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 By Paul Fanning    News    October 21, 2020 

Monroe County reports fourth COVID 19 death

Monroe County saw its fourth, COVID related death reported on October 14 as the state continued to set records for positive coronavirus tests. The county also reported one more hospitalization on October 15, bringing the total to five. During a seven...

 

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By Me “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” - Ian MacLaren I remember it well. My wife laying in a hospital bed in Sparta holding our son, making sure he knew his mother was there with him. He was about...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    October 14, 2020

VFW Auxiliary celebrates 50 years in Cashton

Linda (Widner) Schluter, President of the VFW Auxiliary Department of Wisconsin, was a special guest speaker at the Cashton VFW Post Sunday. Miss Schluter, grew up in the area, made the trip from...

 

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By Me ____________________________________ When I sat down years ago to watch the first Ice Age movie with the kids I became instantly attached to the characters. But my fascination with the animals of ice age, and the era of dinosaurs began many...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    October 14, 2020

Wisconsin sets new record as COVID cases top 3,000

Wisconsin hit a new record high number of positive COVID cases on October 10, breaking the 3,000 threshold with 3,132 cases reported. On October 10, Monroe County reported its second lowest total during a six-day stretch, from October 7 through...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    October 7, 2020

Cashton Schools meeting challenge of teaching during a pandemic

Cashton School District Administrator, Ryan Alderson said last week he continues to be impressed with students, employees, and families as the schools and community navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic. But it has not been without incident. On...

 

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By Me I stumbled across this over the weekend, posted on Facebook by a friend. I thought it would be worth sharing… As the world fights to figure everything out, Biden, Trump, Covid, BLM, Life... I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    October 7, 2020

State-wide COVID cases reach new high

On October 3, the state of Wisconsin set a new record for single day positive test results for COVID 19 with 2,892 people confirmed to be infected with the novel virus. The number surpassed the previous record, set just two days earlier on October...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    October 7, 2020

Outdoor activity in high demand

Last weekend was a near perfect one for enjoying some outdoor, fall adventures. Two area venues that saw good turnout were Maple Ridge orchard and Tucker and Becky’s Pumpkin Patch. • At the...

 

Fall colors are here

Fall colors are beginning to paint the landscape with broad strokes of autumn hues. Take a scenic drive through the country and check it out. Fall colors in Wisconsin vary by region, but typically...

 

COVID 19 cases surging in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin set a new record high with 2,817 positive COVID 19 test results on Saturday, September 26, and La Crosse County reported two more deaths contributed to the virus, bringing its total to four. The 7-day average of confirmed...

 

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By Me It was around 1993 when the Beanie Baby craze hit America. These small stuffed animals mass produced in China made such a splash that some Americans, mostly adults, began to “invest” in collections. The five-dollar toy, which were sold...

 

Future of flood control… will dams be replaced?

The catastrophic failure of two area flood control dams from heavy rains in 2018, that sent a wall of water crashing through the valleys, is still evident. But there has been some progress in finding...

 

Global COVID 19 death count approaching 1 million

With schools back in session for since the beginning of September the numbers of new COVID positive tests, as many anticipated, has increased dramatically across the state of Wisconsin. September 17-20 saw a sharp spike in positive test results. And...

 

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By Me Facebook is a place of b0th great joy, and a place of ire. It has been both companion and antagonist to Me, and, I imagine, for many. However, I have increasing concern that there is a growing number of people whose lives exist and who rely...

 

Local craftsmanship and talents on display at St. Mary's Distillery

Large picture windows frame an impressive landscape of fields and valleys, and the smell of new lingers in the air. A tasting room offers seating at tables supported by old wooden barrels. The floor...

 

Fanning Files

By Me This year, 2020…This thing we call life… There seems to be nothing normal about this year. Most festivals, fairs, and entertainment in general seem to have come here to wither. And with the absence of those things that so many look forward...

 

La Crosse fish biologist asking for help

Cashton High School graduate, Eric Leis (Fish Biologist, La Crosse Fish Health Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) asks if people are out canoeing the Kickapoo or boating on the Mississippi to...

 

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By Me The substantial lack of original thought on social media is staggering. I used to think that when someone reposted a meme that asked a question that it was actually a search for an answer. Strangely, most often, we don’t want the answer. This...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    September 9, 2020

Essence of Fall Festival on display in Cashton

The Jolly Joiners 4-H scarecrow winners were announced. (ABOVE) Non-traditional: Mario - Mason and Schlesner families. Traditional: Meter Man - Dave Flock Electric LLC. They are on display at the 4-H...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    September 2, 2020

School board approves Cross Country for fall

It has been an anxious summer for school boards across the state. Uncertainty from week to week, and often times from one day to the next, has forced districts to plan not only for what is but what could be, when school is preparing to get up and...

 

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By Me It was February when we found out, right before the pandemic officially hit. A mass in her brain. When Kay Swiggum (Kay Fossum at the time) walked through our door almost 20 years ago she wasn’t a stranger. She was a semi-retired salesperson...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    September 2, 2020

Firefighters offered unique opportunity at Cashton park

If you saw some extreme flames rising from the Cashton park on August 18 and were wondering what was going on, the Cashton firefighters hosted a unique propane emergency training event. Cashton,...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    September 2, 2020

Local food pantry, Cupboard and Closet in need of donations

The volunteers at Cashton Cupboard and Closet kept the shelves stocked and food pantry available throughout the state-wide shut down due to the COVID threat, providing much needed assistance to anybody who needed help. During that time the thrift...

 
 By Paul Fanning    News    September 2, 2020

Joint review board hears plan to fund street improvements

A preliminary meeting of the Cashton Joint Review Board, held Wednesday, August 26, was a first step is clearing a path for several street improvement projects in the village. The proposal is to extend the length of the payback period by three years...

 

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