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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle accident on March 14, 2018. The accident occurred at approximately 2:50 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 82 and State Highway 56 east of Viroqua, WI in the Town of Viroqua.
   Donald R. Sorenson age 65 of Wonewoc,WI was heading westbound on State Highway 82 when he stated his brakes failed, he traveled through the intersection, left the roadway, and struck a building owned by Sheldon Auto Wrecking Company. In the vehicle was Beverly A. Sorenson age 75, Jessica M. Foster age 27, and Gary L. Nichols age 41 all of Hillsboro, WI.
   All occupants sustained minor injuries and were transported by Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital.
   Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Viroqua Fire Department, Viola Ambulance Service, and Tri-State Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.  (Photo courtesy of Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Potato famine forever changed both
Ireland and America

Irish famine

“Black ’47” Was the Worst of the Disaster
By Tom Emery
Though the people of Ireland are known for their engaging manner, the history of the nation is rife with sadness.  The infamous potato famine, however, stands alone.
   The worst year of the famine, 1847, was so stark that it was dubbed “Black ’47” for its horror. The famine was the most severe in Europe in the nineteenth century and decimated the Irish population and economy, forever changing the demographic of both Ireland and the United States.
   “At least one and a half million died as a result of the famine, and roughly the same number left for the U.S., Canada, and England,” said Dr. Natasha Casey, a native of Ireland and faculty member in English and Communications at Blackburn College. “Even these estimates are staggering.”
   The potato famine is traced to a blight that arrived from North America in 1845 and, coupled with an unusually wet year in Ireland, had devastating consequences. (Continue)

A gathering of eagles

Eagles Walker

Delbert Walker went for a drive on Sunday March 11, 2018, along Highway K north of Prairie du Chien.  He counted 130 eagles in the trees, and a lot more on the ice. (all photos by Delbert Walker)

Celebrate Springs arrival at Frank’s Hill

MUSCODA, WI - Bid farewell to winter and welcome spring by observing the vernal equinox amongst the ancient effigy mounds at Frank’s Hill near Muscoda.  The Three Eagles Foundation will welcome people to observe the sunrises and sunsets from Saturday through Wednesday, March 17th to 21st, in recognition of the changing of the seasons. 
   Spring officially begins at 11:15 a.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, March 20th.  Representatives of the Three Eagles Foundation will be on Hill East on Sunday evening for the sunset. Frank’s Hill will be open to the public for self-guided tours on all other days.   The sunrise/sunset observations are subject to suitable weather conditions.  A short hike will be required to the top of the hill that offers a stunning view of the lower Wisconsin River valley. 
   Guests should arrive by 6:15 a.m. for sunrise or 6:15 p.m. or earlier to observe the sunset.  The site is located 2 miles west of Muscoda near the intersection of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 193.  Park well off the road on the shoulder and enter by the gate.

Boy kicked in head by horse

On March 4, 2018 at approximately 5:42pm the Crawford County Communications Center received a 911 call about an 11 year old boy who had been kicked in the head by a horse at 41278 Hilltop Lane in the township of Scott.
   An investigation was conducted and determined the horse was tied up inside a barn on the property. The boy was riding a stand up scooter behind the horse when it became spooked. The horse backed up and kicked, striking the boy in the head above his right eye. The blunt force initially knocked the boy unconscious but he eventually regained consciousness while on scene.
   The boy was transported by med flight to UW Madison. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. 
   Assisting on scene was the Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel Rescue Squad, Scott Township First Responders and UW Med Flight.



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