Brandau awarded Quilt of Valor

David Brandau graduated from Royall High School in 1965. Two years later, he received a letter that said, “Greetings from Uncle Sam. You have been selected to serve in the Armed Forces.” It was April 1967; David was 20 years old. So he packed his duffle bag and headed for Fort Campbell, Ky., for basic training, AKA boot camp.

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A South Side tribute to Myrna Fauska

It’s 5 p.m. on a Sunday night, and the telephone won’t be ringing with Myrna Fauska calling to find out what Lynette and Sally have been up to the past week. For I don’t know how many years (but a lot), Myrna would call every Sunday, with pen in hand, ready to note what we had been up to in the prior week.  

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Norwalk considers options for community center

To remedy Norwalk’s lack of a community center, the village will apply for a grant from the federal Flexible Facilities program, village board president Levi Helgren said at a public discussion May 14. 

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Vehicle/black bear collision occurs in rural Hillsboro

A trailer attached to a vehicle collided with a black bear at about 10 p.m. Thursday near Pine Avenue, in the town of Union in rural Hillsboro, according to Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson.   Dominic Lee Vesbach, 27, of rural La Farge was operating a heavy-duty...

St. Luke’s in rural Elroy to host Memorial Day services

Contributed by St. Luke’s Auxiliary Historic St. Luke’s church, located at 30080 Oxford Road in rural Elroy, will again salute our fallen heroes on Memorial Day.   As is the tradition, at 10 a.m., the Kendall Legion will present a program, which includes a 21-gun...

‘Apache Blues’ viewing schedule for Saturday, May 25

The Vietnam documentary "Apache Blues" will be shown in the Ontario Village Square on Saturday. The following is the schedule of the day's activities. • 3 p.m. — Welcome by Dustin Lvedtke (news anchor at Channel 19) • 3:15 to 6 p.m. — “K” Sterling Band • 6 p.m. — Dan...

DNR monitoring manure spill near Norwalk

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is responding to a manure spill that occurred at a dairy farm near Norwalk last week.  Spill response continued throughout the week, and DNR staff continue to monitor the situation. At this time, the DNR believes the...

Brookwood to offer shuttle service for Friday’s graduation

Due to construction and limited parking at Brookwood High School, a shuttle service will be offered for the Brookwood graduation ceremony on Friday, May 24.   Construction is underway on a gymnasium/multi-purpose FEMA-certified storm shelter, which will...

Norwalk man killed in Sparta single-vehicle crash

One man is dead and another injured after a vehicle struck a tree early Thursday morning, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. At about 4:32 a.m., Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash. The vehicle had been traveling north on Highway 71,...

Memorial Day services slated

Local villages will host the following Memorial Day services. Kendall Contributed by Doug Rogalla, Kendall American Legion Commander All too often, Americans take our freedoms for granted. “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath...

NEWS

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for May 12–18

Sunday, May 12: A deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on W. Main Street in the town of Stark. The driver had a suspended driver’s license and expired temporary registration for the vehicle. The driver gave the deputy consent to search his vehicle, and the...

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for May 5–11

Sunday, May 5: Kristin Nguyen of North Branch, Minn., was driving south on Highway 162 in the town of Coon when her rear passenger tire blew out, causing the vehicle to collide with the guardrail. Nguyen did not report any injuries. The vehicle was towed due to...

Bunk honored for Kendall Village Board service

Kendall Village Board president Richard Martin (left) awards a plaque to Waunnette Bunk, who served on the board for 42 years. She did not seek another term in the April election. (Contributed photo)

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for April 21–27

Tuesday, April 23: A deputy went to a residence in La Farge to attempt service of a warrant for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The offender was located and taken into custody.  Wednesday, April 24: The sheriff’s office received a report of a female...

Kendall movie night set for May 3 at fellowship hall

By Lynette Vlasak The Kendall Public Library’s May Movie Night will be Friday, May 3, at St. John’s Church Fellowship Hall.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the 2023 movie “The Hill” will be shown. Based on a true story, “The Hill” is an inspiring story of baseball...

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for April 14–20

Sunday, April 14: A citizen reported someone banging on the door and ringing the doorbell at their residence in the town of Bergen. A deputy made sure the residence was secure. He searched the area and did not come across anyone. Sunday, April 14: A deputy was...

Forward Elroy donates toward Royall building project

Forward Elroy, a group that includes Tommy Thompson, Dorothy Halgerson, Larry Ormson and Gene Cisewski, has committed to donating at least $100,000 and possibly $150,000 to address the shortfall on the Royall School District’s building project. 

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Ontario eyes major upgrade of sewer plant

The Ontario Village Board learned Monday that it will have to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to the tune of an estimated $84,000 in order to comply with new state phosphorus regulations.

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Wilton struggles to obtain surety bond for new treasurer

The Village of Wilton has been unable to obtain fidelity surety bonding for clerk/treasurer Mindy Haase, mostly likely due to “past risk,” said board president Missy Coldren, alluding to the January arrest of former clerk/treasurer Leigha Barton on embezzlement charges. 

