A Monroe County man has been ordered to pay close to $150 thousand in forfeitures and costs after a Circuit Judge found him in violation of a few state laws. Ray Miller of M & M Ranch & Outfitters violated state laws regulating maintenance of drinking water wells and assuring clean water. According to the complaint, filed by the Department of Justice, Miller failed to correct significant deficiencies on his property's four wells and one valve pit.
Despite receiving multiple notices of violations from the DNR, Miller repeatedly refused to bring the wells into compliance.
Miller was also told by the DNR that there may be funding available to him to help with the associated costs of the needed repairs, Miller refused to remedy the violations. Miller also promised to bring the wells into compliance but refused to do so.......for 2 years.
4 people were sent to the hospital after a one car crash in Monroe County last night. 35 year old Juana Gutierrez of Tomah was driving on Highway 131 near Wilton when she failed to stop for a stop sign.....drove down an embankment and 300 feet later, came to rest in a creek.
Gutierrez along with her 3 year old and 7 year old children all transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Another passenger, 53 year old Marcelino Lopez of Rockland, was aitlifted to Gunderson Lutheran in Lacrosse with what were thought to be life threatening injuries........he was later upgraded to fair condition.
The accident is under investigation by the Monroe County Sherrif's Department.
Ed Thompson, the younger brother of former Governor Tommy Thompson and a gubernatorial candidate himself, died Saturday at his home in Tomah after fighting pancreatic cancer. Thompson was 66. Thompson was mayor of Tomah from 2000 to 2002 and 2008 to 2010. He ran for governor as a Libertarian in 2002, touting himself as Wisconsin's version of then-Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. He lost to Democrat Jim Doyle in a three-way race that included then-Governor Scott McCallum, a Republican. Thompson most recently ran as a Republican for the 31st District state Senate seat. He was in the middle of that campaign when he announced in September 2010 that he had cancer. He lost to incumbent Democrat Kathleen Vinehout less than two months later. Thompson was diagnosed with cancer after going in for an unrelated surgery. Told that he had only about six months to live, he decided to forge ahead with the campaign.
Bryan Stanley's whereabouts could become a public record, if the Wisconsin Supreme Court gets involved in his case.
Stanley killed three men at an area church in 1985, and spent nearly 25 years in a state hospital until he was considered well enough to be released. But lower courts say Stanley's privacy is more important than the public's right to know where he's living. The La Crosse Tribune wants the files opened, and is hopeful about the possible appeal to the Supreme Court:
First case of flu confirmed in Wisconsin. State health bosses today say an adult in Northeastern Wisconsin is the first case of influenza for the season. Perfect time, says state health officer Dr. Henry Anderson, to get you flu shot. Anderson says the flu shot remains the most effective way to avoid getting the flu. The state health department says this first case indicates an early start to flu season for Wisconsin that generally runs from November to March, with peak activity around late-January or February.