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Brown County’s Lambeau sales tax to end by September

Brown County’s Lambeau sales tax to end by September

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Shoppers in Brown County will soon have a little extra cash in their wallets. The Green Bay-Brown County Professional Football District Board says the half-percent sales tax imposed nearly 15 years ago for Lambeau Field bonds and maintenance is coming to an early end. Unlike the Miller Park tax which […]

Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in own backyard

Big Ten shines bright with Final Four in own backyard

MILWAUKEE (AP) – It has been a very good year so far for the Big Ten. First Ohio State won the first college football playoff in January. Now the league has Wisconsin and Michigan State advancing to a Final Four, which is hosted in the middle of Big Ten country in Indianapolis. The Big Ten’s […]

Packers re-sign defensive linemen Letroy Guion, B.J. Raji

Packers re-sign defensive linemen Letroy Guion, B.J. Raji

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers are bringing back size to their defensive line. The Packers on Tuesday announced they had re-signed defensive tackles Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji. Terms of the deals were not announced. The return of Guion and Raji allows general manager Ted Thompson to presumably focus on inside […]

NCAA Final Four field is set

NCAA Final Four field is set

By: Bill Scott-Wisconsin Radio Network Duke and Michigan State both punched their ticket into the NCAA Final Four semifinals this Saturday after winning their regional title games on Sunday. The Blue Devils knocked off Gonzaga 66-52 to advance to the Final Four for the 16th time and 12th under coach Mike Krzyzewski, matching the all-time record […]

Dekker latest star to emerge during NCAA run for Wisconsin

Dekker latest star to emerge during NCAA run for Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s frontcourt players are turning into stars with stirring performances in the NCAA Tournament. Last year it was Frank Kaminsky; this year, it’s Sam Dekker. The junior had 27 points in the Badgers’ 85-78 victory over Arizona on Saturday to advance to a second straight Final Four. They will play unbeaten Kentucky […]

Local News

Dense fog causes chain reaction crash in Vernon County

Dense fog causes chain reaction crash in Vernon County

The Vernon County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office says dense fog was a factor that caused a couple of accidents in the same spot Tuesday morning in the town of Hamburg just west of Coon Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department Lucas J. Knight, 18, of rural Coon Valley was making a left turn onto US Highway 14 […]

Illinois man arrested for OWI after hitting parked car in Ferryville

Illinois man arrested for OWI after hitting parked car in Ferryville

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office last Friday at approximately 9:00 p.m. they received a report of a one vehicle roll-over in the Village of Ferryville. According the the Sherrif’s Office Kenneth L Atkinson, 47, of Geneseo, Ill was driving south on Main Street in Ferryville when his vehicle struck a legally parked unoccupied […]

Viroqua farmer directs funds to Viroqua Wrestling Club

Viroqua farmer directs funds to Viroqua Wrestling Club

Viroqua, Wis. (March 31, 2015) – Viroqua Wresting Club has received a $2,500 donation from Vernon County farmer Connie Vesbach and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The organization has not yet decided what the funds will be used for. According to the club, some possible ideas include a wrestling recognition board […]

Monroe county authorities investigate Ontario burglary

Monroe county authorities investigate Ontario burglary

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says they are in the process of investigating a residential burglary that recently took place in the Ontario area. Items that were stolen from the residence include: 50” Samsung Plasma TV Series 7000 and a ½ CT Diamond Necklace A Polaris 250 Trailblazer ATV (color:White/Purple) was also removed from the […]

Cattlemen Meeting Announced

The Vernon County Cattlemen Association has scheduled their annual “Build a Better Beef” Meeting for Wednesday, April 15th.  This year’s meeting location will be at the VFW Club in Viroqua. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. with the “Build Your Burger Bar” dinner sponsored in part by Premier Cooperative and Chaseburg Farmers’ Cooperative. The […]

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Obituaries

Rosemary Groves

Rosemary (Frett) Groves age 89 of Soldiers Grove passed away on Tuesday, March 31st Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. at the Soldiers Grove United Methodist Church. Family and friends may call from 9 to 11 on Saturday morning at the church.

Shirley A. Williams

Shirley Ann Williams, age 74 of Viola passed away on Wednesday, March 25th Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 12 noon at the La Farge Free Methodist Church. Friends may call at the church on Saturday after 10 a.m.

Cevil A. Daulton

Cevil A. Daulton, age 93 of Cashton passed away on Tuesday, March 24th Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Viroqua Church of Christ. Family and friends may call at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the services at 11.

Donald L. Cade

Donald Lane Cade, age 85 of Westby passed away on Saturday, March 28th Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2nd at the Viroqua Church of Christ. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, April 1st from 4-7 p.m. at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua.

