Friday, October 20th


By Robert Preidt

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study.

Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors.

Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the production of stomach acid.

But this new study found that use of the drugs was not associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's, even among those who took a higher dose or used the drugs for more than three years.

The findings are from an analysis of data from Finland on nearly 71,000 Alzheimer's disease patients and nearly 283,000 people without the disease.

The study shows people need not avoid the drugs due to fears about developing Alzheimer's, said the University of Eastern Finland researchers led by Heidi Taipale, a postdoctoral researcher.

MADISON (AP) — A retired soldier has announced a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Ron Kind next year.

Republican Steve Toft of Osseo announced his candidacy in a news release on Friday. He planned news conferences in Eau Claire and La Crosse later in the day to discuss his plans with reporters.

Toft served 32 years in the U.S. Army. He retired last year.

Kind, a La Crosse Democrat, has represented western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District since 1997. A voicemail left at Kind's campaign headquarters on Friday wasn't immediately returned.

MADISON (AP) — A retired soldier has announced a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Ron Kind next year.

As you walk into Jerry Linsmeyer’s spare bedroom in his house, you will be transported back in time to an era where lumberjacks ruled the forests and horses were still poised with providing the muscle.

Linsmeyer has been replicating lumber camp buildings, sleighs and harnesses to one-twelfth scale since 1999, using first-hand experience and history books to guide his hobby.

“I was raised in that era. I stayed in a logging camp out of Butternut, it was probably the last logging camp that was running. It was an old-style logging camp, just an outhouse, a cook shack and little cabins where the men stayed in. I stayed there in 1958,” Linsmeyer said.

Linsmeyer’s father also was a lumberjack and sold the last load of lumber off of their farm in 1948.

The Alma Center Village Board approved during their Oct. 9 meeting to pay Nelson Plumbing and Electric $25,367 to put in a test well near the site of a proposed second well the village intends to install next year.

The test well will be used to test the water at the site and make sure it is free of water issues. The village has been working with Davy Engineering to add an additional well to the village since the village only has one well that was constructed in 1907. The village is hoping to qualify for a grant that could pay for 60 percent of the new well and provide a low interest loan for the remaining balance.

“We are anticipating that you should be up high enough on the priority list to get the loan forgiveness.

Hunting is a sport full of passionate people who sometimes wait years for their first successful hunt, but it usually doesn’t take decades.

For Mike Schoff it took 51 years and a trip to Jackson County in late September for him to bag his first buck and he said it was quite the rush.

“I could feel my heart really pounding,” Schoff said. “When I first saw the deer it was probably 10 seconds or so, but it felt like a minute.”

Schoff is a resident of Anoka, Minn., but his son, Michael Shepard, is a teacher in Black River Falls and owns property in Jackson County.

Shepard said his dad had thought about giving up sometimes, but they convinced him to keep trying with a crossbow.

The Hixton Village Board addressed IST Logistics (Illini State) Monday during their meeting citing speed limit and safety as their biggest concerns after making previous threats to enforce a zoning ordinance to end the IST Logistics truck terminal in the village of Hixton.

The members of the board have been trying to get representatives from IST Logistics to attend one of their meetings since April in an effort to fix issues the village has been experiencing with IST Logistics trucks traveling on Sechlerville Road.

The board members eventually took action during a Sept. 18 meeting when they decided to rescind a memorandum of understanding signed March 30, 2016 between the village of Hixton and IST Logistics. The memorandum of understanding stated that as long as IST Logistics turned left out of their parking lot onto Sechlerville Road towards the town of Hixton, the village would forgo taking legal action on the zoning issue.