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Recent Blood Drive at Mile Bluff Medical Center Helps with Need

Approximately 39,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals across the country every day. To help meet these demands, Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston recently hosted a community blood drive on June 21.  The event was a partnership between the medical center and the Blood Center of Wisconsin – the only supplier of blood More >

Truck Driver Dies in Accident in Vernon County

UPDATE: The driver of the vehicle was Charles S. Weist Jr. age 45 of Fennimore, Wi. Mr. Weist was not wearing a seatbelt. A truck driver is dead after a rollover accident in Vernon County Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff John B. Spear said the accident occurred when a Town and Country Sanitation truck was travelling east on More >

Two Receive Minor Injures in Single Vehicle Accident in Vernon County

There was a single vehicle accident in Vernon County Monday evening. Sheriff John B. Spears said a 17-year-old driver of Westby and his 17-year-old passenger were westbound on Dodson Hollow Road in the Town of Coon. The driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve and crossed the centerline. The vehicle went down More >

New Lisbon School Board Presented with Financial Forecast for the District, Possible Referendum

The New Lisbon School Board discussed its financial forecast at its monthly meeting on Monday night. The financial forecast was through the 2020-2021 school year. Superintendent Dennis Birr said he brought the information to the board to start thinking about if the district will need to go to a possible referendum.  According to information given More >

Mauston Chamber of Commerce Receives $33,000 Tourism Grant

MAUSTON, Wis. (July 12, 2016) – The Mauston Chamber of Commerce is inviting visitors on a scavenger hunt to “find” Aldo Leopold around various sites in Greater Mauston with help from a $33,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The “Where’s Aldo” campaign aims to promote the area’s outdoor reactional More >

Local School Districts Receive Transportation Aid

Several local schools are among the 128 districts statewide that will receive funding this year under the high cost transportation categorical aid. According to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), districts are eligible for the aid if their transportation costs exceed 150 percent of the statewide average. State Superintendent Tony Evers said the High Cost More >

Incident of Theft in the Town of Summit

There was an incident of theft in the Town of Summit. Officials say that sometime between July 4 and July 6, an unknown person broke into a small wooden shed located on a property on County Road G. The unknown person then took two chainsaws. The victim said he saw the padlock clasp on the More >

Name Released in Sunday Three County High-Speed Chase

One person is in custody after a three-county, high-speed chase Sunday afternoon. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said 50-year-old Mark Allen Smith of LaCrosse was suicidal when he led police on a chase that went through La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties. A Vernon County deputy  had attempted to deploy his spike strips, just south More >

Hillsboro School Board Approves ATV/UTV Route

The Hillsboro School Board approved an ATV/UTV route on Monday. Superintendent Curt Bisarek said the board approved the requested ATV/UTV route through the east side of the high school parking lot. The route will be open from July 15 through August 15 of this year and ridership rules will follow the guidelines established by the More >

Tomah Memorial Hospital Named Among Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know

A leading health care publication has listed Tomah Memorial Hospital as one of the top 50 critical access hospitals to know in the country. It is the second year that Becker’s Hospital Review has published its “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” list. Tomah Memorial CEO Phil Stuart said it’s a great honor to pick More >