State News Roundup: Last Sikh shooting survivor taken off of intensive careWisconsin News
-- It was a month ago yesterday when Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek – and the only survivor who’s still hospitalized has been taken out of intensive care.
It was a month ago yesterday when Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek – and the only survivor who’s still hospitalized has been taken out of intensive care. Punjab Singh was taken off the critical list yesterday, and his condition was upgraded to serious. Six worshippers were killed, and four people were wounded during the August fifth massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Last night, the one-month anniversary was marked with a candlelight vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Mourners said they wanted to shine light on the victims’ families.
College students are back at school in La Crosse – and that means volunteers are back to patrol the banks of the Mississippi River. “Operation River Watch” has been in place since 2006. Students from U-W La Crosse, Viterbo, and Western Technical College patrol Riverside Park late at night – and they watch for young drinkers who wander from the nearby bars toward the river. The patrols began after almost a dozen drunk college-age men drowned in La Crosse area rivers during the previous decade. Two students have drowned in the Mississippi since the River Watch began – but both happened outside the places where the students patrol. The volunteers conduct their patrols from 11 at night until three a-m Thursday-through-Saturday nights.
Mount Horeb has the best high school agricultural education program in six Upper Midwest states. That’s according to the National Association of Agricultural Educators, which chose Mount Horeb in western Dane County over hundreds of other schools for its top honor this year. Pam Allen has run the Mount Horeb program for almost two dozen years. It now offers 13 ag-related courses, while giving students a host of real-world opportunities in business, ag-research, and natural resources. Brigitte Neu of the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators says Mount Horeb has always done a lot of great things – but until now, the school never got the recognition it deserved. It was rated the top program among 300 other Wisconsin school ag programs, plus those in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.
It’s not often when somebody dies from a bee sting, but it happened in southeast Wisconsin this week. A relative said 46-year-old Vladimir Novak was sitting in his yard in Mequon on Monday when he was stung by a bee or a wasp and almost immediately fell to the ground. A neighbor, who happened to be a doctor, tried but failed to revive Novak. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later. Novak’s mother-in-law, Mary Anne Balmer of Mequon, said he was a healthy man who was stung before without getting severe reactions. Ozaukee County Coroner John Holicek said Novak died from an anaphylactic shock, a possible reaction to a bug sting. He said it was only the second such death in Ozaukee County in his 23 years as coroner. The U-S Centers for Disease Control say almost 100 Americans die from insect stings each year. State health officials have not said how many Wisconsinites die in that manner. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said its archives showed only three bug-sting deaths since 1995 in Wisconsin. They were in Kenosha, Fond du Lac, and Waukesha counties.