o’ clock to get rid of excess items as they get ready for summer construction.

Western WI school districts hosting graduation this weekend

At least four Western Wisconsin school districts will hold graduation ceremonies this weekend. Sparta’s graduation is Friday night at 7 o’ clock at Memorial Field. It includes Marcella Fuhrmann, who has not missed a day in 4 years of high school. Hillsboro’s graduation is Friday night at 730. Necedah’s is Saturday morning at 10 o’ clock. Bangor’s is Sunday afternoon.

Tomah, Sparta, Highgrounds hosting Memorial Day ceremonies

Tomah, Sparta and the Highground Veterans Memorial will hold Memorial Day ceremonies this weekend. Tomah’s VA Medical Center’s is at 1 o’ clock Friday. Decorated Vietnam vet and former Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin will speak. Western Wisconsin soldiers who died in Iraq will be honored. Sparta’s Monday ceremonies start at St. Patrick’s cemetery at 8 o’ clock and Leon cemetery at 9 o’ clock, followed by a 1030 Water Street parade. Monday Highground ceremonies begin at 2 o’ clock, including a motorcycle ride-in from Tomah.




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