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Proposed Rolling Hills facility cost rises $4 million due to delays

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - Voters in Monroe County will get the chance to weigh in on a $20 million proposal on the April ballot to build a new senior care facility to replace the aging Rolling Hills Nursing Home in Sparta. County officials want to see what the public thinks before it moves forward with


Missing Michigan Woman Found Dead In Wisconsin: Report

KENOSHA, WI -- Amanda Hanover, the missing 39-year-old woman from Michigan who went missing presumably in Wisconsin has been found dead in Kenosha, authorities say. The Kenosha Police Department found her car near 101 56th Street, also known as the Fisherman's Circle, in the City of Kenosha last wee


Monroe County Board to consider new treasurer, hiking camping fees

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors will discuss a resolution to appoint a new treasurer during the board's regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 27. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the county board room at the Monroe County Justice Center in Sparta.


Wisconsin officials await ruling on laws limiting governor

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin officials are waiting for a pair of courts to decide whether laws that Republicans passed last year limiting the powers of the new Democratic governor and attorney general can stand.


La Crosse man wanted on child pornography charges arrested in Wyoming

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A La Crosse man wanted on child pornography charges from 2017, was located and arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. David Hansen was charged with 10 counts of child pornography, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 after authorities found sexually graphic pictures on his computer, according


Work on Interstate 90 bridge begins in April

Wisconsin Department of Transportation crews will replace the Interstate Highway 90 bridges over Hwy. M and resurface Interstate 90 between Sparta and Tomah beginning in early April.


Mrs. Wisconsin American and Miss Wisconsin for America

Accepting contestants for the title of Mrs. Wisconsin America and the new title of Miss Wisconsin for America. Miss must be at least 18, single, divorced or legally separated. Categories of competition: Interview, Evening Gown, Swim Suit and on stage question.


Local History Room to host program on cranberry growing

The Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta will offer a program entitled “Cranberry Growing: Then & Now” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, as part of its “History — Live!” lecture series.


SHERIFF'S REPORT: Wilton man referred for fourth OWI

A 40-year-old Wilton man was referred to the district attorney for fourth-offense drunk driving after police responded to a Feb. 20 crash in the town of Wellington. According to the report, Ryan R. Brandau crashed a pickup truck into a snowbank shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Hwy. P. A deputy found the


Packers Tailgate Tour includes Marshfield, Antigo stops

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 14th annual ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 9-13. Local stops include Marshfield and Antigo.


Wisconsin man stabbed to death in Harrah’s Casino hotel in Joliet; suspect sought

Joliet police are investigating the death of a Wisconsin man who was stabbed Sunday at Harrah’s Casino hotel. Joliet police responded to a call of a fight about 10 p.m. at the hotel, 151 N. Joliet St., and found the victim, Emanuel M. Burgrino, in a hallway. The 75-year-old man, from Hales Corners,


Dental history could be part of Sackett murder case

Dental records could become a key piece of evidence in an upcoming La Crosse murder trial. Erik Sackett is asking investigators to review the dental history of murder victim Erin Somvilai, to disprove a claim that two of Erin’s teeth were knocked out around the time she was killed.


Fentanyl deaths on the rise, according to CDC

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The number of deaths caused by the synthetic drug fentanyl jumped more than 1,000 percent across the country between 2011 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The old Moulton house and 48 other buildings in the La Crosse area that no longer exist

Here's a circa 1875 view of Capt. Isaac Moulton’s house, which was located on the northeast corner of Sixth and Cass streets. Moulton, who over time was employed with river, railroad and telephone interests here, was widely known with his wife, Hannah, for holding their annual wedding anniversaries


Road work will close Hwy. 16 lanes in Onalaska Monday and Tuesday

Single-lane closures are scheduled on eastbound Hwy. 16 on Monday and Tuesday near North Kinney Coulee Road/County OS, Onalaska. On Monday, the right lane and right-turn lane to North Kinney Coulee Road will be closed for storm sewer work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Steve Cahalan: Restaurants open in Tomah and McGregor

Tomah has a new restaurant, while new owners have reopened a McGregor, Iowa, restaurant that closed a few years ago. Tomah Mayor Mike Murray opened his new Murray’s On Main restaurant last week at 810 Superior Ave., in part of the new 3rd Gen LLC development at the former site of the former Tee Pee


Local programs address risk, prevention of falls

As the ice melts, the risk of slips begins to wash away. But falls are a danger no matter the season, and a serious one at that. Each year, one in four U.S. adults 65 or older will take a tumble, and every 20 minutes a fall will result in a fatality.


Xcel Energy's second solar garden up and running in our area

CASHTON, Wis. (WKBT) - Xcel Energy's seven acre solar garden site is operating and generating renewable energy for customers off of Highway 33 in Cashton. Xcel's first solar garden was build in Eau Claire in the fall of 2007.


Onalaska softball ready for new challenge this spring

ONALASKA, WI - The high school spring sports season begins this week. The Onalaska softball play team plays their first game on Tuesday at home against Baldwin-Woodville. The Hilltoppers shared the MVC crown with Holmen and Aquinas last year. Onalaska won the conference title outright in 2017. The t


Tom Smith challenges incumbent Jim Binash in Onalaska City Council District 1 race

Two long-time residents are vying for the Onalaska City Council District 1 seat, both bringing years of board, volunteer and leadership experience. Incumbent Jim Binash, who has served as District 1 alderperson for the past four years and council president for one year, hopes to continue serving the