Sports

Viroqua loses in tale of two halves

Viroqua loses in tale of two halves

By: Nathan Randall In their final non-conference game Viroqua took to their home field for the fist time of the season. The Blackhawks (0-3) were taking on another team known as the Blackhawks from River Valley High School in Spring Green. Those Blackhawks came in at 2 and 1 after winning 2 in a row […]

Friday Night Football scores

Friday Night Football scores

Viroqua vs River Valley-River Valley 40-13 Brookwood at Cashton-Cashton 40-8 Bangor at New Lisbon-Bangor 24-6 Royall at Wonewoc Center-Wonewoc Center 38-12 Necedah at Hillsboro-Necedah 31-6 Logan at Aquinas-Logan 36-0 Central at Sparta-Sparta 20-6 Holmen at Tomah-Holmen 60-14 West Salem at Onalaska-West Salem 20-14 Darlington at Fennimore-Darlington 40-6 Riverdale at Southwestern-Riverdale 43-13 Mineral Point at Boscobel-Mineral […]

Packers’ Lacy back at practice after concussion

Packers’ Lacy back at practice after concussion

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers running back Eddie Lacy has returned to practice a week after suffering a concussion during the season opener at Seattle. Lacy was a full participant at practice Thursday. Green Bay is preparing for its home opener Sunday against the New York Jets. Lacy was held to 34 yards on […]

Packers look to shore up run defense against Jets

Packers look to shore up run defense against Jets

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Julius Peppers and the Green Bay Packers are hoping to get better at stopping the run. The defense allowed 207 yards rushing last week to Seattle. The New York Jets come to Lambeau Field on Sunday for Green Bay’s home opener after running for 212 yards against Oakland. A big […]

Marlins’ Stanton hit in face in loss to Brewers

Marlins’ Stanton hit in face in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hit under the left eye by a fastball and bleeding from the face as he was taken off the field in an ambulance Thursday night in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Marlins said the major league RBI leader was being treated at a […]

Local News

Audio – Home and fish market destroyed in explosion and fire near Genoa

Audio – Home and fish market destroyed in explosion and fire near Genoa

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears talks about an explosion that destroyed a home and business on State Highway 35 just north of Genoa on Friday morning.     Genoa, Wis. – According the Vernon County Sheriff John Spears a home and business were destroyed by an explosion and a fire around 6 a.m. Friday. Spears […]

Southwest Technical College names learning center after former president

Southwest Technical College names learning center after former president

Fennimore, Wis. –  Southwest Wisconsin Technical College announced the naming of the new Karen R. Knox Learning Center during a dedication ceremony honoring the College’s past president on Wednesday, September 10. Dr. Knox served as the President of  Southwest Tech from 1999-2011. Prior to her presidency, she held positions as a Business Machines Instructor and then […]

La Crosse man arrested in Massachusetts shooting

La Crosse man arrested in Massachusetts shooting

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) – The two people who were shot Wednesday night in a Danvers hotel are expected to survive, police said. A suspect is in custody. Jonathan R. Alequin, 27, of La Crosse, Wis., is scheduled to be arraigned in Salem District Court on today on unspecified charges, police said in a statement. Alequin […]

Former Iowa city manager pulls gun over taxes and dies after scuffle

Former Iowa city manager pulls gun over taxes and dies after scuffle

Maquoketa, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man who was killed during a public meeting shot at a county official despite numerous pleas from a group to put the gun down, a witness said Wednesday. Francis Glaser pulled a small handgun from a briefcase Tuesday as a group prepared to leave a recently adjourned county supervisors […]

White Nose Syndrome found in Grant County bat population

White Nose Syndrome found in Grant County bat population

MADISON, Wis. (AP)  Wisconsin wildlife officials say a deadly bat disease hasn’t spread beyond a single Grant County mine. The Department of Natural Resources found signs of white-nose syndrome in the mine during surveys of 135 mines and caves between January and March. Test results released in April showed 2 percent of bats in the […]

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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

Wisconsin governor approves new voter ID process

Wisconsin governor approves new voter ID process

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has approved new rules establishing a free process for verifying birth information for people looking for state identification cards to vote but lack birth certificates. Walker approved the rules Friday, the same day state attorneys tried to convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reinstate […]

Update: Appeals court to decide on Wisconsin voter ID law

CHICAGO (AP) – Three Republican-appointed federal judges in Chicago have heard arguments about Wisconsin’s voter ID law and whether it should be reinstated for the November election. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel sounded skeptical at times Friday about depictions of the law as discriminatory. But judges often play devil’s advocate, so it’s […]

Bow deer hunt begins Saturday

Bow deer hunt begins Saturday

Wisconsin Radio Network The archery season will be a unique deer hunting season with a set of new regulations in place, and buck-only hunts in most northern counties. Deer hunters may face some adjustments when they head out into the woods this weekend. State Department of Natural Resources Warden Supervisor Dave Walz says a variety of […]

Closing loophole that favors deadbeat parents

Closing loophole that favors deadbeat parents

Wisconsin Radio Network A proposal in Congress would help fix a federal law that currently allows deadbeat parents to avoid paying child support. Congressman Sean Duffy says the Fair Credit Reporting Act has an unintended consequence that makes it harder for the courts and children by letting the paying parent off too easy. Duffy says […]

Republican appointees to hear voter ID case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The three federal appellate judges who will decide whether Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law is valid are all Republican appointees. Civil rights advocates are challenging the GOP-authored law. A federal district judge in Milwaukee has already struck it down but Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the 7th Circuit […]

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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

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will be in Atlanta on Tuesday. He’ll be briefed about the outbreak and discuss the U.S. response with officials. Earnest […]

5 slain children remembered at memorial

AMORY, Miss. (AP) – The program being given out at a memorial in Mississippi for five slain children has a smiling photo of each one and describes what they loved to do. The memorial is being held at Amory Christ Church on Friday. Authorities say the children’s father, Timothy Ray Jones Jr., killed them and […]

2 dead, others hurt after Detroit vigil shooting

DETROIT (AP) – Police say two people are dead and several others wounded after a vigil on Detroit’s west side and a vehicle crash afterward. Authorities told reporters at the scene the shooting took place following a vigil Thursday night and eight people were shot, including one who died. Residents said the vigil was for […]

Lawyer: Dad tied to kids death had mental issues

Lawyer: Dad tied to kids death had mental issues

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – Lawyers for the man who police say killed his five children has been treated for mental health issues in the past, and he has waived his first court appearance in South Carolina. Attorney Aimee Zmroczek wouldn’t elaborate on the mental health problems of 32-year-old Timothy Ray Jones Jr. She says lawyers […]

US retail sales rise in August on auto sales

US retail sales rise in August on auto sales

WASHINGTON (AP) – Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that steady job growth in recent months is leading to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department says seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 percent compared with the prior month. Sales are up 5 percent in the past 12 months. July […]