Two Independence men, one of whom is alleged to have offered tattoos along with drugs, have been charged with weapons and drug offenses. Charged after a search of their home at N37675 Hunts Valley Road on Feb. 16 were Ivan Salgado, 30, and Rosario Pillado, 30.  Salgado was charged with felony...
A special meeting last week appears to have resolved questions and concerns over the agreement between Ettrick residents and the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District regarding ongoing use of the community center attached to Ettrick Elementary School. Multiple elected officials from both the...
An Ettrick man is accused of driving his truck into a vehicle that then broke through a garage in the town of Arcadia. John Paul Feyen, 45, reportedly arrived at the home in the early morning of Feb. 20, and told an occupant that he was “looking for (his) woman,” court records say. After being told...

Seth Dale

Citing the desire for continuity, the Blair-Taylor School District has hired Seth Dale as its next head football coach. Dale was the offensive coordinator for former coach Andy Nehring, who resigned earlier this year. After going winless the year before Nehring took over the program — with Dale as...
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department will provide law enforcement for the village of Eleva which has neither a police officer nor a squad car following the arrest of its police chief. Patrick McKillip, 54, of Chippewa Falls, who was arrested for driving under the influence on Jan. 5, is on...
The Blair-Taylor school board heard details regarding a compensation model that is de-signed to attract new teachers and retain experienced educators. The model was put together by a committee consisting of six staff members at various age levels and Superintendent Lynn Halverson. Halverson told...
Arcadia’s city-owned recreation center on Main Street will be discussed at the city council’s March 6 meeting. The building was the subject of a public hearing in February of 2023 during which numerous residents asked the city to keep the building open. Many Arcadia recreational activities are now...
Arcadia High School could soon see a more traditional athletic director setup as well as an added bilingual member of the office staff to streamline duties and help more families. The Arcadia school board last Monday discussed adding the two positions for the 2024-25 school year. No action was...

            Blair-Taylor’s Jackson Shramek worked to take down Axel Tegels of Cadott during their semifinal match at the state tournament in Madison on Friday.  (Photograph contributed by Mike Poulos)

As the saying goes, defense wins championships.  That proved to be the case for Blair-Taylor senior Jackson Shramek as the wrestler allowed just two points in three matches to win a state title for the second straight year. Defense led to offense and a state championship in the final match of the B...

Vilas Hanson Park

The Arcadia city council unanimously approved opening a community garden near troubled Vilas Hanson Park. The approval last Wednesday came after council member Kyle Myhre questioned whether the council and some city staff were “marginalizing a whole section of the community.” “Come on guys, here we...

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            Blair-Taylor’s Jackson Shramek worked to take down Axel Tegels of Cadott during their semifinal match at the state tournament in Madison on Friday.  (Photograph contributed by Mike Poulos)

As the saying goes, defense wins championships.  That proved to be the case for Blair-Taylor senior Jackson Shramek as the wrestler allowed just two points in three matches to win a state title...

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