Sports

Packers sign GM Ted Thompson to extension

Packers sign GM Ted Thompson to extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Packers have signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension. The deal was announced after practice Wednesday. The team did not release terms, and Thompson declined to say the length of the new deal. Thompson is entering his 10th season as the head of football operations. […]

Next up for Packers extension: Maybe Cobb?

Next up for Packers extension: Maybe Cobb?

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Randall Cobb doesn’t know if he’s next on the Green Bay Packers re-signing to-do list. His teammates are assuming that’s the case. One day after fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed a reported four-year, $39 million contract extension, Cobb stood at his locker Sunday following the team’s second training-camp practice […]

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Pack prez hopes Favre returns for game this year

Pack prez hopes Favre returns for game this year

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers painted a rosy forecast to shareholders of the future of the NFL’s only publicly-owned franchise. The team remains a strong contender, while the franchise appears in strong financial health. The wait for season tickets remains long. Players report for training camp Friday. Preseason is usually when […]

Garza rebounds from poor outing, Brewers win 9-1

Garza rebounds from poor outing, Brewers win 9-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Matt Garza allowed two hits over eight innings to rebound from a horrendous outing and Ryan Braun hit one of three homers for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 9-1 victory Thursday night. Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis also connected for the Brewers, who took a 6-0 lead after three innings against Dillon […]

Local News

33 charges filed involving young victims

33 charges filed involving young victims

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) – A Prairie du Chien man is charged in Grant County with 33 counts of sex crimes involving very young children and child pornography. A criminal complaint says 32-year-old Aaron Bouzek told investigators he sexually assaulted a 2-year-old child beginning in 2007 until last April. Bouzek is also charged with assaulting a […]

Grant County Sheriff warns of new cell phone scam

Grant County Sheriff warns of new cell phone scam

On July 29, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of an obscene phone call received on a cell phone. The suspect had a foreign accent and the only number to show up on caller ID was 178. The unknown male caller was still on the line with the complainant when the deputy arrived […]

Organic Valley adding producers from former Maine cooperative

Organic Valley adding producers from former Maine cooperative

La Farge, Wis.— (AP) Organic Valley announced this week it is expanding its Maine supply network and picking up half of the former MOO Milk organic dairy farms as suppliers. Organic Valley official Steve Getz said an expansion into Aroostook County includes HB Farms in Woodland and Chase’s Organic Dairy in Mapleton, two partners in […]

Audio report on Viroqua City Council meeting on possible demolition of the outdoor pool.

Audio report on Viroqua City Council meeting on possible demolition of the outdoor pool.

Audio report from News Director Tim Hundt on Tuesday’s City Council meeting on possible demolition of the Viroqua outdoor pool.       7-29-14 The City Council has the possible demolition of the old outdoor pool back on its agenda for tonight’s city council meeting. The pool has been closed for about 10 years and […]

Latest Vernon County road closures

Latest Vernon County road closures

Last Updated July 31 at 8  am Road Name Town/City Problem Notes COUNTY ROAD D STARK ROAD CLOSED BRIDGE REPLACEMENT – CLOSED FROM HIGHWAY 82 SOUTH TO THOMPSON RD FOR 7 WEEKS. PLUM RUN RD STARK ROAD CLOSED CONSTRUCTION UNTIL ABOUT 7/25/14 THERE WILL BE A LANE FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES BISHOP RD STERLING ROAD CLOSED […]


Obituaries

Gordon Nundahl

Gordon Nundahl, age 87 of Boscobel, formerly of Readstown passed away on Monday, July 28th Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 1st at 1pm at the Kickapoo United Lutheran Church at Folsom. Friends may call at the Sime Funeral Home on Thursday, July 31st from 5 to 7pm, and at the church on […]

Jean Peterson

Jean Peterson, age 86 of Richland Center passed away on Tuesday, July 29th Funeral Services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, August 2nd at the Viola United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at 12pm until time of services at the church on Saturday.

