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2020 Modified Elroy Fair Junior Judging Event Winners

With caution and precautions to keep participants safe from COVID-19, the Elroy Fair held a modified event which involved youth exhibitors only at their junior judging event in June.  The Elroy Fair is a district fair, not a county fair. After canceling the fair to the public in May, two weeks passed before the decision to hold a junior judging event only was made.  Through communication with the health department, the city, and a compilation and sharing of a document which outlined all guidelines and procedures that would be followed when gathering for judging, planning went forward and a successful event was realized. Here is the list of champions and department winners for the COVID edition of the Elroy Fair.  A complete list of results can be found online at www.ElroyFair.com


During this present time of civil unrest, racial divide, economic uncertainty, and during a pandemic scare; FaithWorks Ministries, a Christian Non-Denominational Church will be hosting their first July Jubilee “Community Unity” event on July 19th, 2020 from 10 AM-2 PM at Ochsner Park.

Single Vehicle Accident Vernon County

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single-vehicle crash occurred Wednesday morning, July 8, 2020, at approximately 5:45 AM in the town of Viroqua. Youssef El Massoudi, age 37, of Viroqua, WI was operating a compact car eastbound on State Highway 56, just east of the city of Viroqua when he lost control while negotiating a curve to the left. The vehicle slid across the roadway narrowly missing two oncoming motorists. The vehicle went off the left side of the roadway, travelled up and embankment, and overturned. The operator sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.
The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Community Survey Results Show Community Supports Addressing District Facility Needs, New Elementary School

The School District of Mauston Board of Education learned the results of the recent community survey during a presentation by School Perceptions, LLC, the firm that conducted the survey. The survey asked the community to weigh in on a variety of facility maintenance projects, the possibility of building a new elementary school, and the future of Lyndon Station Elementary School.

Cancelled Amber Alert

 Law enforcement confirmed Tuesday afternoon that they had found the body of a missing Baraboo girl.

Monroe County Crash

On July 6, 2020 at 8:54 AM the Monroe County Communications Center received a call reporting a two vehicle crash on CTH EW at Atwood Avenue, rural Warrens.  The caller reported that the crash involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle. 


The Kendall Community Club faced the same COVID-19 issues that forced many other festivals to cancel their annual event. Kendall Fest, which was scheduled for Labor Day Weekend – Sept. 4th – 6th in Kendall was canceled after a vote by Club members.

UTV rollover

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears and the Wisconsin DNR report a UTV rollover which occurred on Thursday July 2nd at approximately 10:30p.m. The accident occurred on Clinton Ridge Rd just north of Peaceful Valley Rd in the Town of Clinton. A UTV being operated by Kristopher Hanson was traveling southbound on Clinton Ridge Rd when he lost control on a corner. Hanson and his passenger Megan Anderson were both thrown from the UTV. Both sustained injuries and were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be treated.  Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.         

FDA warns of toxic hand sanitizer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of a recent increase in hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol but instead have methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested.

Juneau County Covid 19 Outbreak

CORRECTION: Please see the notification from the Juneau County Department of Human Services regarding an active outbreak of COVID-19.

This outbreak did not warrant a public health notification as our Public Health Nursing staff were able identify all close contacts through our disease investigation. As the investigation proceeds, circumstances may change and our department is dedicated to keeping the public aware of any increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our community.