Snow plow Vs. SUV accident

Home Accident2216

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a two vehicle injury accident that occurred on February 2nd 2016 at approximately 4:00pm. The accident occurred on US Highway 14 near Town Hall Ln between Westby and Coon Valley, in the Town of Coon.
   Dennis J. Purvis, age 44, of rural Viroqua was traveling west on Highway 14 operating a plow truck for the Township of Coon. Brian G. Blatz, age 55, also of rural Viroqua was traveling east on Highway 14 when he began to lose control. Purvis stated Blatz vehicle began fishtailing and crossed the centerline. Purvis could not avoid the SUV and the two vehicles collided in the westbound lane coming to rest just off of the shoulder, with the plow embedded into the SUV.
   Both operators were wearing their seatbelts and airbags were deployed in Blatz vehicle. The Coon Valley Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate Blatz from the drivers seat. Purvis was not injured in the crash and Blatz was transported to Gundersen Health System in Lacrosse with serious injuries.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was the Coon Valley Fire Department, Coon Valley First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.  The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff)

Storm information


Snow buildup in Wauzeka, WI area - AM.  Click on picture for short video.

Update - Feb. 2nd - 3:20 p.m. - Clayton County secondary roads - The plows are back out until 5 pm and will be back out again at 4 am tomorrow. 

February 2, 2016 - at 9:41 a.m. - The Clayton County Secondary Roads Department is pulling all plows off the roadways at this time. Travel is not advised.

If you missed making a snowman,
your chance is coming

Home 005 Steve Burns

With a blizzard expected on Tuesday, they'll be plenty of white stuff to stimulate your creative juices.  Our last storm brought Sandy Burns and her grandson Jordy Burns out for a snowman experience.  They live near the Town of Kickapoo. (Photo by Steve Burns)

Police crack serial burglaries case,
two PdC men arrested

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Prairie du Chien Police Department have been actively investigated several burglaries to enclosed trailers, sheds, and storage units in the Village of Gays Mills, Township of Prairie du Chien, Township of Bridgeport, and City of Prairie du Chien.
   As a result of an extensive investigation, Roman Hertrampf (Age 23) and Joshua Schomacker (Age 33) of Prairie du Chien were arrested in connection with the multiple burglaries in Wisconsin and Iowa. Hertrampf and Schomacker gained entry by cutting paddle locks. Upon gaining entry, they stole chainsaws, saws, drills, air compressors, toolboxes, tools, ladders, nail guns, shop-vacs, carpet cleaners, jacks, trolling motor, fishing equipment, phone, radio, jewelry, and several others items of value.
   Hertrampf and Schomacker were connected to several burglaries in Iowa in the jurisdictions of the Mar Mac Police Department and Monona Police Department. 
   The above cases remain under investigation and efforts are ongoing to gather and return the stolen property to the rightful owners.

Man tracked to secret compartment in attic,
arrested on multiple counts

On Monday, January 25, 2016 at approximately 11:33 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a disturbance at 102 Prospect St in Soldiers Grove. It was reported that the suspect was Steven W. Swadley, age 40 of Readstown.  While Law Enforcement was responding Swadley stole a cell phone from someone inside of the residence and ran off into the woods. Swadley was wanted by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department for Felony Bail Jumping and a Violation of a Domestic Injunction.  
   Deputies arrived on scene from Crawford and Vernon County and started to search the area. K-9 Breck was utilized to assist in the search. K-9 Breck tracked to a nearby abandon residence where deputies observed forced entry through a window. Deputies along with K-9 Breck began searching the interior of the residence, K-9 Breck alerted to the presence of human odor in an upstairs bedroom. Deputies then observed an attic access door in the room. Deputies gained access into the attic. Swadley was located in a void that was concealed above the attic. Swadley was given commands at Taser point at which time he surrendered to Law Enforcement.  
   Swadley was subsequently arrested and turned over to Vernon County Sheriff’s Department. Crawford County has pending charges against Swadley for Trespassing and Resisting/Obstructing Law Enforcement. The cell phone was recovered and returned to the owner.


Sunday, February 14, 2016 

exede 75w
CenturyLink 1wtest
HughesNet 1w
Test Laptop

Residential &

Test cctv

Security &

MyPC logo 5h

212 W. Oak Street, Boscobel, WI 53805


High: 23, Low: 18
Snow, 70%, 1-3”

High: 37, Low: 24

National Weather Service

Search Engines

DuckDuckGo logo Pipe

Letters to the Editor
Walker out of race - yea!










Levels (ft)






@ 7 a.m.







Dam 9






































Kickapoo Ramblings
Home Cynthia 1



You've got a Friend

A Daily Smile

Yippee!  I woke up!

Why retirees are always so happy.

Breaking News List

If you would like to be notified via e-mail of Breaking News, send your e-mail address to (Midwest News).

Your e-mail address will not be shown,
or used for any other purpose.

Short video clips by
Midwest News Productions

Enjoy a small collection of
art & entertainment videos made to explore creativity and enhance skills

Video Archives
Tip -
(Click on the HD icon in the lower right corner to toggle it to SD for uninterrupted playback if you are having trouble with starting and stopping.  Either way, you may watch in full screen).

Video - Two girls killed in house fire
Video- A Driftless Christmas
Video - Strange Happenings in the Driftless area
Video - Fall 2015
Video - PdC annual Mud Run - 2015
Video - PdC - St. Feriole Memorial Gardens
Video - Freight train derails in Prairie du Chien
Video - PdC Fire Dept. torches 2 houses in town
Video - American Queen visits PdC
Video - A ride on the Cassville ferry
Video - Why & how children die in overheated cars?
Video - Area storms wreck havoc, June 2015
Video - Crossing Rivers Hospital Grand Opening
Video - Search continues along WI River for child
Video - PdC St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015
Video - Sleigh rides in the park
Video - Montfort murder-suicide press conference
Video - Boscobel holiday carolers

Past Video Archives


Hot Pixs!

If you see news happening,  let us know
(608-476-2241), (e-mail)
or send us your pictures to share with our viewers.
If you have a question, please contact us. 
Please stay safe and legal.

Browser Refresh

Most browsers need to be enabled to refresh every time you access a website if you want the latest information. 

On Firefox it is a mystery how that is done, but you can always push F5 to receive the latest news.

Find more about Weather in Prairie Du Chien, WI
Click for weather forecast

Contact your Congressman

Like us on Facebook     facebook


Copyright, Midwest News, 2001- 2016