Kendall Lions celebrate 75 years

The Kendall Lions Club hosted its 75th anniversaary party Sunday at The Lumberyard, an outdoor music venue in Kendall.

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Wilde named new Wilton Village Board president

Ed Wilde, a current Wilton Village Board member, will start his tenure as president July 1, replacing Missy Coldren, who resigned last month. 

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Ontario board secures $1.6 M interim loan

The Ontario Village Board approved a $1.6 million interim loan Monday to temporarily cover expenses associated with construction and renovation projects in the community.

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Rural Ontario woman arrested after trespassing incident

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center was notified of a trespassing incident at a residence on Hoff Valley Road in rural Ontario, in the town of Whitestown, at about 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson.  Stacie Lynn...

Meet the bard at Wildcat

Wildcat Mountain State Park will host Summit Players’ “Shakespeare in the Park” on Saturday, June 22. The following is the schedule.  • 5 p.m. workshop — “Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will”  This workshop focuses on helping workshop attendees...

Ontario has Adventure Day

Ontario churches sponsored their Adventure Day for Kids and Families on Saturday in the village square and at The Well Youth Center. the event consisted of archery, a tough course, BB-gun shooting, tomahawk throwing, crafts and snacks, and a message and games.

Norwalk puts on bike rodeo

The Norwalk Public Library hosts its annual bike rodeo fundraiser June 2, giving away 30 new bicycles and other prizes. The event drew 80 kids.   Dylan Silva Cruz rides one of the bikes. Nathaniel Bautista Velasco is in the background. Juan Hernandez gives a better...

Rural Ontario man arrested for burglary 

Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson reports the arrest of Randy Lee Harmel, 43, of rural Ontario as a result of the ongoing burglary investigation that began Thursday morning, June 6.  Randy Harmel Harmel was taken into custody just before 5 p.m. Saturday in rural...

Mlsna Dairy Supply fined for violations of CAFO laws

Monroe County Judge Mark L. Goodman issued an order today requiring Phil G. Mlsna and Mlsna Dairy Supply Inc. to pay $209,641.47 for violations of Wisconsin’s wastewater laws at the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) that they own and operate in Sparta,...

Brookwood students named to honor roll

The following students were named to the fourth-quarter honor roll at Brookwood Junior/Senior High School: SENIORS High Honors: Alexis Lacy and Amelia Muellenberg Honor Roll: Vanessa Anderson, Timothy DeWitt, Taylor Freed, Brady Hansen, Kymber Kaiser, Kylie Powell and...

NEWS

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for June 2–8

Sunday, June 2: A bicyclist was bitten by a dog on County Highway SS in the town of Liberty. This is the third dog bite at this residence since May 9, 2024. The owner was issued an animal bite order. Sunday, June 2: Wyatt Olson of Cashton was traveling westbound on...

Insurance office to close in Wilton

Arlington Insurance’s office in the Wilton Community Center will close permanently effective July 1, moving to Ettrick, Wis. The closure is a result of Arlington Mutual’s merger with Heartland Mutual Insurance Company in Ettrick.  Branch hours in Ettrick will be...

Norwalk Legion marks Memorial Day

The Norwalk American Legion performed Memorial Day services, visiting Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery, St. Jacob’s Lutheran Cemetery, Centerville Cemetery, Ridgeville Methodist Cemetery, St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Pilgrims Home Cemetery, and St. Augustine Catholic...

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for May 26 to June 1

Sunday, May 26: The sheriff’s office received a report of a physical incident at Shovelheads Corner Bar in Readstown. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was a physical altercation between employees of the bar and a patron. The male offender was taken into custody...

N-O-W teacher honored

Contributed by the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District — Michelle Hyatt has been named the Teacher of the Week by Sleepy Hollow Auto! Mrs. Hyatt was presented with a brand new Chevy Camaro convertible sponsored by Sleepy Hollow Auto to drive for a week to recognize...

Vernon County Sheriff’s Report for May 19–25

Sunday, May 19: Christopher Heimann of Colgate, Wis., struck a deer while driving eastbound on County Highway V in the town of Greenwood. No injuries were reported. The vehicle received functional damage and was not towed. Monday, May 20: A deputy came across about...

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...

