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              The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association issued a statement Wednesday saying the state girls basketball tournament and boys basketball sectional games scheduled for this week will continue as planned.               The statement said:             “The WIAA Executive Staff...
  The names of the victims of a fatal crash along Highway 93 between Independence and Eleva have been released by the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department. Austin Anderson, 23, of Durand and Tara Pataska, 45, of Onalaska were the victims in the two-vehicle collision which occurred near County...
A man who is accused of stealing a truck and hitting several vehicles around Preston was charged with felonies in Trempealeau County before being returned to Winona County where he is wanted for criminal damage to property. Austin John Presson, 25, of 173 N. Baker St., Winona, is charged with...
“Common sense” precautions county residents would take to avoid the flu should be sufficient to protect against an unlikely infection by the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus, according to the county’s public health director. “It’s important to keep perspective,” said Barb Barczak, director of public...
Those planning to open a new frac sand mine on 1,269 acres in Independence were granted a 90-extension on a city permit to allow them to solidify contracts with investors. The four-to-one vote Monday to grant the extension to Cameron Rail for the city’s conditional use permit came after an appeal...

Aaron Engel

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau superintendent Aaron Engel may soon be leaving for a job in a larger district. The School District of La Crosse announced Engel as one of three finalists for its superintendent vacancy last week. He will interview against Stacey Everson, director of secondary education for...
Whitehall’s school board approved the implementation of a new visitor system last Wednesday that intends to increase school safety. They will be the first school in the area to implement the system, according to superintendent Mike Beighley.  The system is called Raptor Visitor Management, and...

Russ Severson of Arcadia witnessed the now iconic flag raising during the Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years ago.

“We were moving toward the first airfield and we saw them raise the flag. I was quite a distance away from it [Mount Suribachi] but I saw it and we were happy as hell because we were taking a lot of mortar and artillery fire from that mountain. It really was something to see,” recalled Russel L....
Two Galesville residents were charged with possession of drugs after sheriff’s deputies followed up on a video allegedly showing the two using drugs in front of children aged four and two and a half. Taylor Dobbs, 22, and Bailey Owen Ahlert, 19, both of 21343 Wolfe Run Lane, 1B, were charged with...
As the spring thaw begins those living near the Mississippi River should be especially concerned with flooding, while the rest of the county also has reason to worry. According to a report by the National Weather Service in La Crosse, the risk for flooding along the main-stem of the Mississippi...

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