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A La Crosse County judge has temporarily halted work on a 7-mile stretch of a controversial high-voltage power line between the La Crosse and Madison areas while denying a local community’s effort to stop the line entirely.

The La Crosse County town of Holland asked the court to overturn the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s approval of the Badger-Coulee transmission line, arguing that the panel responsible for protecting utility consumers erred when it authorized a consortium of utility companies to build the nearly $580 million project.

A joint venture of American Transmission Co. and several regional utility companies, including La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative, the 180-mile line will run between the Madison suburbs and Holmen, where it will connect to another high-voltage line, CapX2020, that runs across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Recent heavy rains have set farmers back weeks on their planting, with many just beginning planting this last weekend.

On average, Jackson County sees about 2.95 inches of rain in the month of April, but this year the county had 4.87 inches of rain according to data from the National Weather Service.

James Giese, a grain and cattle farmer in Alma Center, said he is usually done planting corn around May 3, but this year he did not get started until May 5 because of all the standing water on the fields.

Part of the issue has been the amount of rain, but the type of soil in the county plays a factor in the conditions as well.

The Blair-Taylor and Lincoln baseball teams would face off Tuesday, May 2 in Dairyland Conference play.

The Hornets would jump out to an early lead in the first inning, bringing four runs across the plate. Mitchell Olson would hold the Wildcats scoreless after the first inning. The second inning would be much the same as the Hornets would score six runs and allow none from the Wildcats.

In the third inning, the Hornets would tack on two insurance runs. In the bottom of the third inning and facing a quick five-inning game, the Wildcats bats would come alive as they would bring in five runs.

The Wildcats would then hold the Hornets scoreless in the top of the fourth inning and bring in a run of their own in the bottom.

Ever since Veronica Delphey witnessed her sister, Shannon, win first attendant and miss congeniality at the local Spanferkel Festival in Mindoro last year, all she wanted was to win a crown.

However, Veronica was born with Down syndrome and has developmental and cognitive delays. So, when her parents learned that she had made it on the Melrose-Mindoro prom court, they were excited that their daughter would get a chance to live out her dream.

“They knew Veronica wanted a crown. They just knew that so when she got voted onto court, the class made the decision to give all of the girls on the court little crowns so that she would get one whether she won or not,” said Cindy Delphey, Veronica’s mother.

The world we live in today revolves around labels. Republican or democrat. Married or divorced. Fat or skinny. Nerd or jock. Black or white. The list goes on…

I don’t know where we get these labels from. It is almost like it is ingrained in us from an early age. I remember having labels thrust upon me before I even went into middle school.

I’ll admit it, I was a strange boy growing up. I was in choir, band, forensics, quiz bowl, etc. and never really liked the “manly” things like hunting and working on cars. I got labeled several times while young.

The sad part is I labeled others too. I wouldn’t hang out with people because I was afraid of their “label”.