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Grace June Konish
Grace June Konish, 62, of Tomah passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at her home.

Velma Ruth Overby
TOMAH/HATFIELD ? Velma Ruth Overby, formerly of Tomah, and Hatfield died Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in rural Black River Falls, less than a mi…

Black River Falls wins 'mud bowl'
Ryan Millis? 68-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter wasn?t a touchdown, and it didn?t even lead to one.

Swanson, Moser lead Tomah runners
Kelsi Swanson and Katan Moser were Tomah High School?s top female and male runners at the Pioneer Westfield Invitational held Thursday at Westfield High School.

Police investigate fatal train accident
TOMAH -- A person was struck and killed by a train on the Canadian Pacific tracks late Saturday night, about 100 feet east of Superior Avenue in Tomah. Tomah police reported the unidentified p…

Column: Lawyers only winners in raw milk debate
The day the cows were turned out to pasture each May was a sure sign that spring had arrived on the farm.

Column: Healing invisible wounds of returning vets
As the nearly 32,000 Wisconsin residents who served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan continue returning home, we are reminded once again that not all the injuries of combat are the kind y…

Norwalk man injured in fall from car
A 22-year-old rural Norwalk man is in critical condition at a local hospital after falling from the roof of a car early Friday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff?s Department.

Football game suspended, resumes Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Tomah High School's Friday football game against Black River Falls has been suspended due to lightning and will resume at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bidding process thrown into question
Monroe County could face legal issues after the introduction of a second bidder to the stalled emergency services radio communications project.


National News
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

Piece of a mortar projectile is pictured on a road near the airport in Donetsk,By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.

U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia
Department of Defense spokesman said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. Al Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al Qaeda that wants to impose its own strict version of Islam in Somalia. It ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011, when African peacekeeping troops marched into the capital, Mogadishu.

Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles

A pro-democracy activist is detained by the police during a confrontation in Hong KongHong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China's decision not to allow the Asian financial hub to choose its next leader. The 19, aged between 20 and 45, were arrested on Monday for illegal assembly, trying to force their way on to a carriageway, charging a police line and for pushing barriers, a police spokeswoman said. Police used pepper spray to disperse activists as Hong Kong center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political upheaval as activists in the former British colony push for full democracy.

Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after 'coup': aide

Lesotho's PM Thabane attends an EU-Africa summit in BrusselsBy Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho's prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said on Monday. Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa, whose territory surrounds Lesotho, early on Saturday, hours before the army surrounded his residence and overran police stations in the capital, Maseru, in what the prime minister called a coup. Lesotho's army said it had not tried to oust Thabane but had moved against police suspected of planning to arm a political faction. The unrest stems from a power struggle between Thabane, who is supported by the police, and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who has the loyalty of the army, diplomats said.

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been†hunting†Islamist†militants for months. Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in hospital that about five gunmen attacked his house late on Monday. Tunisia holds its first free parliamentary elections on Oct. 26 after parliament adopted a new constitution this year. Protests in Tunisia in 2010 sparked subsequent revolutions that have transformed the Arab world and in many ways is more stable and secure than other Arab Spring countries such as†Libya,†Egypt†and†Syria.

Guantanamo detainee transfer to Uruguay unlikely before vote: official
President Josť Mujica earlier this year accepted a request to take half a dozen inmates from the center used to imprison people detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but at least one poll showed the move to be unpopular among Uruguayans. "I don't believe the process will be completed in the next two or three months," Diego Canepa, vice secretary of the presidency, told Reuters. Guantanamo has been criticized by human rights groups, with some of its prisoners held for a decade or longer without being charged or given a trial. President George W. Bush in 2002 to hold terrorism suspects rounded up overseas, Guantanamo became a symbol of the excesses of his "war on terror." U.S.

Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT
SUVA, Fiji (AP) ? Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with U.N. officers.

British rights activist on trial in Thai court
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) ? A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a fruit processing factory in Thailand in the first in a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the Thai company.

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Villagers walk by an abandoned checkpoint in Olenivka on September 1, 2014Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the fast-escalating crisis opened behind closed doors in the Belarussian capital Minsk, attended by government, separatist and Russian envoys. The rebels have launched a major counter-offensive in recent days that the Ukrainian government and its Western allies claim is backed by Russian forces -- a charge Moscow denies. Ukraine's Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey vowed on Monday to "immediately mount defences against Russia, which is trying not only to secure positions held by terrorists before but to advance on other territories of Ukraine".

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A so-called contact group meets for talks in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, to reach agreement on a cease-fire. The group, which last met in late July, includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)MOSCOW (AP) ? Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy ? a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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