UPDATED: Coronavirus-related cancellations and closures

The following local events have been canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak:

• Margie’s on Main, a Wilton salon, has closed.

• All Monroe County senior meal sites are closed, but delivery options are available.

• With the exception of the Justice Center, all Monroe County buildings are closed. http://thecountyline.net/pages/with-exception-of-justice-center-monroe-county-to-close-all-buildings/

• The Royall Hall of Fame program, scheduled for March 27, has been postponed.

• The Regional Center Municipal Court, of which Ontario, Kendall and Elroy are members, will postpone all court dates until further notice due to the state of emergency involving Covid-19.

• Effective Wednesday, March 18, public access to Vernon Electric Cooperative buildings will be restricted. Vernon Electric staff will be present within the building during normal business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). However, no one from the public will be permitted within the building without a prior appointment.

• The Vernon County Museum is closed indefinitely.

• The Monroe County Local History and Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum in Sparta are closed to the public.

• Juneau County meal sites are closed, and all home-delivered meals will continue.

• The Monroe County Highway Committee meeting regarding ATV/UTV routes, originally scheduled for Friday, March 20, has been canceled.

• The Cashton VFW’s Smelt Fry and Wings Dinner has been canceled until further notice.

• The Kickapoo Valley Reserve has postponed “Changing Climate and Waters of the Wisconsin,” a Ralph Nuzum Lecture that had been slated for Wednesday, March 25.

• The County Line has closed its Ontario office to foot traffic to minimize face-to-face contact and the risk of transmitting coronavirus. The County Line will continue to print its Thursday edition, and news will be updated at our website at thecountyline.net. All inquiries may be directed to (608) 337-4232 (leave a message) or [email protected]. We appreciate your understanding.

• St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kendall and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on South Ridge have canceled all services and activities until further notice.

• The Good Samaritan Store in Hillsboro will be closed indefinitely, though its food pantry will continue to be open at 9 a.m. Thursdays. Food will be distributed at the front door; entry to the building will not be allowed.

• All Vernon County senior dining centers have closed effectively immediately.

• Gundersen St. Joseph’s has canceled its spring salad luncheon, which was scheduled for April 22.

• The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office has canceled its 5K9 Run/Walk, which had been set for April 25. It will not be rescheduled this year.

• The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton and Royall school districts’ last day was Tuesday, March 17.

• All Masses in the La Crosse Diocese are closed until further notice, including at all local Catholic churches.

• Faith Congregational Church in Wilton has canceled its Swiss steak dinner set for Sunday, March 22.

• The Kendall Nutrition Meal Site has canceled the St. Patrick’s Day/Welcome Spring Party and its music program for March, with plans to reschedule these events in April.

• The Norwalk, Kendall, Wilton, Elroy and Ontario public libraries will close. The Norwalk Public Library is slated to close at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and reopen 12 p.m. April 13; the Kendall Public Library, from Tuesday, March 24, to Friday, April 3; and the Wilton Public Library, from Wednesday, March 18, to a tentative reopening date of Monday, April 6; the Elroy Public Library, from Thursday, March 19, until further notice; and the Ontario Public Library, from 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, to a tentative reopening date of Monday, April 6.

• St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilton will cancel all services through April 4. A decision about Palm Sunday and Holy Week services will be made during the first few days of April. 

• The Cashton Cupboard and Closet retail/thrift store will be closed until further notice starting Tuesday, March 17. No donations will be accepted at this time. The food pantry will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers has canceled the following outreach services: 1) Legal Action of Wisconsin (monthly services are postponed through April 10); 2) AARP Tax-Aid Services (services are canceled until further notice; and 3) English Language Learner Classes (the April and May classes have been canceled).

• The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center will be closed to the public until further notice starting Monday, March 16. KVR employees will continue to work and can be called at (608) 625-2960. The Land Management Sub-Committee on Tuesday and KRMB meeting on Thursday will be held via teleconference. All public events and programs have been canceled or postponed until at least April 10. The trails will remain open for hiking, but bridge railings, gates, registration stations, etc., are not disinfected.

• United Methodist Church in Norwalk will not offer services Sunday, March 22, and Sunday, March 29, along with all other previously scheduled activities within that timeframe.

• United Methodist Churches in Elroy and Wonewoc will not offer any services or programs from March 15–28.

• Vernon Electric Cooperative has canceled its annual meeting, which had been set for Saturday, March 21. Meeting options are being explored, including an online annual meeting or postponement to a later date. Information will be provided on the Vernon Electric Facebook page and website as details become available.

• The Kendall Lions Club Fundfest, set for Saturday, March 21, has been postponed, with a new date to be determined.

• The Monroe County Safety Patrol has canceled the sixth-grade students’ annual trip to Washington D.C.

• The Driftless Writing Center, based in Viroqua, has postponed its March 13 reading with Madison Poet Laureate Angela Trudell Vasquez; suspended its Tuesday evening drop-in program; and substituted its English language arts enrichment classes for homeschool students with online support.

• Originally set for Saturday, March 14, the Monroe County Historical Society Arts & Crafts Show has been canceled.

• The Don and Shirley Vitcenda concert, which had been scheduled for Monday, March 30, at Terrace Heights Retirement Community in Mauston, has been canceled.

• A flood emergency-plan workshop, originally set for Wednesday, March 18, at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, has been canceled.

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