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Retired solider to challenge Ron Kind for House seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A retired soldier has announced a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Ron Kind next year. Republican Steve Toft of Osseo announced his candidacy in a news release on Friday. He planned news conferences in Eau Claire and La Crosse later in the day to discuss his plans with reporters. Toft served More >

Man Convicted of Sauk County Bank Robbery

Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Julian Thomas, 41, Madison, Wis., was found guilty today of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during that crime of violence.  The jury reached its verdict after 10 hours of deliberation following two days of testimony in federal court More >

Man Drives into Soybean Field After Feeling Ill

A Westby man driving in Vernon County said he began to feel ill and was forced to drive into a soybean field. Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears said in a release that 58-year-old Daniel Ellefson was traveling eastbound on County Road P in the Town of Coon Wednesday afternoon when he began to feel More >

Marketplace Open Enrollment For 2018 Starts November 1

Starting November 1, you can log in to HealthCare.gov, fill out an application, and enroll in a 2018 Marketplace health plan. You can also call the marketplace help center at:  1-800-318-2596 to speak with an operator who can assist to find out if you qualify for reduced cost insurance plans.  Enroll by December 15, 2017 More >

WIS 33 Resurfacing Work Underway

Resurfacing work has begun on Highway 33 between Hillsboro and Union Center. The highway will remain open to traffic under flagging operations. Motorists are urged to slow down and anticipate stopping for crews working in the area. The project will construct a new asphalt driving surface and replace pavement marking, signs and guard rail. Work More >

Mauston School Board Discusses Teacher Compensation Plan

It was an active night for the Mauston School Board Monday. Members got to hear foreign exchange student from Mongolia play a song on her horsehead fiddle as well as “Out of the Blue, Mauston High School’s new a cappella  group, perform a song. They also heard from Olson Middle School and Lyndon Station Counselor April More >

Lt. Governor Kleefisch Recognizes Rest Area Maintenance Workers, 30-year Anniversary of Rest Area Maintenance Program

During a visit to Rest Area 10 near Mauston Thursday, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized workers associated with the state’s 30-year-old Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program.  Since 1987, the RAM program has provided employment opportunities to workers with disabilities who enhance public safety and the state’s tourism industry by handling maintenance duties at Wisconsin’s More >

Elm Street Railroad Crossing Closes for Repairs

Beginning this afternoon, the Elm Street Railroad Crossing in the City of Mauston will be closed for repairs. According to the City of Mauston, it is anticipated that the crossing will be reopening Saturday.

Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train Schedule Released; Stops in the Area

All aboard! The Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Holiday Train is gearing up for its 19th annual journey from Canada into the United States, and it will be coming through the area again. The Holiday train will pass through Wisconsin Dells (3:00pm-3:30pm), Mauston (4:25pm-4:55pm), Tomah (5:35pm-6:05pm), Sparta (7:00pm-7:30pm), and La Crosse (9:00pm-9:30pm) on Monday, December 4. The More >

No Injuries in Truck vs. Cow Accident

No injuries were reported in a vehicle versus cow accident Wednesday evening in Vernon County. Sheriff John B. Spears said 53-year-old Andrew D. Segel of rural LaFarge was operating a pickup truck eastbound on State Highway 82 in the Town of Stark when he struck a cow in the road. The animal owner was later More >