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Jackson County authorities looking for wanted man
Jackson County authorities need help finding a wanted man awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting a child.

Ethel E. Sime
Ethel E. Sime, 95, of Tomah died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Tomah Memorial Hospital.

Kevin Keith Gebczyk
Kevin Keith Gebczyk, 57, of Tomah passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at his home in Tomah.

Earl 'JR' Steger, Jr.
HORICON, Wis. ? Earl ?JR? Steger, Jr., 66, of Horicon passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Tomah VA Medical Center.

School board approves tax decrease
The sand mining boom will give Tomah property owners a tax break this year, but it could exacerbate the Tomah Area School District?s long-term budget problems.

Middle School volleyball
The Tomah Middle School eighth-grade volleyball squared off against La Crosse Lincoln Oct. 9 for their final home match of the season in the Tomah Middle School gymnasium. The seventh- and eig…

Quilts of Valor: Brothers who served Vietnam honored at Veterans Memorial
Tom Smith?s original plan was to honor his brother, Dickie Smith.

Editorial: Voting should be convenient for everyone
John Fund must despise what happens in the Monroe County town of Scott.

Letter: Why won't VanderMeer debate?
There have been two debates so far this fall in the 70th Assembly District, and while Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink has attended both debates in person, candidate ?no show? Nancy VanderMeer has been ab…

Outdoors Report: Early signs of rut detected
Deer hunters are seeing the early signs of the rut.


National News
Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi army members ride in vehicles during a patrol in Jurf al-SakharBy Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants. Iraqi troops and their Shi'ite allies broke the grip of Islamic State in Jurf al-Sakhar after months of fighting against insurgents determined to march on the capital. ...

War-weary Ukraine set to pick pro-Western parliament in election

A combination photo shows pre-election posters as they are seen on the streets of KievBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - War-weary Ukrainians are set to pick a pro-Western and nationalist-leaning parliament on Sunday that should give President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may inject new tension into ties with Russia. It is the first parliamentary election in the ex-Soviet republic of 46 millions since street protests in the capital last winter forced Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich to flee and ushered in a pro-Europe leadership under Poroshenko. ...

Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed

Lebanese army soldiers carry their weapons during clashes with Islamist militants in TripoliBEIRUT (Reuters) - Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighboring Syria began. Soldiers exchanged heavy fire with the gunmen - whose exact affiliation was unclear - in the city of Tripoli in the morning and moved in on their positions in the afternoon, security sources said. Three soldiers were wounded in a nearby incident when gunmen opened fire on an army vehicle near the northern village of Bahneen, the sources said. ...

Germany's Merkel deals blow to UK on EU migration reform: Sunday Times

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportLONDON (Reuters) - German leader Angela Merkel has said she will not back restrictions on the freedom of workers to move around the European Union, potentially derailing plans of British Prime Minister David Cameron, a newspaper reported. The Sunday Times quoted Merkel as saying in an interview that she would not support any limitations of movement within the 28-nation bloc. "Germany will not tamper with the fundamental principles of free movement in the EU," Merkel told the newspaper. ...

Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

Anti-Occupy protesters hold candles and a Chinese flag as they gather to oppose actions of pro-democracy groups in Hong KongBy Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators. Hong Kong has been roiled by a tenacious, student-led people's movement demanding full democracy in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997. ...

Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said. The attack on the peacekeepers from Senegal is the latest in a string of incidents that has forced France to reinforce its presence in Mali to help the U.N. force weather a resurgence by Islamist militants. The U.N. peacekeepers were attacked as they were transporting water on a road 12 km (7 miles) southwest of Kidal. The two most seriously injured soldiers will be flown to Dakar for treatment, the U.N. ...

Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ? A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Arakan Project, said there has been a huge surge since Oct. 15, with an average of 900 people per day piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state.

Canada Parliament gunman aimed to go to Saudi Arabia, not Syria: mother
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian citizen who police contend shot dead a soldier at the nation's war memorial before charging into Parliament had intended to travel to Saudi Arabia, not Syria, his mother said in a letter to a news agency published on Saturday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Thursday that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had traveled to Ottawa from Vancouver to try to obtain a passport and intended to travel to Syria, saying that his mother, Susan Bibeau, had revealed that information in an interview. ...

Impact, DC United tie 1-1

Montreal Impact's Marco Di Vaio celebrates after scoring against D.C. United during an MLS soccer game in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)MONTREAL (AP) ? Marco Di Vaio scored in the final game of his 20-year career, helping the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 tie with D.C. United on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Cruzeiro held to 1-1 draw against Figueirense
SAO PAULO (AP) ? Defending champion Cruzeiro conceded an injury-time equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Figueirense on Saturday, missing a chance to increase its Brazilian league lead.

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