From turtles to weenies: Wilton festival takes on a new flavor

From turtles to weenies: Wilton festival takes on a new flavor

When Shakespeare penned the adage, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet,” he obviously didn’t have Wilton in mind. But when it comes to the quaint village’s newly repackaged festival, it may be appropriate.

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Brandau awarded Quilt of Valor

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

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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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 Public Library to host summer chess

By Rachel Conner | Ontario Public Library director Summer chess at the Ontario Public Library is scheduled from 2–5 p.m. on Tuesdays: June 18, July 9, July 30, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20. Come as you are able during these times to play, learn, improve, and enjoy chess with...

Senior menus for June 17–21

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, June 17: Italian cheese...

Ontario Hat Luncheon set for late June

By Rachel Conner | Ontario Public Library director The annual Hat (optional) Luncheon to benefit the Ontario Public Library will be June 26, 27, and 28.  The luncheon will be served at noon at 302 Park St. in Ontario. The suggested donation is $15. For...

Kendall movie night is June 14

Contributed by the Kendall Public Library The Kendall Public Library’s June Movie Night will be Friday, June 14, at St. John’s Church in Kendall.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the comedy “Old Dogs” will be shown.   Starring John Travolta and Robin...

Wilton Public Library to host events this month

Contributed by Kelly Lupton | Wilton Public Library director Activities at Wilton Public Library that are coming up:  • June 7 10:00 AM: Current Events Discussion Group • June 7 12:30 PM: Book Club for Adults with Special Needs • June 8 10:30 AM:...

Obituaries

Joy E. Bever

Joy E. Bever, 70, of Elroy was called to her heavenly home Monday, June 17, 2024, at home.  She was born to George and Carol (Woolever) Preuss on July 3, 1953, in Reedsburg. She was a member of the Royall High School graduating class of 1971. On June 14, 1989, Joy was...

Sherri Lynn Savall

Sherri Lynn Savall passed away peacefully June 8, 2024, at her group home (ILC—Independent Living Choices) in La Crosse, Wis. She was born Nov. 4, 1964, daughter to Otto and Eunice Jerome-Savall of rural Norwalk. She was the seventh of seven children. It is thought...

Jeannie E. Klipstein

Jeannie E. Klipstein, 74, of Elroy, Wis., passed away Sunday, June 9, 2024, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro, Wis.  She was born Oct. 6, 1949, the daughter of John and Edna (Wells) Kranz, and she graduated from Royall High School in 1967.  Jeannie...

Ivan Clyde Vieth

Ivan Clyde Vieth, 94, of Middleton, Wis., passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024, at University of Wisconsin Hospital, surrounded by loving family. He was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Norwalk, Wis., the son of Harry and Verna (Hubbard) Vieth. Ivan graduated from Norwalk High...

Doris M. Calhoun

Doris M. Calhoun, 93, of Pewaukee, Wis., formerly of Onalaska, was born into eternal life Saturday, May 25, 2024, at the Legacy Assisted Living Center in Pewaukee.  She was born Oct. 12, 1930, to William and Leelah (Bickel) Carr in Valley, Wis. She was a member of the...

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

Royall succumbs to one run in sectional final

The Royall baseball team was just one run away to making a state baseball appearance close to a quarter-century in the making. With receiving a first round bye, Royall, the No. 2 seed in the WIAA Division 4 baseball bracket, hosted No. 7 seed Brookwood on May 28 in...

Brookwood athletes compete at state track

Four Brookwood students competed in the WIAA state track meet in La Crosse last weekend: Marshall Doll, 400-meter dash; Wyatt Maurhoff, high jump; Elijah Johns, 110-meter hurdles; and Cooper Powell, 3,200-meter run. Maurhoff placed fifth.  Elijah Johns competes in the...

Royall baseball wins regional

Royall’s baseball team defeated Seneca to win the regional championship on May 29. The team advanced to sectionals, defeating De Soto but falling to Eleva-Strum, just missing a trip to state. 

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...

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

N-O-W highlights for fourth-quarter

By Travis Anderson | N-O-W Superintendent Wow, what a great year the 2023–2024 school year was thanks to all of our wonderful students, staff, and our supportive community.One thing I mentioned in my graduation speech this year was that the old saying rings true, “It...

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,...