Harlan J. Kraabel

Harlan J. Kraabel, age 86 of Westby passed away on Tuesday, March 17th Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 23rd at 11 a.m. at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held at the Vossetieg Funeral Home in Westby on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and at the church on Monday […]

State

Starbucks CEO to meet with family of man killed by officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The chief executive of Starbucks is expected to meet with the family of a Milwaukee man killed by a police officer. Representatives of both Starbucks and the family of Dontre Hamilton say Wednesday’s meeting will be private. Hamilton was shot 14 times by Officer Christopher Manney outside a Starbucks in downtown Milwaukee […]

Republicans say prevailing wage measure may be in budget

Republicans say prevailing wage measure may be in budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers who support eliminating requirements that public works contractors be paid a prevailing wage say they may add the measure to Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget. Rep. Rob Hutton, a Brookfield Republican, says Republican leadership in each chamber is discussing whether the bill should go through a public hearing process […]

Pastor resigns after threat from home email address

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – A Lutheran pastor has resigned in La Crosse days after an email threatening rape and laced with expletives was sent from his home account to a Milwaukee blogger. Liberal Milwaukee activist and blogger Claire Van Fossen posted the email on social media. Van Fossen says the threat was one of […]

Walker’s ‘big announcement’ turns out to be Badger backing

Walker’s ‘big announcement’ turns out to be Badger backing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s promise of a “big announcement” on April Fool’s Day turned out to have nothing to do with presidential politics. Walker, widely expected to compete for the GOP presidential nomination, took to Twitter to promise his followers big news at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. At the appointed hour, Walker […]

Bill would sunset CWD deer feeding bans in Wisconsin

Bill would sunset CWD deer feeding bans in Wisconsin

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network A state lawmaker wants to tweak the ability of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ban deer feeding in areas that have positive tests for Chronic Wasting Disease. The bill from state Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) would allow counties with CWD to resume feeding the animals after three […]


Agriculture

Senate passes WOTUS clarifications

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield The U.S. Senate passed a budget bill early Friday morning after a marathon voting session. The packaged passed on a 52 to 46 vote with all Democrats and Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voting against it. The bill includes amendments which state the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules do […]

Cattlemen Meeting Announced

The Vernon County Cattlemen Association has scheduled their annual “Build a Better Beef” Meeting for Wednesday, April 15th.  This year’s meeting location will be at the VFW Club in Viroqua. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. with the “Build Your Burger Bar” dinner sponsored in part by Premier Cooperative and Chaseburg Farmers’ Cooperative. The […]

Vernon County dairy organization offering new scholarships

Vernon County dairy organization offering new scholarships

The Vernon County Dairy Youth Fund Committee announced this week two brand new awards being presented to honor the achievements of youth interested and involved in the dairy project in Vernon County through 4-H, FFA, or dairy breed organizations. For the first time this year, two separate Vernon County Dairy Youth Fund Scholarships will be […]

Mercy For Animals Praises Great Lakes Cheese for Enacting Industry

Birnamwood, WI – Great Lakes Cheese, one of the largest cheese producers in the country, has just announced a significant new animal welfare policy that will improve the lives of thousands of cows across its dairy supply chain each year. The policy follows a shocking undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals at Andrus Dairy in […]

Dairy cow prices decline with milk

Dairy cow prices decline with milk

By: Bob Meyer-Brownfield Lower milk prices have prompted lower dairy cow prices over the last three months. The USDA National Ag Statistics Service says the average dairy cow price in the U.S. as of January 31st was $1,990 down $130 from the end of October. California saw the biggest decline with the average dairy cow […]

National News

Entrance fees rising in some national parks

Entrance fees rising in some national parks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Be prepared to pay a bit more if you’re headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer. The federal government is increasing the price of admission at some public lands and raising the fees charged for camping, boating and other activities after a six-year moratorium. The National Park Service says […]

Clinton: Ark. governor should veto religious liberty bill

Clinton: Ark. governor should veto religious liberty bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton says the governor of Arkansas should veto a bill involving religious objections in her former state. She says it would allow “unfair discrimination” against gays and lesbians. Clinton offered her views on Twitter shortly before Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke to reporters about a bill similar to an Indiana […]

US auto sales tap the brakes in March, but outlook strong

US auto sales tap the brakes in March, but outlook strong

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. auto sales slowed down a bit in March, but the industry remains optimistic about the market. General Motors’ sales fell 2 percent and Ford and Nissan both saw 3 percent declines compared with last March. FCA – the parent of Chrysler and Fiat – says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent, […]

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t intended to allow discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he wants changes to a bill lawmakers sent him prohibiting state […]

Former FBI agent pleads guilty in drug tampering case

Former FBI agent pleads guilty in drug tampering case

WASHINGTON (AP) – An FBI agent accused of abusing heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botching dozens of cases has pleaded guilty in his own case. Matthew Lowry of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, formerly a special agent with the agency’s Washington field office, pleaded guilty to multiple counts Tuesday. His attorney, Robert […]