Sports

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.” […]

Bulaga out for Packers

Bulaga out for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga missed Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a left knee injury. Bulaga was listed as questionable coming into the home opener after being limited in practice this week. The fifth-year veteran was replaced by Derek Sherrod. An injury to the same knee in […]

Local News

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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Experts predict fall color peak in Coulee Region

Experts predict fall color peak in Coulee Region

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin biologists are predicting vibrant fall colors on foliage throughout the Coulee Region. The La Crosse Tribune reports experts say the area has seen plenty of water during the spring and summer months. Tim Gerber, biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, says warm days and cool nights should […]

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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 school report cards released

Wisconsin school report cards released

By: Andrew Beckett-Wisconsin Radio Netwrok All but about two percent of Wisconsin’s 424 public school districts met or exceeded the state’s achievement expectations during the last school year. Annual report cards released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday also show that 88 percent of individual schools met or surpassed their expectations. It’s […]

Another veterans Honor Flight readies for Washington

Another veterans Honor Flight readies for Washington

Wisconsin Radio Network Officials from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight say this weekend’s Guns and Hoses charity softball game in Stevens Point is their biggest one yet. Co-founder Jim Campbell says the softball game has topped all previous fundraisers. “They raised $45,000 which literally fills a 737 with veterans, because we take approximately 90 veterans […]

Wisconsin needs $760 million more for Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program. The new estimate was included in the agency’s budget request submitted to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration made public Tuesday. That budget begins in mid-2015. […]

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A high school teacher is charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student. Investigators say 32-year-old Christopher Wieber pursued a relationship with a girl he had in his biology class last year at Bay Port High School near Green Bay. WLUK-TV says Wieber is charged with sexual assault […]

Walker wants more from Wisconsin assistance recipients

Walker wants more from Wisconsin assistance recipients

By: Bob Hague-Wisconsin Radio Network Governor Scott Walker wants more, from recipients of unemployment assistance and food stamps. In a second term, Walker would require drug testing for those requesting unemployment assistance. At a stop in Wausau on Monday, Walker said that’s what employers want. “They tell us they have basic, entry level jobs, where […]

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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

Crews gain ground on Northern California wildfire

Crews gain ground on Northern California wildfire

WEED, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through a far Northern California town, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. State fire spokeswoman Suzi Brady said Tuesday morning that the fire in the town of Weed near the Oregon border was 20 percent contained. There were no flames […]

Jindal: Obama hasn’t done enough to harness energy

Jindal: Obama hasn’t done enough to harness energy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to do enough to harness the nation’s energy potential. The possible Republican presidential candidate says Obama’s policies have limited oil and natural gas production on federal lands, stalled approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and pushed regulations on power plants. Jindal […]

Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire. The agency stopped mailing the statements to most workers two years ago to save money. Instead, Social Security directed workers to track their future benefits online using a secure website. […]

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) – The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006. This comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its annual study on Tuesday. The 2013 poverty rate was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. There were 45.3 million people living in poverty, a statistically […]

UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season. The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Since last year’s holiday season, UPS has implemented several measures to help prepare for this year’s […]