Harley Est will face trial in connection with a 2015 drug death, a judge ruled Wednesday.

She was first charged in February, but fled and was later arrested by Galesville police in late March.

Est is being held on an $8,000 bond. Her defense tried to have it reduced, but given her history and flight risk the court denied the request.

During her testimony at the preliminary hearing deputy Karie Gillett said Jay Iverson, a current inmate at the Jackson County Jail, had requested to speak with a deputy pertaining to this case.

Iverson said the Est had confided in him in May of last year that she did not shoot Pugh up, but that she had held the needle while Pugh shot himself up.


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Black River Falls

Alderperson District 2

1 of 1 reporting

Last month, Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Dave Ross addressed a group of construction workers and employers like me the day after Gov. Scott Walker’s budget had been released.

The candor with which Ross spoke was frankly refreshing. Although the audience certainly did not agree with the governor’s proposed transportation budget, we respected Ross’ willingness to listen to the concerns of the industry.

What was also welcome was the frankness with which Ross discussed the governor’s proposed repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws. Ross repeatedly told the crowd that construction workers were not overpaid and “were not the problem” and even directly took on state Sen. Duey Stroebel’s fictitious “example” of flaggers in Wisconsin making $100,000 a year.

That’s right, less than 24 hours after the governor rolled out his plan for the state, which involved slashing wages for blue-collar, middle-class construction workers, his WisDOT secretary told an audience representing that very industry that they were not the problem and that construction workers are not overpaid.

What do the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union and the John Birch Society have in common? They all think legislation calling for a federal constitutional convention is a bad idea. A very bad idea.

The last time we had a constitutional convention was a long time ago… in 1787 to be exact. At that time, the entire United Stated Constitution was rewritten.

Some lawmakers are calling for a new constitutional convention. They want the convention to consider a Balanced Budget Amendment. However, there are no guarantees that Congress who calls the convention will limit the call to a Balanced Budget Amendment; or that, once called, the convention will limit itself to a Balanced Budget Amendment. Then what?

As Arnold Palmer said, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated,” and Todd Fendt is the man tasked with leading the BRF golf team through this simple and complicated game.

Fendt was hoping to bounce back from some low numbers last year where he was able to put five or six kids into every match, but this year’s team has some needed depth.

“We had one returning player last year, my son, who brought out the whole hockey team. So, we had a hockey team playing golf,” Fendt said.

The team did make continual improvements as the season went and, maybe more importantly, had a lot of fun while doing it.

To combat lower numbers though, a middle school golf team was started a few years ago to try and get ahead of the curve and that’s finally paying off with four freshman joining the squad.

Track is one of those sports that can get the blood pumping and shake off that winter frost. The Mustangs hope they can come bursting out of the gate to start their season.

Mel-Min had a meet on March 25 so its season has officially started and head coach Tory Lockington says there are a lot of exciting things for the the team.

Lockington says his track team matches up really well with the rest of the conference, one that is known for its tough track squads.

The Mustangs will have a lot of returning members on the boys side of the team and a refreshing influx of young talent on the girls side.

Sam Boone will look to make an impact for his team again this year after making state in the long jump last year.