WIS 35 now open to through traffic
between DeSoto and Genoa

Highway 35 has been opened to through between De Soto and Genoa in Vernon County.  Motorists should slow down and expect traffic barrels and cones along the highway right-of-way where debris has been moved.
   For the latest information on driving conditions, incident alerts and road closures, visit 511 Wisconsin online at www.511wi.gov, or call 511.

Crawford Co. issues emergency weather bulletin

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Ride along for a video tour of the flooding in Steuben, Gays Mills & Soldiers Grove.

From viewers - 4:16 p.m. -FYI  Rush Creek Rd near Ferryville is impassible at numerous places along this road. This is from both Hwy 35 and County B.  No electric this way.. running on generator.  They are (3:45) sandbagging at Jo's bar in Steuben now..
Crawford County WI - September 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. - The following roads are closed due to flooding: Hwy. 35 at De Soto.  Hwy. 131 at Gays Mills.  Hwy. 131 at Soldiers Grove.  County C to Hwy. 27.  County C, 27 to 131.  County B, 27-171.
   Please do not call the Sheriff’s Dispatch line.
Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
The following highway locations are currently closed:
Columbia County
WIS 127, Portage to Wisconsin Dells
Crawford County
WIS 35, north of County B
WIS 131, Soldiers Grove
WIS 131, Gays Mills
WIS 131, Steuben
WIS 171, Gays Mills
WIS 171, east of Gays Mills
Monroe County
WIS 131, Ontario
Richland County
WIS 56, east of Viola
WIS 131, Viola
Vernon County
WIS 14, Readstown
WIS 35, County UU, Victory
WIS 131/56, LaFarge
WIS 162, Chaseburg

Gays Mills man gets 15 years for
 child pornography

MADISON, WIS., September 21, 2016 - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ricky Olson, 58, Gays Mills, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 15 years in federal prison, to be followed by 20 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography. Olson pleaded guilty to this charge on April 6, 2016.
   The investigation revealed that Olson used a false persona to create fake email addresses and fake accounts on Snapchat.com, which he used to contact a 12-year-old child. Olson then requested and received sexually explicit images and videos of the child via Snapchat and email, which he distributed to others via the Internet. Olson also sent the child obscene images of himself.
   The conviction of Olson is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

Man charged in 3 year old assault case

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation for the past three years has been actively investigating the assault of Joshua Milligan (Age 30) of Dubuque, Iowa. In July of 2013, Joshua Milligan was assaulted while attending the Rock on the River concert event in the Township of Bridgeport. 
   The assault took place in the camp ground area of the event.  Milligan was found alone and unconscious with apparent head injuries.  During the lengthy investigation it was learned that Milligan and an acquaintance Anthony Runde (Age 34) also from Dubuque, Iowa, were both at the Rock on the River concert.  Runde and Milligan apparently had a grudge against each other stemming from an incident that had occurred in Dubuque.  Investigators believe that the two meet in the camp ground area where Runde struck Milligan in the head causing severe brain trauma.
   On Friday, September 9th, 2016, a Grand Jury in Crawford County, Wisconsin issued an indictment for Anthony Runde (Age 34) of Dubuque, Iowa, on charges of Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide and Aggravated Battery with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm.
   Following the indictment, Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Rider signed a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Runde.
   On Tuesday, September 14th, 2016, the Dubuque Police Department apprehended Anthony Runde on the above charges. Anthony Runde currently remains in custody at the Dubuque County Jail awaiting transportation to the Crawford County Jail.
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department would like to public thank the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and Dubuque Police Department for their assistance in this ongoing investigation.   (Original story)

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”One-pot” meth lab found in residence

Richland County, WI - On September 10, 2016 a search warrant was executed at the residence at 18677 STH 60 in Eagle Township. During the search it was found that a “one-pot” Methamphetamine (meth) lab had been operational.
   The following suspects were taken into custody:
   Robert J.E. Schoener, 26, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Manufacture/Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and misdemeanor Bail Jumping.
   Stephen J. Szuflita, 40, of Eagle Township was arrested on the tentative charges of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and multiple counts of felony Bail Jumping.
   Regina M. Heather, 42, of Richland Center was arrested on the tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and felony Bail Jumping.
   Bruce Travis, 34 of Orion, was arrested on tentative charges of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and a probation violation.
   Sheriff Jim Bindl stated that this is another example that methamphetamine use continues to be a problem in our community.

Oklahoma earthquake felt in La Crosse

Update - Hi Dave - I live on Kickapoo Valley Road in Steuben WI. I  just read your story about the earthquake being felt in Lacrosse. At  about 7:05 AM on 9-3, I noticed my bed moving a bit. I thought maybe my dog was laying on the floor next to my bed moving it but he was not, so I to feel that this was the effects of the earthquake in Oklahoma.  Trish Bruegmann
La Crosse, WI - September 3, 2016 - The 5.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Pawnee, Okla. that happened at 7:02 a.m. this morning was also felt in La Crosse over 700 miles away.
   The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center reported that they felt a slight shifting.  They also received several calls from residents reporting shaking, including Gundersen Health System and Mayo clinic.  No damage to property has been reported.
   This earthquake will certainty draw more attention to the practice of pumping wastewater from natural gas and oil drilling under high pressure deep underground.

Fall is creeping around our door

Begin Fall

Driftless Area - September 1, 2016 - As many of us watch out our windows we begin to see the first tinges of fall creeping into our landscape.  Just a few leaves touched with color, a certain dryness to the leaves even though we had lots of rain lately.  There is no mistaking it.  As the new L.L.Bean catalog states on its cover, ‘Finally Fall’  For those of us that love this season, we understand that sentiment.  Watch this short one minute video to see some of the first seasonal changes. 

 

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