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The Independence School District will see a 22.5 percent decrease in their mill rate this coming tax season, according to the 2020-2021 surplus budget approved at last Wednesday’s annual meeting of the school board. The mill rate reduction from $11.58 per $1,000 in equalized property value in 2019-...
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District will see their lowest mill rate since 2010 according to numbers provided at the district’s annual meeting last Monday. The rate of $9.53 per $1,000 in equalized property value is a 28-cent decrease from 2019, and is also the third time the rate has...
After being “bombarded” with renewed complaints about the city’s poor appearance, Arcadia officials decided to take a step back to see if they can shape an effective enforcement policy. “We can’t keep just talking about this sh*tshow,” said council member Paul Anderson. “Let’s get what we need and...
Arcadia School District superintendent Lance Bagstad came under fire last week for recent social media posts disparaging supporters of President Donald Trump, actions which caused many to weigh the incident against his record with the district. The Trempealeau County Times reached out to several...
Arcadia will not fund an ice skating rink this winter and it will, at least temporarily, hold onto the city’s recreation building. “It’s hard for the schools to commit right now” to perhaps house some of the city recreation programs in the district’s new Wanek Center, said Eva Anderson, the city’s...
The city of Arcadia will boost the budget for feed and care and perhaps seek donations of trees to continue to operate a deer park once criticized as being neglectful of the animals. “Let’s do it right,” said council member Paul Anderson at last Wednesday council meeting. “Let’s try it for a year...

The Wisconsin Army National Guard reported 70 tests were issued at the drive-through community testing site held in Independence on Friday. There will be two more tests held at the same location — the Trempealeau County Healthcare Center Annex building — within the next month, one on Oct. 30 and the other on Nov. 13.             (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

After a decrease two weeks ago, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Trempealeau County has surged back up with 92 cases last week, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The number of new cases last week is the third-highest total on record in Trempealeau County and breaks what...
The District of Arcadia School Board heard just under 30 minutes of public comments at their regular meeting Monday night in regards to recent social media postings by their superintendent, Lance Bagstad. About a third of the approximately 30 audience members in attendance voiced concerns ranging...

Lance Bagstad

Arcadia School District Superintendent Lance Bagstad issued an apology after posts he made on his personal Facebook page were brought to the attention of the district’s board of education last week. The posts began to circulate throughout the area and on social media last week, before a special...
All five schools in the Times-area will see an increase in the amount of aid it receives in the 2020-21 school year with the amounts being released by the Department of Public Instruction last week. The Independence district will see the largest increase as the amount of aid received will jump from...

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