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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 […]

Badgers rally to beat UNC, advance to Elite for second straight year

Badgers rally to beat UNC, advance to Elite for second straight year

By: Bill Scott-Wisconsin Radio Network It required a second half rally, contributions from a two unexpected bench players, and a career night for a rising star to push the Wisconsin Badgers past North Carolina, 79-72, and into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 for a second consecutive year. Junior Sam Dekker scored a career-best 23 points […]

Packers will enter NFL Draft with nine selections

Packers will enter NFL Draft with nine selections

By: Bill Scott-Wisconsin Radio Network It is no secret that Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson takes pride in collecting draft picks. More than a month out from the April 30-May 2 NFL Draft in Chicago, the Packers have been awarded two additional compensatory picks. The sixth-round selections, Nos. 210 and 212, are a […]

No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina won’t sneak up on Bo’s Badgers

No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina won’t sneak up on Bo’s Badgers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Considering the scare Coastal Carolina gave Virginia last year, Wisconsin fans can be assured the Badgers are giving their opening opponent in the NCAA Tournament their full attention. The Chanticleers are back as a No. 16 seed, and they will be taking aim at the West Region’s top-seeded Badgers on Friday. […]

Local News

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 […]

Joint field hearing Monday on Tomah VA Medical Center

Joint field hearing Monday on Tomah VA Medical Center

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) – A pair of U.S. House and Senate committees will hold a joint field hearing on allegations of narcotic overprescribing practices and retaliatory behavior at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah. The hearing is scheduled Monday in Tomah. The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny in January following reports that […]

Westby man injured in weekend roll-over crash

Westby man injured in weekend roll-over crash

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday, March 30 at approximately 1:45 a.m. on State Highway 27 near County Road X in the Town of Christiana. According to the Sheriff’s Office a vehicle driven by Gabrial L. Gore, age 33 of Westby, WI was northbound on State Highway 27 […]

Kind: Bill could prevent problems like those at Tomah

Kind: Bill could prevent problems like those at Tomah

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he hopes to establish regional pain management boards through the Department of Veterans Affairs to help prevent problems like those that occurred at a Tomah medical center. Kind introduced the bipartisan bill Wednesday saying he hopes the accountability boards would deter overmedicating. The Tomah hospital is […]

Couleecap serves thousands in need in 2014

Couleecap serves thousands in need in 2014

(Westby, WI) 2014 was a year of action for Couleecap! We are pleased to report that in 2014 31,536 people, or 14,797 households, benefitted from the valuable services of Couleecap. Couleecap offers help with housing, food, transportation, and more. Below are just a few of the many ways we were able to assist people in […]

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Obituaries

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 […]

Earl Baker

Earl Baker, age 86 of Gays Mills passed away on Friday, March 6th Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th at the Thorsen Funeral Home in Viroqua. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday after 11 a.m.

Audrey G. Herold

Audrey G. Herold, age 88 of rural Stoddard passed away on Sunday, March 1st Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 4th at the Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10  a.m. until the service time at noon.

Robert D. Mueller

Robert D. Mueller, age 71 of Stoddard passed away on Friday, February 27th A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Stoddard American Legion Hall with military honors at 2:30 by the Stoddard American Legion Post #315 and the U.S. Marines Honor Team.

David Mageland

David Mageland, age 49 of Viroqua passed away on Friday, February 27th Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.  at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua.

State

Condemnation for Governor Scott Walker’s changes to DNR

Condemnation for Governor Scott Walker’s changes to DNR

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network Controversial provisions in Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget could impact the future direction of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Republican governor’s 2015-’17 spending plan would make the seven member Natural Resources Board – which currently has the authority to set DNR policy – a purely advisory body. […]

Wisconsin lawmakers introduce online ridesharing regulations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a bill that would impose statewide regulations on online ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The measure would require companies to apply for a $5,000 state license and carry $1 million in commercial insurance for each driver. Drivers would have to submit findings form a criminal […]

Study: Inflated pay rates on public projects cost $200M

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the state’s mandated inflated pay rates on public projects cost taxpayers more than $200 million in 2014. Gannett Wisconsin Media reports the group looked at the state’s laws on prevailing wages, which set minimums for wages and benefits for workers on big government projects. […]

Daley boosts coffers in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – New campaign finance reports show Wisconsin Supreme Court hopeful James Daley made a major push to boost his cash over the last month. Daley and incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley were expected to file reports with state election officials on Monday showing their fund-raising and expenditures from Feb. 3 through March […]

Suspect in trooper slaying had warrant for domestic assault

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – A man suspected of killing a Wisconsin state trooper in a shootout had been wanted on a Michigan warrant for domestic assault. Steven Timothy Snyder, 38, was sought for an incident that involved his wife on Christmas Day. Michigan State Patrol Sgt. Mark Tamlyn said the charge was a […]


Agriculture

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 […]

Teen seriously injured in Sheboygan Falls farm accident

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) – Officials say a teenager was seriously injured after he got caught in a piece of farm machinery in Sheboygan Falls. According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, the 17-year-old male was working on an auger in a silo late Sunday afternoon when he got caught in the equipment. Department officials […]

National News

Indiana plans language to ‘clarify’ religious objections law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Republican legislative leaders in Indiana say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn’t allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. The move comes amid widespread outcry over the measure that prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his […]

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb to 20-month high

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb to 20-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) – More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.1 percent to 106.9 last month, the highest reading since June 2013. […]

American who caught Ebola improves to fair condition

American who caught Ebola improves to fair condition

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Officials say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone has improved to fair condition at a federal hospital. The National Institutes of Health announced Monday that the patient had been upgraded from serious condition. He was in critical condition earlier. He is being treated at […]

Obama urges Senate to follow Sen. Kennedy’s example

Obama urges Senate to follow Sen. Kennedy’s example

BOSTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says American politicians in an era of partisanship should try to carry themselves more the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. Obama is speaking at the formal dedication of an institute named for Kennedy in Boston. Obama says Kennedy understood the only point of running for office was to get […]

Supreme Court won’t hear pastor’s appeal of abuse conviction

Supreme Court won’t hear pastor’s appeal of abuse conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Wisconsin pastor convicted of conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children. The justices had no comment on their order Monday rejecting Philip Caminiti’s appeal of his 2012 conviction for urging church members to use […]