James E. Daines

James E. Daines, age 93 of La Farge passed away on Sunday, July 27th Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, August 5th at Bethany Lutheran Church at Sandhill. Friends may call from 4 to 7pm on Monday, August 4th at the Seland Huston Funeral Home in La Farge, and again on Tuesday […]

Donna M. Hough

Donna Marie Hough, age 50 formerly of Viroqua passed away Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, August 1st at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1pm on Friday

Melvin B. Thorgerson

Melvin Bernard Thorgerson, age 86 of Viroqua passed away on Friday, July 25 Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, July 30th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Friends may call on Tuesday, July 29th from 5 to 7pm at the funeral home.

State

Court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

Court upholds Wisconsin domestic partner registry

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a 2009 law creating a domestic partner registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples. Thursday’s ruling keeps the registry active but is likely to be overshadowed by a pending gay marriage case. A federal judge declared Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional […]

Wisconsin alert system to start for missing adults

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A new Wisconsin system will send alerts when an at-risk adult has gone missing. The Silver Alert program starts Friday and will operate similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system for missing children. It will use the state’s pre-existing Crime Alert Network to quickly get out information about missing adults who may […]

Supreme Court to rule on domestic partners case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to rule on whether a 2009 law creating a domestic registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples is constitutional. The court was to issue its decision Thursday. It comes even as a challenge to the constitutional ban on same-sex marriages continues in federal court. A […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Thursday’s rulings have no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and […]

Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case

Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures. The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against […]

Agriculture

U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

By: Bob Meyer U.S. milk production in June totaled 17.2 billion pounds up 1.9 percent from June of last year.  Production per cow averaged 1,863 and the dairy herd had 9.27 million cows.  Cow numbers not available for June of 2013 due to budget cuts. Production in the 23 major dairy states up 2 percent […]

Wisconsin moves to buy 70 miles of railroad

Wisconsin moves to buy 70 miles of railroad

By: Bob Meyer The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has signed an agreement to purchase 70 miles of rail line between Madison to Reedsburg and Madison to Cottage Grove.  The lines include the bridge over Lake Wisconsin at Merrimac.  The lines serve 23 customers including United Coop, Landmark Ag, Seneca Foods, R.R. Donnelly, Greede Foundries, and […]

Scientists stress diversity in weed management

By: Keith Anderson Efforts continue nationwide to educate producers about herbicide resistance and weed management. At a weed management field day near Lincoln, Nebraska, we discussed the challenges with Extension weed scientists Vince Davis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lowell Sandell from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AUDIO: Vince Davis and Lowell Sandell (3:00 MP3) © […]

A little cool but crops look great in Wisconsin

A little cool but crops look great in Wisconsin

By: Bob Meyer Intermittent showers made hay-making a bit of challenge in Wisconsin last week yet topsoil moisture declined a little. The National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday, 25 percent is surplus compared to 30 percent a week ago.  Reporters across the state say second-crop alfalfa looks great with 44 […]

Dairy demand remains strong

By: Bob Meyer Cash cheese, butter and Class III prices continued to move higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  Barrels closed at $1.9975 and blocks went back over the $2 mark at $2.005 per pound. Cheese was slipping a bit last week until  word got out that milk supplies had tightened after the […]

National News

Senate to vote on VA bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is racing to wrap up legislation to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department ahead of lawmakers’ five-week summer break. A Senate vote today would help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the VA.

Judge rejects suit by Pa. teacher fired over blog

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago over a blog in which she called students “disengaged, lazy whiners.” Teacher Natalie Munroe had accused the Central Bucks School District and some administrators of violating her free-speech rights by “harassing and retaliating against her” […]

Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – Officials at Yosemite National Park say a wildfire grew by about a half-mile Wednesday, but firefighters were able to quickly stop it. The California blaze is still about 10 miles from Yosemite’s giant sequoias, which grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live longer […]

US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The prior week’s was revised down to 279,000 claims, the lowest since May 2000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election. The court upheld the law 5-2 Thursday under a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee […]