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  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ endures

    December 5th, 2019
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    Sometime between the turkey and the pie, I found time over the long weekend to watch “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” I don’t think the 2017 movie made a big splash, although it did garner an impressive number of good reviews.

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    Ontario gets permission to create a new TIF

    November 14th, 2019
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    A bill that passed the Wisconsin Assembly last week is a first step in paving the way for Ontario to develop a second Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, as it would allow the village to place more than the state-mandated limit of 12 percent of the village’s total taxable property in TIF districts.

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    Ontario business owner shows impatience with FEMA

    November 14th, 2019
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    Though Ontario’s flooding disaster happened more than 14 months ago, action from FEMA on mitigating flooded properties is still in limbo.

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    With charges still pending, Ontario police chief on leave

    November 14th, 2019
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    Ontario remains without a police officer, as Police Chief Dave Rynes was placed on administrative leave last month and part-time officer Grover Wooten was taken off the calendar after the two men allegedly lied to Monroe County officers about a minor traffic accident.

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    A courtroom drama in Vernon County

    November 7th, 2019
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    It had plenty of the ingredients of a courtroom drama: a belligerent and annoyed defendant, a plot centered on grass clippings ...

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  • East Town exonerated on fish kill, but dairy’s troubles continue to mount

    October 31st, 2019
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    East Town Dairy in rural Cashton evidently was not responsible for the fish kill that wiped out 1,213 brown trout and 232 brook trout on 1.7 miles of Brush Creek.

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    Floodplain administrator to assist Ontario with compliance

    October 23rd, 2019
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    Ontario’s new floodplain administrator got off to an abrupt start last week.

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    Outcome of two officers appears to have been decided

    October 17th, 2019
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    A few years ago, Ontario’s police officer at the time sought permission to sell Back the Badge yard signs. Funds were to be used for some good cause or another — I don’t recall what.

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    Ontario board steps back from gym project

    October 17th, 2019
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    Plans to turn the gym at the old Ontario Elementary School into a temporary community hall hit a snag at Monday night’s Ontario Village Board meeting.

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    It’s going to be Halloween: Pass the Sweet Tarts

    October 11th, 2019
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    It’s nearly Halloween again and time to plan protection for those tiny tots. It’s hard to believe, but there are such sick people out there that they are lacing Sweet Tarts with heroin.

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    Walz book offers account of rural Norwalk in mid-20th century

    October 11th, 2019
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    The often-heard phrase, “You can take the boy out of the Kickapoo Valley but you can’t take the Kickapoo Valley out of the boy,” might well have been written with former rural Norwalk resident Stanley Walz in mind.

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