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Forfeitures ordered in illegal cattle shipment case

MADISON, Wisconsin – July 25, 2014 - A Wisconsin farmer and an Iowa cattle buyer were ordered to pay civil forfeitures totaling more than $1,500 for importing cattle into Wisconsin without a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), says the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
   Roger C. Vogt, a farmer from Glen Haven, Wisconsin, and Duane VanderVeen, a cattle buyer and owner of Westview Cattle Company headquartered in Harris, Iowa, have agreed to pay forfeitures to the Grant County Court as a result of a nearly year-long investigation that began in August 2013.  Michigan Department of Agriculture authorities contacted Minnesota Board of Animal Health when they determined that tuberculosis (TB) exposed calves had been shipped from Westview Cattle Company’s gathering facility in Reading, Michigan to Minnesota and Iowa.  Further investigation by Minnesota revealed that 666 head of cattle had instead been diverted to Vogt’s farm in Wisconsin during July and October of 2012 and held there for several months.
   “Any TB affected cattle or cattle from a TB affected herd pose a risk of infecting Wisconsin cattle and since TB is a very costly disease with possible human health risks, we want to keep it out of Wisconsin,” says Dr. Paul McGraw, Wisconsin state veterinarian.
   Wisconsin law requires that a CVI must be completed prior to interstate shipments of cattle destined for Wisconsin.  The cattle were not eligible to enter Wisconsin since they did not have a negative tuberculosis test, official identification and valid CVIs.
   “Our animal health laws are in place to protect animals, humans and the livestock industry,” McGraw said. “Most importers follow the rules, but disease has no borders so we have to make every effort to control entry into our state.”
   These cattle had already been shipped to their destination farms in Minnesota and Iowa by the time Wisconsin authorities were notified that the cattle had been in Wisconsin for several months.  Since then, follow-up TB testing was done on Vogt’s remaining cattle and all tests were negative for TB.
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The lazy days of Summer

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Mom takes her brood on a tour through the lily pads.

Hot weather comes with a warning

ReadyWisconsin is urging residents to take precautions against hot and humid conditions over the next several days. High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80’s and 90’s along with high humidity on Tuesday. The heat index will peak in the 95 to 100 degree range tomorrow.
   The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could lead to heat illnesses. Given the cool summer we’ve experienced so far, these conditions may lead to a high risk of heat related stress and illness. This is especially true of the young and elderly, and those without air conditioning.
   Here are some tips to keep you, your family and friends safe:
    Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine.
    Slow down and limit physical activity.
    Stay in an air conditioned room especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.
    Check on relatives and neighbors who may be isolated and not aware of the heat dangers. In 2013, 11 Wisconsin residents suffered heat-related deaths. Many of those victims had limited contact with the outside world.
    Never leave people or pets inside a parked car.
    If you need a cooling center in Crawford County, please call Gloria Wall at Public Health 608-326-0230
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Boscobel Rescue Squad to begin billing for services

Boscobel, WI - July 13, 2014 - Over the years, the costs required to run our Ambulance Service have grown dramatically and equipment we purchased years ago is going to need to be replaced shortly. It is because of these added costs, we no longer have a choice but to begin billing for services.

Another La Crosse man lost to river

Update - An autopsy examination lead to the La Crosse County Medical Examiner’s Office to rule the preliminary Cause of Death as Drowning, with the Manner of Death classified as an Accident.  There were no signs of trauma or injuries and no evidence of foul play.
Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks, these are preliminary autopsy findings.

As reported earlier in a Press Release

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 between 11:00PM and midnight, Shalim Augustine was with a group of friends who docked their boat at the landing behind Powerhouse Marine at 518 Logan Street in La Crosse. 
   Augustine left the area on foot, walking southbound through the parking lot towards Copeland Park.  Augustine did not return home and did not show up at work the next day.
   Augustine, a 23 year old La Crosse resident, is 5’09″, 145 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. Augustine was last seen wearing a pink button-up shirt, tan cargo shorts, black sandals, and black sunglasses.

Search and Body Recovered Today (July 11, 2014):
The report of this disappearance started an extensive search to include Police and Fire Personnel, Family and Friends, and many different types of special resources to include personnel and equipment (K-9 and help from the La Crosse Dive Unit and Bruce’s Legacy - Underwater Sonar).
Tonight at approx. 6:10pm, Mr. Augustine was located on the Black River to the north of his last observed location on the night he went missing.  There were no visible signs of trauma, and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Madison.
   This is an active an ongoing death investigation, and the La Crosse Police Department needs your help.  If you have any information related to this case, if you observed anyone matching Mr. Augustine’s description near Copland Park or walking in the Copeland Ave, or Rose St. vicinity on Tuesday, July 8th or later into the morning hours of Wednesday, July 9th please call the La Crosse Police Department at (608) 785-5962.

Local USDA to conduct producer informational
 meetings covering 2014 FARM BILL updates

Prairie du Chien, WI, July 8, 2014: The Crawford County USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will be conducting producer informational meetings to review the 2014 Farm Bill.  Four meeting locations in Crawford County have been scheduled. 
   Thursday, July 17, 2014 – Gays Mills, WI;  Village Hall Community Center Board Room just      off Route 131 north edge of Gays Mills, WI.
   Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Wauzeka, WI;  Century Hall, Village Hall Board Room
   Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Seneca, WI;  Crawford County Highway Department, Highway 27      just south of Seneca.
   Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Ferryville, WI;  Ferryville Village Hall
All meetings are scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon or 7:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m.  in the evening. 
   Interested persons may choose the location and time most convenient for them.  The meetings will cover producer eligibility, Livestock Disaster Programs, Conservation Reserve Program, Price Loss Coverage Program, Agricultural Risk Coverage Program, just to name a few.  Interested persons are encouraged to attend, anyone needing special assistance or accommodations should contact the Prairie du Chien, WI USDA Service Center, 37500 US Hwy 18 Ste 2, Prairie du Chien, WI or telephone: 608-326-7179 Ext 2, for FSA.

Man threatens to kill family, shoots near them

On July 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM Grant County Deputies responded 6146 Brewery Hollow Rd, Cassville, WI for a report of a domestic disturbance that involved a man discharging a handgun during an argument with his fiancÚ’. 
   Through the investigation, deputies learned that David McNerney, age 44 from Cassville, and his fiancÚ’ had been involved in an argument while in Eastman, WI (Crawford County).  While they were on their way home, McNerney stated he would kill his fiance`, their son, himself, and their dog when they got home. 
   When they got to their house on Brewery Hollow Rd, McNerney got a handgun from his gun safe, loaded it, and fired it multiple times in the ground between him and where his fiance` and their 5 year old son were standing.  Deputies also found that David was intoxicated when this all occurred. 
   David was arrested for 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Going Armed w/ A Firearm While Intoxicated, and Domestic Disorderly Conduct.  McNerney was transported to the Grant County Jail where he is being held without bond until an appearance in front of a judge.  The Grant County Sheriff`s Office was assisted in this matter by The Cassville Police Department.


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