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A Tomah man, who is a former pastor of the Church of God Prophecy in Necedah and now a truck driver, was in Monroe County Court this morning, facing charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child and child enticement. 64 year old Michael Delaney is accused of targeting the same victim over an extended period of time in Monroe County and throughout the country while he was a pastor and trucker. Tomah police say the year long investigation heated up in December when the now 17 year old victim's parents came to police to report the abuse. The victim was 13 and 14 when the assaults occurred and they allegedly happened for several years. Delaney pleaded guilty back in 1983 to two counts of sexual abuse while a pastor in Arizona. He'll be back in court on February 27th. He's out of jail on a $7500 signature bond.
Bruce Evers says he hasn't quite made up his mind yet. But the Holmen businessman is close to deciding on making another run for congress as a republican in Wisconsin's third congressional district. Two years ago, he came in a distant second to Dan Kapanke in a primary for the seat. Not tremendously surprising
Evers would join former Fort McCoy garrision commander Ray Boland as republicans in the race to take on democrat Ron Kind.
Big changes could be coming to municipal court in the region. The city of La Crosse is poised to study combining its municipal court with Onalaska's. An idea that's actually come up in the past several months. Onalaska judge John Brinckman says, when he was first approached about the idea, he was less than impressed with the concept
Among the changes that would likely come with a combined court is going from two judges to one, and moving all cases to a single courtroom in one of the cities.
An SUV fell partially through the ice on Lake Onalaska Saturday afternoon during a fishing derby near Red Pines.
The vehicle went in the water about three feet and the driver got out safely.
(AP) Two Republicans seeking the White House are bringing their campaigns to Minnesota this weekend. Texas Rep. Ron Paul settles in Saturday for three appearances. The congressman popular among libertarian-minded Republicans is holding town halls and rallies in Rochester, Chanhassen and Arden Hills. He heads home Sunday but will return a day later for events in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum drops in Sunday for a morning-until-night slate of events. His schedule includes a swing north to Bemidji to tour the clothing manufacturer behind his signature sweater vests. Other stops include a church appearance in Eden Prairie and a Super Bowl party in Lake Waconia. Local backers of contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich anticipate their candidates will also work in Minnesota stops before Tuesday's caucuses.