Sports

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers ended the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Brandon Kintzler got the last out in […]

WIAA Prep Football Rankings

WIAA Prep Football Rankings

(AP) – Here is The Associated Press high school football poll. The poll includes first-place votes in parentheses, season record, total points and last week?s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers. Teams are arranged in three divisions of equal size based on current enrollments Large Division School Record Points Last […]

Jets OC takes blame for timeout that negated TD

Jets OC takes blame for timeout that negated TD

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg takes full blame for the timeout call that negated a tying touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Mornhinweg said Monday that he tried to get coach Rex Ryan’s attention on the sideline on the fourth-and-4 play from the Packers 36 with […]

Rested No. 19 Badgers look to get Gordon going

Rested No. 19 Badgers look to get Gordon going

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin is rested after a bye week and ready to get star tailback Melvin Gordon going again. Gordon was held to 38 yards on 17 carries two weekends ago in the 19th-ranked Badgers’ 37-3 win over Western Illinois after the lower-division school stacked the box. Gordon said Monday that he even […]

NFL: Domestic violence experts added as advisers

NFL: Domestic violence experts added as advisers

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL says three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.” […]

Local News

Monroe County deputy saves 79-year-old woman from submerged car

Monroe County deputy saves 79-year-old woman from submerged car

A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy is being recognized for his actions that likely saved the life of a 79-year-old woman whose vehicle went off the road and was submerged in a pond. According to the Juneau County Sheriff’s office on Monday at 10:42 a.m., they received a call from a frantic female who told them […]

Most school districts in our area make the grade in second year of report cards

Most school districts in our area make the grade in second year of report cards

A majority of Wisconsin schools and school districts meet or exceedexpectations for student achievement, according to the annual report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. DPI says 88.3 percent of schools and 98.1 percent of districts had scores that met expectations or better. The report card evaluates schools and districts on achievement and […]

Sparta wedding disrupted by fight

Sparta wedding disrupted by fight

Sparta police are reporting that on September 6th, at 10:23 pm, officers responded to a fight outside Club 16 involving several members of a wedding party. Officers arrived and saw Joshua M. Bray, 25, of Boscobel, running north across Wisconsin Street. Witnesses stated Bray had been starting problems inside Club 16.  According to witnesses, Bray got […]

Caught in the Net: Cast announced for UW-Richland Theatre fall farce

Caught in the Net: Cast announced for UW-Richland Theatre fall farce

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Pictures from the 2014 Vernon County Fair

Pictures from the 2014 Vernon County Fair

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Obituaries

Betty Lou Thompson

Betty Lou Thompson, age 84  passed away on Friday, September 12th Private family services will be held at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with burial in the Viroqua Cemetery.

Keith L. Mills

Keith LaVerne Mills, age 82 of Viroqua passed away on Wednesday, September 10th Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, September 15th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 5 to 7pm.

Effie E. Peterson

Effie E. Peterson, age 100 of Cashton passed away on Wednesday, September 10th Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 13th at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Norwalk. Family and friends may call from 10am until the time of services at the church.

Harriet C. Hulsether

Harriet C. Hulsether, age 84 of Viroqua passed away on Tuesday, September 9th Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 13th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7pm at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua, and at the church on Saturday from 10am […]

Roger Peterson

Roger Peterson, age 83 of Viroqua passed away on Thursday, September 4th A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm an Monday, September 8th at the Bethel Lutheran Church in rural Viroqua. Visitation will be from 11:30am until the time of service at the church.

State

Federal court stays Wisconsin gay marriage ruling

Federal court stays Wisconsin gay marriage ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal appeals court has stayed a ruling that Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s June ruling that the ban violated gay couples’ equal protection rights. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is trying to […]

Happ, Schimel nearly even in AG race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new poll shows Democrat Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel are about even in the race for attorney general. The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Happ with 39 percent among registered voters, compared with 38 percent for Schimel. Last month, Happ had a 7-point lead over Schimel […]

Walker, Burke race remains close in latest poll

Walker, Burke race remains close in latest poll

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The race for Wisconsin governor remains close with just seven weeks to go. The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are about even among registered and likely voters. Walker and Burke both had 46 percent support among registered voters. The […]

Burke headed to Washington to speak at DNC event

Burke headed to Washington to speak at DNC event

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is headed to Washington, D.C., to speak at a Democratic National Committee event alongside Michelle Obama. Burke is scheduled to speak Thursday at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum. The event is private and not open to press. The only other speakers at Thursday’s welcome reception are […]

Civil rights group files gay marriage lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of gay couples who married in June after a judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the ban was unconstitutional. Hundreds of gay couples married before Crabb put her ruling on hold pending appeals […]

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Agriculture

The evolving robotic milker

The evolving robotic milker

By: Bob Meyer The use of robotic milking machines is gaining popularity in the dairy industry.  Some see the robots as a way to keep their herd small yet not be tied to milking those cows every day.  Others see the robots as a reliable replacement for hard-to-find dependable labor.  There are farms with one […]

Vernon County Farm Bureau to hold annual meeting in La Farge

Members of the Vernon County Farm Bureau will hold their annual meeting on Monday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at the Rockton Tavern in La Farge. All Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this important meeting to help create policy resolutions and vote in elections for county board directors. Also being selected will be the […]

The rains have come to Wisconsin

By: Bob Meyer What a difference a couple of weeks can make.  Two weeks ago, Wisconsin farmers were getting quite concerned about how dry it was getting in the Badger State.  And then it rained…and rained…and rained!  In the last week: Vernon County reporting 3 inches of rain, Portage County had over 4, Buffalo County […]

NCR-SARE grants available

By: Bob Meyer The 2015 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available. Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how […]

USDA Wisconsin Farm Service offering Margin Protection Program for producers

USDA Wisconsin Farm Service offering Margin Protection Program for producers

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 28 2014 — USDA Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Brad Pfaff, announced today that starting Sept. 2, 2014, farmers can enroll in the new dairy Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between […]

National News

Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) – A preliminary study done mostly in mice suggests that artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people. The study authors said they can’t make dietary recommendations but that their results should inspire more research into the topic. Basically, the study suggests that artificial sweeteners alter the makeup of […]

Biden says ‘Shylocks’ was poor choice of words

Biden says ‘Shylocks’ was poor choice of words

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden says he made a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders who took advantage of U.S. troops as “Shylocks.” Biden was speaking Tuesday to a legal aid group when he described how some troops serving overseas were facing foreclosures at home. He used the word […]

School police stock up on free military gear

LOS ANGELES (AP) – School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts across the country have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which has come under scrutiny after a militarized police […]

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar. The Fed says it plans to keep its benchmark rate near zero as long as inflation remains under control, until […]

Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A prosecutor says he’ll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn’t indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him. Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ordered that the […]