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Royall starts forming long-term strategic plan

The Royall School has begun the process of creating a long-term strategic plan, meeting with facilitators Brad Saron, superintendent of the Sun Prairie (Wis.) School District, and Steve Schroeder, a 14-year member of the Sun Prairie School Board on April 10. 

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Work progresses on new Royall gym

Work progresses on new Royall gym

Work has begun on the floor of the new Royall High School gymnasium, which is part of an addition including a new entrance linking the two school buildings and a new agricultural room. Now projected to cost $11,952,780, the addition will be 25,993 square feet. Kraemer...

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Community

Norwalk Public Library summer reading program starts May 27

By Jesica Helgren | Norwalk Public Library director The Norwalk Library has a summer of adventure planned for all ages! Please join us Monday, May 27, at 4:30 p.m. for our summer kickoff party. Kids and adults can pick up their summer reading passports,...

Ontario Public Library will be closed Memorial Day

By Rachel Conner | Ontario Public Library director The Ontario Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The Ontario Public Library’s May Lego Club will meet Tuesday, May 28, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring a friend and come to...

Wilton Public Library to host activities

By Kelly Lupton | Wilton Public Library director The following activities are coming up at the Wilton Public Library: • 10 a.m. Friday, May 24: Current-events discussion group • Monday, May 27: Closed in observation of Memorial Day • 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29:...

Senior menus for May 27–31

Kendall, Norwalk and Wilton meal sites Call 463-7622 (Kendall), 343-3158 (Norwalk) or 487-6130 (Wilton) by noon two days before to reserve a meal. Suggested donation is $4 per meal. One-percent milk is served with each meal.  Monday, May 27: No meals served...

Mother’s Day chicken

Brady Hansen sells chicken for the Norwalk Knights baseball team on Mother’s Day in the Norwalk Village Park. 

Obituaries

Mary Ellen Brandau

Mary Ellen Brandau, 57, of Holmen, formerly of Wilton, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Mary Ellen was born July 13, 1966, in La Crosse. At the age of 9 days old, she was welcomed into the family of Harold and Emogene Brandau of Wilton as their foster daughter....

Mary Jane Parkhurst

Mary Jane Parkhurst, 93, of Elroy passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Tomah.   A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held for Mary and Jim on Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 12–2 p.m. at the Kendall Community Hall, 219 W. South Railroad St., Kendall.   In...

Greg Allen Weibel

Greg Allen Weibel, 56, of Norwalk, Wis., passed away unexpectedly May 16, 2024, due to a serious car accident. Born on June 30, 1967, in Janesville, Wis., to Robert “Bob” and Helen (Seekamp) Weibel, Greg's kind, friendly, and gentle spirit brightened the lives of all...

Betty J. Zirk

Betty J. Zirk, 90, of Wilton, Wis., passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, surrounded by her family.  She was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Beloit, the daughter of Hollis and Luella (Stark) Meacham. She was united in marriage...

Eileen Ann Pasch (Lydon)

Eileen Ann Pasch (Lydon) peacefully passed away May 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.  She was a devoted wife to Roger Pasch for nearly 67 years and a cherished mother to Michelle (Robert Tracey), Kelly (Dennis Kramer), and Roger Jr. (Lisa Pasch). Eileen was...

Opinion

Your Right to Know: Rights clash in records dispute

By Matthew DeFour The Wisconsin Supreme Court will soon hear a case involving records related to the voting rights of mentally incompetent people. No matter which side wins, the public has in some ways already lost. That’s because while the case pits the public’s...

Trail Celebration 2024: Trail communities come together

By the Friends of the Elroy-Sparta Trail The Friends of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail would like to thank the communities and local businesses who supported their efforts and donated snacks and beverages and raffle prizes for the bikers and hikers coming through during...

Your Right to Know: Shine more light on open investigations

By Kelly Lecker A horrific scene played out in February in an apartment complex in Middleton, a Madison suburb. A woman and her two young children had died. The tight-knit community mourned for this family as its members asked: How could this happen?  Kelly Lecker...

Sports

Track stars make strides at conference, regionals

Brookwood’s Sophie Teynor claimed the track regional championship in the girls triple jump when teams competed at Cashton on May 20. Teynor jumped 31-6.50. When Royall hosted conference, Teynor placed fifth at 29-10.25. (Tasha Mueller photo) The top four individuals...

Brookwood track has week for record-setting

Above: The Brookwood girls 4x200-meter relay team of (left to right) Ruby Muehlenkamp, Miranda Arndt, Calista Zimmerman and Amelia Muellenberg broke the school record at the Blackhawk Invite in Viroqua on May 6.  Below: Brookwood’s Wyatt Maurhoff tied the school...

