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Jackson County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers marked its 20th annual golf outing fundraiser and raised a record $8,400 for the organization this year.

The event, held June 16 at Skyline Golf Course, has drawn in more than $119,000 for the local service organization during the past two decades.

“The community support for the event is fantastic. It is always great to see how many of the same golf teams participate year after year, and truly look forward to the event,” said Karen Foust, Interfaith’s program director. “In 20 years, the tournament has never been rained out – close, but we never had to shut down.”

Interfaith, a non-denominational faith-based organization, offers volunteer opportunities to individuals who assist older adults and people with disabilities to improve their quality of life and remain independent through a variety of programs.

Cuella Celia Aldama, 24, South Beloit, Illinois, operating without a valid license (first offense), operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance, unlawful U/Y turn, $385.80.

Devontae Antonio Barbour, 22, Brandy Station, Virginia, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, $653.

Shane W. Burk, 28, Union City, Oklahoma, unsafe cutting in when passing, operating without a valid license (first offense), $432.50.

James Michael Hansen, 18, Humbird, resisting or obstructing an officer, $389.50.

Dennis L. Hopinka Sr., 55, Black River Falls, disorderly conduct, possessing open intoxicants in a vehicle-passenger, $464.

Matthew R. Kusek, 34, Chicago, speeding on a freeway (25-29mph), $301.30, DOT license suspended for 15 days.

Chad P. Stage, 43, Janesville, unlawful U/Y turn, operating while revoked, $438.80.

Marine Corporal Kevin Hanrahan was 22 when he was “hit”.

He was serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan nearly a week after his third anniversary to his wife, when his team got ambushed at their compound. As they left the compound the next morning on a mission to find the attackers, Hanrahan and his team were taking cover next to the compound when he stepped on a pressure plate.

“It hit me and I was out right away. I didn’t really know what happened. At first I thought I had got hit with an RPG because it all just happened very fast,” Hanrahan said. “I didn’t really understand what had happened to me yet, I just remember looking down and seeing a lot of blood.

Marine Corporal Kevin Hanrahan was 22 when he was “hit”.

He was serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan nearly a week after his third anniversary to his wife, when his team got ambushed at their compound. As they left the compound the next morning on a mission to find the attackers, Hanrahan and his team were taking cover next to the compound when he stepped on a pressure plate.

“It hit me and I was out right away. I didn’t really know what happened. At first I thought I had got hit with an RPG because it all just happened very fast,” Hanrahan said. “I didn’t really understand what had happened to me yet, I just remember looking down and seeing a lot of blood.

A Trempealeau County dairy farmer suing Xcel Energy for more than $6 million will try to convince a jury that stray voltage from the utility’s lines harmed his cattle.

Paul Halderson, who with his wife, Lyn, has almost 1,000 cows on his Galesville farm, claims the herd suffered illness and decreased milk production for more than a decade because of improperly grounded power lines.

The Haldersons filed a suit in 2012 against Northern States Power, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. The Haldersons are seeking to recoup damages incurred as long ago as 1993 that would be a record award by a Wisconsin jury in a stray voltage case, according to their attorney, Barry Hammarback.

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Flooding covered Jackson County roads and caused mudslides after Tuesday night’s thunderstorms.

According to Jackson County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristina Page, a culvert was washed out due to flooding on Franklin Road in the town of Franklin. Some county highways and other roads were covered by raised water levels, but Page said most of the roads had reopened by late morning.

“The county is absolutely saturated,” she said. “Any heavy rain we get, the roads flood out pretty rapidly.”

According to the National Weather Service, a cluster of severe thunderstorms dropped heavy rains on parts of northeast Iowa and western Wisconsin. Buena Vista, Iowa reported rainfall of 8¼ inches overnight, and western Wisconsin counties reported receiving as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain in parts of Jackson, Crawford and Monroe counties.

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