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A picture taken by Heidi Tubbs of Hixton was recently selected as a finalist for the Reader Photo Contest in the Our Wisconsin magazine.

Her picture was taken at the Warrens Cranberry Festival and is of Ben Bikin’, which is a familiar sight in Sparta, the “Bicycling Capital of America.”

This is actually her third nomination in a row from the magazine.

“It is amazing to me how many people get the magazine and saw my work,” Tubbs said explaining that she has gotten a lot of compliments.

Tubbs said she takes photos for fun, entering them into contests at the Jackson County Fair and Warrens Cranberry Festival, starting seven years ago when her daughter was two-years-old.

Lars Helgeson, 23, of Hixton plead guilty Thursday to first-degree intentional homicide for the 2013 death of his father, Brian O. Helgeson.

Due to reasons of natural disease or defect, the court found him not guilty after a doctor testified that Helgeson lacked the mental capacity to understand the wrongfulness of his act and so will be committed to the Mendota Mental Health Institute for life.

In 2013, Helgeson shot his father in their rural Hixton home, burned the body and hid it in an all-terrain vehicle track.

Helgeson was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and according to court documents, his family said he suffered from delusions and hallucinations.

The defense argued that the state statutes on insanity pleas didn't take into account brain maturity and cited studies pointing out the brain doesn't fully mature until 25.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox is one of two candidates recommended for the vacant U.S. attorney position in the western district of Wisconsin.

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin recommended President Donald Trump appoint Fox or Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader to the spot.

They were recommended by a bipartisan Federal Nominating Commission established by the Wisconsin senators to advance federal nominations.

When contacted by the Chronicle, Fox would not comment.

Jackson County District Attorney Gerald Fox is one of two candidates recommended for the vacant U.S. attorney position in the western district of Wisconsin.

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin recommended President Donald Trump appoint Fox or Waushara County District Attorney Scott Blader to the spot.

During their 53-year marriage, Warrens cranberry growers Clinton and Ellen Potter amassed a collection of 1,500 pieces of cranberry glass, continuing to add pieces until Ellen’s death in 2000. Following Clinton’s death last year at age 95, the couples’ three children − Peggy Anderson, Jack Potter and Becky Hayes − began discussing how to disperse their parents’ vast collection.

“We talked about dividing the collection between the family members, selling it through an auction house, donating it to the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia in order to keep the collection together, but ultimately we decided to give Clinton and Ellen’s cranberry glass collection to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center,” said daughter-in-law Lorry Erickson.

The family is keeping some of its favorite pieces, but the majority of the collection is being donated to the Cranberry Discovery Center in downtown Warrens.

Fish were being caught all across the area last weekend.

Nancy Steinhauer of Rosco’s Live Bait in Tomah, said fish were active everywhere, biting best on local cranberry marshes.

“Fishing was awesome everywhere. We got some really big fish that came in,” she said. “We’ve got on the board right now a 10 ¾-inch bluegill, a 14 ½-inch crappie, a 22-inch bass and a 41-inch northern. ... There were some that came in that were under those (lengths), but a lot of people caught fish. You wouldn’t think (they would have) in the wind, but they did. It was a really good weekend.”

For bait, a bit of everything worked, Steinhauer reported, from minnows to worms, to plastics and spinner baits.