Brookwood softball in double-win column over New Lisbon

Brookwood softball hosted a pair of games against New Lisbon on Monday, May 6. In game one, the team gained a large 5-run lead, with Kymber Kaiser hitting a home run. Also, Emily Cunitz doubled and Kylie Powell singled. Here, Kaiser advances to third in the fourth to...

Teams compete at Royall Invitational

Royall track and field hosted its annual Gerard Brunner Invitational on Thursday, April 25, with 12 teams competing. Royall’s Jaiden Walters takes part in the girls shot put and places 16th with a throw of 24-10, with throw mates Maddison Peterson taking 17th at...

Royall’s Gruen selected as WIAA Scholar-Athlete

Royall High School student Marah Gruen recently was selected as one of 32 statewide finalists for the 2024 WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. Only four boys and four girls from each of the four WIAA divisions were selected based on both athletic and academic achievement....

Backtalk

It will be a seemingly endless campaign season

By KAREN PARKER County Line Publisher Emerita I would imagine if Eric Hovde has secured any demographic in his campaign for Wisconsin Senate, it would be lonely ladies over 40 swooning over his rugged, Marlboro-man-lookalike appearance. You may have noticed that a...

A vibrant press is essential to democracy

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher Emerita Sadly, there was no obituary in the paper for the Vernon Focus. You likely did not know Vernon, but in his past life, you might have known him as Foxxy Shopper. In my salad days, the Foxxy Shopper was the 800-pound...

America’s bent toward fascism

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher Emerita Imagine living in a country where the simple act of gathering together to lay flowers after the death of a prominent person could result in a two-week jail sentence. Worse yet, two weeks in a Russian prison possibly...

In 2024, remember that politics were ugly 100 years ago, too

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher Emerita Good grief! We are barely into the new year, and I am ready to go back to 2023 or leap ahead to 2025. Are we really in for an entire year of presidential election babble? While they exerted monumental efforts to convince...

Looking back on our 40th year, 1983–2023 (part two)

By KAREN PARKER County Line Publisher Emerita Forty years is a long time. Sadly, it’s long enough for most of our area business to have gone away. It’s hard to believe now, but in 1983 Ontario had two bars, two grocery stores, three gas stations, a variety store, and...

Pictures from the Past

Ontario High School basketball, 1949–50

The 1949–50 Ontario High School basketball team sits on the Ontario Community Hall stage. Back row (left to right): Roger Budde, Donald Breidenstein, Bob Bassett, Stan White and coach Joe Ott. Front row: Dale Thomas, Bill Calhoun, Dick Olson, Bill Jantz and Bob...

Pictures from the past: Early 20th century Ontario

These undated, early 20th century images depict Ontario. Can you offer more information on the photos and what they portray? Contact the County Line at (608) 337-4232 or countyline@centurytel.net. (Photos courtesy of Aldis Strazdins)

Palen Park: Before and after

Although Ontario has diminished since the August 2018 flood and the subsequent removal of many downtown buildings, one bright spot remains. Pictured above is Palen Park in 2012. Below are photos from last August featuring the gardening skills of Ontario resident...

St. Luke’s to be placed on National Registers

Contributed by MARIE SCHAUER FINDLAY Descendant of St. Luke’s founders On Saturday, Oct. 1, St. Luke’s Church, located at 30013 Oxford Road in rural Elroy, invites everyone to join them to celebrate being officially listed on both the State and National Registers of...

School

RMS musicians perform in spring concert

The sixth grade general music group opened the Royall Middle School spring concert May 13 with playing ukuleles to Johnny Cash’s top hit “Ring of Fire.” (Tasha Mueller photo) The sixth-graders have fun throwing pieces of homework in “I’ve Lost My Homework." (Tasha...

Brookwood club hosts trap shoot

The Brookwood trap club recently hosted its trap shoot. The follow are members of the trap club. Front row (left to right): Wyatt Maurhoff, Tim DeWitt, Mason Rex, Jennafer Fennigkoh, Taylor Fennigkoh, Saleen Ford, Zaida Carpenter and Katherine McElhose. Back row:...

Brookwood hosts FFA banquet

The Brookwood FFA hosted its annual banquet Sunday, when the following awards were given out: • Discovery Degree recipients — Landyn DeWitt, Wyatt Ferries, Stella Mack, Addison Miller, Breanna Nevismal, Jay Ottum, Sierra Pasch, Annabelle Rasmussen, Charles Wallerman,...

BJHS competes in quiz bowl

A group of Brookwood Junior High School students traveled to Necedah on April 23 to compete in the Seventh Grade Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network.  They had to answer questions about a variety of topics, including geography,...

Brookwood trap club hosts fundraiser

The Brookwood Trap Club hosted a fundraiser at the Wilton Fire Station on Sunday, selling brat and hot dog plates.  Students Marshall Doll and Allison Maulsby assemble brat and hot dog plates.   Dustin Pasch serves the fundraiser attendees.  Deagan Halderman and Amyia...