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Silo collapses on County Highway U

Posted September 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Mary Wallerman said she had an uneasy feeling on Tuesday evening, Sept 16, as she watched the silo being filled on her family’s farm on County Highway U between Norwalk and Tomah.

She called a halt to the filling. Two bands on the silo had already broken earlier. Her husband, Carroll, had called a silo repairperson and was reassured that the cement stave silo dating back to 1991 would not collapse. The worst that could happen, the repairperson said, was that a few blocks might blow out.

Wrong. A few hours later, at about 8 p.m., it fell. Wallerman said, “It felt like an earthquake shaking the house, and I heard a couple of small explosions. ”

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    Royall mill rate projected at 11.79

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    By SARAH PARKER | County Line Managing Editor

    The Royall School District mill rate may drop by about 18 percent this year, decreasing from 14.36 to 11.79, business manager Jeff Lankey noted at the school’s annual meeting Monday.

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    Mathy submits revised application for quarry

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    The heated debate among area residents over a proposed quarry will be back on the front burner Tuesday, Oct. 21, when the Wilton Town Board will consider a revised application permit from Milestone Materials/Mathy Construction.

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    Genealogy group meets Oct. 7

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    The Monroe, Juneau, Jackson Genealogy Workshop group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta.  

    This is a change of meeting place. Doors will open 6:30 p.m., the meeting will

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    Norwalk man arrested on domestic violence charges

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Jesse Mannise, 25, of Norwalk was arrested Sept. 12 on charges of domestic violence-related threats after an incident late Sept. 11, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

    Police were dispatched to a Norwalk residence at about 11:30

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    Ontario man accused of violating restraining order

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Roy E. Dobbs, 55, Ontario, is facing violation of a harassment injunction charges after he was accused of making contact with a man in violation of a restraining order.

    According to the report, Dobbs delivered an eviction notice

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    Two men charged with trespassing in Norwalk

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Michael W. Donskey, 55, of Sparta and Leonard J. Cunitz, 34, of Norwalk were charged with trespassing after being accused of entering an apartment in Norwalk without the tenant’s permission.

    According to the police report, Donskey is

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    Ontario hosts Harvest Fest

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    The Ontario Public Library coordinates a community garden, and to mark the end of the season, hosted its Harvest Fest on Saturday. Here, Jacklynn Downing of Ontario takes part in the children’s games, creating a billowing bubble. For

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    Monroe County officer helps woman escape submerged vehicle

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Monroe County Deputy David Sundvall freed a woman from a submerged vehicle Monday morning near the boundary of Monroe and Juneau counties, according to Juneau County police.

    At 10:42 a.m., the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman saying that her vehicle

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    Community supper slated for Sept. 24 in Elroy

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each

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    WIN-WIN to offer scarecrow, pumpkin-carving contests

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Contributed by WIN-WIN

    The WIN-WIN (Wilton Is Networking With Its Neighbors) group is planning a community activity in conjunction with Harvest Fest, a celebration set for Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Let’s decorate our community for this event. Residents

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    Brookwood to put on mock crash Tuesday

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Brookwood seventh- through 12th-grade students will receive a sharp reminder Tuesday about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    That’s when members of county emergency management

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    Brookwood boys place first, girls second at home invitational

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm



    Brookwood cross-country coach

    Our annual Brookwood Luethe-Levy Invitational was a major success Saturday.

    Despite a sloppy muddy course due to Mother Nature the night before, both the boys and girls teams ran exceptionally well. Taylor Schmitz has been running very

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    Brookwood students named athletes of the month

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Four Brookwood High School students were named athletes of the month for August. They are listed below, with coaches’ comments following the names.


    • Calvin Marriott: ”In August, Calvin did a great job of assuming his role as a team captain. He has done a great job on

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    Panthers continue to quietly climb standings

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm


    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    Momentum is growing around the Royall volleyball team, which improved to 4-0 in conference play after sweeping Brookwood at home on Sept. 9 and felling Necedah and Wonewoc-Center at the conference quadrangular Sept. 11, also

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    Wolves romp on Panthers’ playground

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    For the second time this season, the Royall football allowed the team with the state’s longest active losing streak to celebrate.

    The Panthers became prey for the visiting Wonewoc-Center

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    Falcon harriers fare well despite missing key runners

    Posted September 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    The Brookwood cross-country teams are preparing to enter the second half of the regular season, and that preparation includes running against some stronger competition.

    Last week the teams took part in the River Valley invite, a

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    Falcon netters start with sweep of Wolves

    Posted September 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    By NATE BEIER | For the County Line

    The Brookwood volleyball team turned heads in its conference opener, knocking off Wonewoc-Center 3-0 at Brookwood.

    The first set was a landslide victory as the Falcons won 25-12. The

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    Surmounting a hill

    Posted September 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Devan Summerfield overcomes a hill in the second mile of the boys 5K race at Westby on Tuesday afternoon. Results from the meet will be available next week. (Nate Beier photo |

    Have giant football helmet, will travel

    Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Norwalk Village Board President Mike Wiedl has been in the headlines lately as the Wilton and Norwalk boards spar over the fate of the joint police commission. But when Wiedl isn’t lobbying for preserving the commission,

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    Pedal power on a penny farthing

    Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Click here to see Wilton resident Betsy Schindler’s account of the visit.


    Courtesy of the Sparta Herald

    Anyone traveling through Sparta on Friday afternoon could have caught sight of strange figure wearing a British Army pith helmet, sitting astride

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