Thursday, February 22nd


A team of Melrose-Mindoro High School students showed off its finance savvy in a recent quiz bowl-style competition.

Mel-Min was one of six schools to send students to the Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl at the Lunda Center on the Western Technical College campus in La Crosse. It was the first time a competition of this type was hosted in the Coulee Region.

The financial literacy-focused event drew students from six high schools across the region and featured two teams facing off in each round for the chance to advance further in the competition and to state.

Questions were wide-ranging in topics and subject matter, testing money and economics-related topics, including definitions and trends.

“A little knowledge goes a long way, and that’s where this program is really great, because it’s interactive,” said Richard Entenmann, executive director of Asset Builders, a non-profit dedicated to financial literacy that coordinates the event.

A 25-year-old Black River Falls man faces felony charges after allegedly battering a woman at a town of Komensky residence. Vincent R. Vasquez is accused of striking a woman in the face and choking her during a Jan. 25 attack.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, Vasquez and the woman had resumed a relationship, and the woman said they were "testing the waters" by moving in together. She said they were watching a movie together when Vasquez asked her about seeing other men. She said Vasquez became angrier regardless of the answers she gave and then struck her with an open hand, which resulted in the woman "seeing birdies."

The complaint says Vasquez threw her off a bed by lifting the bed frame from under the mattress, causing her to fall on a concrete floor.

A 42-year-old Black River Falls man faces misdemeanor battery charges after allegedly punching a man during an Oct. 22, 2017, argument at Kwik Trip in Black River Falls.

A man told police that Jose Enrique Ortiz punched him in the face and rendered him unconscious in the parking lot of the convenience store shortly after 2:30 a.m. Surveillance video from Kwik Trip shows Ortiz punching the man and sending him to the ground, according to the complaint. The man suffered a swollen and cut lip and laceration to the back of his head. He was transported to the emergency room of Black River Falls Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for head injuries.

A witness said the fight started after the man uttered derogatory remarks about Ortiz's ethnicity.

A 60-year-old Osseo man has been charged in Jackson County Circuit with dangerous use of a weapon after a gun went off at a town of Garfield residence Oct. 28, 2017.

According to the criminal complaint, Gary A. Myhre pulled a .22 caliber revolver from his pocket and pointed it toward a man at a Kay Road residence. The man said Myhre pointed the weapon "right between my eyes" before another person pushed Myhre's hand away, which caused the gun to discharge a single round. The complaint says the man had come to the residence to pick up his young daughter.

After the man filed a complaint, police placed a telephone call to Myhre, who reportedly answered the phone by saying, "Gary's morgue, you stab 'em, we slab 'em.

Aldridge Electric, Libertyville, Illinois, failure to maintain post-construction storm water management measures as required by WPDES permit, $1,159.50.

Steven Charles Andrews, Merrillan, non-registration, $175.30.

Jeremy D. Ankney, Muskego, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Jonathon Michael Arnaud, Black River Falls, disorderly conduct with motor vehicle, $200.50.

Brian R. Baumann, Osseo, non-registration, $175.30.

Shiann Ashanta Whitney Beard, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, operating after revocation, $200.50.

Andrea Elizabeth Beaver, Bloomington, Indiana, speeding 11-15 mph over, $200.50.

Jason Robert Benedict, Paintsville, Kentucky, speeding 16-19 mph over, $250.90.

Jonathon Andrew Berger, Fairchild, disorderly conduct, $263.50.

Martika L. Bertrang, Fairchild, operating after revocation, $200.50.

Zachary Paul Betts, Black River Falls, disorderly conduct, 263.50.

Penny L. Blank, Holmen, speeding 16-19 mph over, $200.50.