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The estate of a woman fatally shot by a police officer during a disturbance in a Walmart in Lake Hallie last year is suing the village, the village’s police department, the Northern Center for the Developmentally Disabled along with others.

Melissa M. Abbott, 25, originally from Black River Falls, was killed on Monday, April 8, 2016.

The officer who shot her, Officer Adam Meyers, and the director of the Northern Center, Jacqueline Neurohr, are also named as defendants in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chippewa County Court. Other defendants are Walmart and two unspecified insurance companies.

The lawsuit lists Tina Abbott of Black River Falls as the special administrator of Melissa Abbott’s estate.

The suit seeks unspecified damages, punitive damages, reasonable attorney’s fees and interest.

Mr. Simonson,

Please clarify your recent editorial (Doing your homework on sand mines) for your readers. The last paragraph states you don’t have an opinion on mines, and readers shouldn’t develop opinions either without doing research. Please explain then why you devote the remainder of your article to the supposed benefits of mines. The article was very one-sided for someone who has not yet developed an opinion. The tone I interpreted was that you only wanted anti-mine readers to research the issue.

You are entitled to your opinion, however I would hope your editorials would be more clearly written to convey the intention of the writer. If you truly are undecided on the issue, shouldn’t you provide equal coverage to both pro-mine and anti-mine arguments? If you are in favor of mines, please don't masquerade as an unbiased journalist.

“Obamacare is the law of the land,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the nation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

The much-maligned Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 will stay in place.

Self-employed older Americans and state budget directors breathed a sigh of relief. The Republican plan would have raised rates for older people on Healthcare.gov, shifted taxes away from the well-off, and shifted to states more costs for low-income, disabled and elderly (through Medicaid).

But the problems of the ACA – rising premiums, customers left with little choice and insurance companies leaving the marketplace in some states – still remain.

Why do these problems exist? Is there anything Wisconsin can do to improve things?

Last week I made a bad call. This bad call sandbagged my Monday and didn’t allow me to accomplish much of anything that day. I went home hazy with all of the thoughts from the day swirling in my mind.

There is one thing I have learned, I will forever be cautious the next time I put a picture of election signs on the pages of the Jackson County Chronicle. Boy, did I learn my lesson.

This issue led me to have many calls on Monday with people telling me all sorts of things about who I was and what I believed in, and in some cases who I was being paid by.

Well, I want to stand here and let you know that I and the Jackson County Chronicle do not endorse any candidates that are up for election on April 4, whether they are in the town of Alma or in the state of Wisconsin.

WARRENS—Education and transportation are two major parts of the state budget, and they dominated a Friday listening session conducted by state Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, and state Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, at Warrens Village Hall.

Only four people attended the mid-afternoon session that was devoted to the Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

VanderMeer and Testin, who also held a listening session in Oakdale earlier in the day, were supportive of Walker’s education initiatives but were less enthusiastic about his transportation provisions. Testin described the $76 billion budget as “the governor’s wish list. It will go through the legislative process.”

Testin said decisions made in previous budgets, which Walker calls the “reform dividend,” have allowed for increases in K-12 education and the University of Wisconsin System.