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Police identify two people found dead in rural Monroe County
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has identified the two deceased persons involved in the La Grange incident Thursday morning. Rhonda Woods, 43, and Patrick Woods, 54, of rural Tomah both died of gunshot wounds, authorities said.
Deaths of 2 people in La Grange appears to be murder-suicide
TOWN OF LA GRANGE, Wis. (AP) — Police say the death of two people in the Town of La Grange is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the body of a woman was found lying outside a residence on Thursday morning, and a man's body was found ins
Woman's body found in La Grange; Monroe County officials don't rule out foul play
TOWN OF LA GRANGE — Police are investigating the death of a woman in the Monroe County town of La Grange. The woman's body was found Thursday morning near Foothill Avenue by members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
A “little” look at Monroe County history
Sparta, WI (WXOW) – It’s a little piece of Monroe County history that’s drawing some big crowds to the local history museum. Basically, it’s Sparta, but a lot smaller. “Every year we brainstorm and try to come up with something new and different,” said Monroe County historian Jarrod Roll.
Prep Roundup: Westby boys basketball team uses hot outside shooting to stop Arcadia
WESTBY — The Westby High School boys basketball team used a hot start from 3-point territory to build a big first-half lead en route to topping Arcadia 69-49 in Coulee Conference play on Thursday.
UPDATE: Shooting incident in Tomah
TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) - Tomah police and other law enforcement agencies responded to a shooting incident this morning morning in Tomah. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department said an ambulance call was received Thursday morning regarding a woman found shot in the front yard of a residence.
Snowmobile trails face issues from late summer flooding
Summer floods will impact the winter snowmobile season. Tom Popp, chairman of the Monroe County Snowmobile Association, only about 75 percent of the trail system will be able to open this season due to washouts from floods in late August and early September. Area snowmobile clubs are waiting for mor
Active death investigation in Tomah
TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) - Tomah police and other law enforcement agencies responded to an incident Thursday morning in Tomah. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department said an ambulance call was received Thursday morning regarding a woman found shot in the front yard of a residence.
Sparta shop donates 32 handmade quilts to Falcon Food Pantry
The Sparta Quilt Shop recently donated 32 quilts to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, creating them for families that use the Falcon Food Pantry. The Sparta Quilt Shop has people come in and volunteer their time and materials to make quilts for families in need. In the past, they worked wi
Warrens woman referred for seventh OWI
A 73-year-old Warrens woman was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for seventh-offense drunk driving. Tomah police arrested Peggy A. Mattingly after an off-duty Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center police lieutenant observed Mattingly drinking a beer while operating a vehicle in
New Buffalo County K9 helps with two drug arrests
BUFFALO CO., Wis. (WKBT) - Two people are facing drug charges after two different traffic stops in Buffalo County. The first happened Friday evening. Sheriff's Deputies found 20.2 grams of cocaine and 22 grams of THC in an SUV driven by Jesse Stringer, 31, of La Crosse. They also recovered packaging
Steve Cahalan: Jim Dandy’s to add Sparta restaurant
Joel and Susan Schultz plan to open their second Jim Dandy’s Tasty Eats & Frozen Treats restaurant in mid-January in the former D&D Diner in part of the Sparta Travel Center building at 4105 Theater Road on the far east side of Sparta. The travel center, which is along Hwy. 16 just off Interstate 90
Knights of Columbus collecting gifts for Rolling Hills residents
The Tomah Knights of Columbus is conducting its annual project to bring gifts to the residents of Rolling Hills in Sparta. In its 51st year, the program provides an opportunity for everyone throughout the county to help. Donation boxes have been placed at the Catholic churches in Tomah, Sparta, Kend
UPDATE: West Salem High School Lockdown Lifted
The West Salem School District says the lockdown was due to a bomb threat in the high school. Students were taken to the Boys and Girls Club inside West Salem’s Middle School while authorities investigated.
Margaret Webster: Stop supporting killing contests
It is shameful that Wisconsin continues to allow wildlife killing contests. In January and February of 2019, participants will vie for cash prizes for killing the most coyotes with a local killing contest in Sparta, as well as Sauk City and Cambria.
Four city council incumbents seek re-election
Five Tomah City Council seats and two Tomah School Board seats are up for grabs in the April 2, 2019, general election. For the city council, Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election. All incumbent council members −Mary Ann Kmoiskey (District 1), Jeff Cram (District 3), Travis Scholze (District 5
BREAKING: West Salem High School Lock Down
The School District of West Salem issued an alert Monday morning via Facebook. They say the district has received information requiring an investigation, but have not released exact details. All the schools are secured, the district is working with police, and the school says all children are safe.
One week left to register for Federal Disaster Assistance
Wisconsin residents affected by the late summer storms and flooding have one week left to register for federal disaster assistance. The deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018. Residents in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Dane, Juneau, Marquette, Richland or Sauk counties can register for federal
Juvenile charges filed against teen accused of threats to Sparta schools
Monroe County is bringing charges in juvenile court against a Sparta High School student accused of making threats on-line. Public schools in Sparta were locked down for a while on the Monday after Thanksgiving, because of a social media message that included images of weapons.
Explore a miniature version of Monroe County
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - The entirety of Monroe County is on display this holiday season, all within 64 square feet!. The County Local History Room and Museum's newest display shows off the county as it looked in 1958. County buildings, landmarks and a pair of working railroads cover the model.