Politics aside, the President's National Emergency
declaration is not good

By Dave Collins -
Our Congressmen took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution.  They should not stand-by while the President shreds the Constitution and by-passes Congress.  It is only a short additional step before the President takes all power and moves into the area of dictatorship.
   Our Congressmen should put their oath of office before their political party, and veto or do whatever they can to restore the proper balance of power between the branches of government.
   If patriotism and their oath to defend the U.S. Constitution are not enough, perhaps pure political self interest might motivate their actions.  Consider that when Democrats eventually take over the White House, think of what they might call a 'National Emergency', such as Climate Change (which does require emergency action) or gun control, or a dozen other pet items.
   This is not about the ‘Wall’ or 5 billion dollars.  Our democracy is at risk!  The Supreme Court is already stacked with Trump's judges, with perhaps more to come before Trump leaves office.  If he can ignore Congress then it only takes one more baby step before we have a dictator.

Man seen running from property with rifle,
blood in snow

On February 14, 2019 at approximately 12:27 pm the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Lancaster Police Department responded to a report of some suspicious activity at a residence on S Wilson St near W Cherry St located in the Township of South Lancaster.        The reporting party had just returned home to find an individual running from their back yard to a vehicle parked on the road. The subject was observed carrying a rifle with a scope. As deputies arrived on scene a large amount of blood was discovered in the snow in the back yard as well as in the area of the suspect's foot prints.
   The suspect vehicle was described as a black Chevy Impala and left the area in an unknown direction.  Several officers and agencies assisted in attempting to locate the suspect vehicle but ultimately it was not located. At this time it is unknown if the blood located at the scene is human or not and this case remains under investigation.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this matter by the Lancaster Police Department, Mineral Point Police Department, and the Iowa County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with any information regarding this matter is encouraged to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office or Grant County Crime Stoppers.

Fire destroys home, family escapes, firemen freeze

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Coon Valley Fire Chief Russ Cornford, and Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports at 2:48am, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a house fire at S1428 Ernies Ln, rural Chaseburg. 
   43-year-old Jamie R. Lunde and 35-year-old Jennifer L. Hanson were both home with their two children at the time of the fire.  All four occupants along with the family dog were able to get [out] of the house safely. 
   Seven local fire departments were dispatched to the fire.  Units were on scene for over 9 hours battling frigid wind chill temperatures as low as -40-degrees. The structure was less than a year old and is considered a complete loss.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 
   Agencies assisting the Coon Valley Fire Department on scene included:The Westby Fire Dept, Viroqua Fire Dept, Genoa Fire Dept, Stoddard Fire Dept, Cashton Fire Dept, Shelby Fire Dept, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Vernon County Highway Dept, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Vernon County Emergency Management, Coon Valley Public Works Dept, and the American Red Cross.  (Photo courtesy Vernon Co. Sheriff’s Office) 

Power outage in Mineral Point/Linden area

Update - 8:33 a.m. - Alliant has advised that the majority of affected customers have power restored. If you are still w/o power & have not reported it be sure to call 800-255-4268
7 a.m. January 30 - We have reports of a power outage affecting Mineral Point and Linden area. Alliant is working on the issue.

Hillsboro woman found deceased outside

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears reports the death of Tammy L. Johnson a 47 year old female from Hillsboro, WI.  In the early morning hours of January 25th, 2019 Tammy L. Johnson was found deceased outside of her residence.
The death was reported to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at approx. 7:023 a.m.  The death was investigated and at this time no foul play is suspected.  Picha’s Funeral Home of Hillsboro is providing services to the family.

PdC closes all non-essential services early today

Update - Due to the extreme temperature forecast for Wednesday, January 30th all City of Prairie du Chien non-essential services (City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Library, Streets, Water and Sewer) will be closed. All emergencies should be directed to the Crawford County Communication Center at 608-326-2421. City personnel will be available on emergency basis only.
   All programming for Hoffman Hall will be closed which includes, all pool programs, Yoga, Bingo, Tai Chi, open gym and adult volleyball leagues.
   Due to the closure we will accept tax payments through February 1, 2019.
   The public will have police and fire personnel 24 hours a day in case of an emergency or assistance is needed.
   Town & Country pick up services for Wednesday have been cancelled. They will take extra trash next Wednesday if needed stacked next to the tote.  For additional questions contact them at 608-375-5856.

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 9:30 P.M. - Due to the current weather forecast for Tuesday, January 29th all City of Prairie du Chien non-essential services will close by 2 P.M. 
   Mayor Dave Hemmer, City Administrator Chad Abram and staff will meet tomorrow and discuss Wednesday and Thursday and evaluate additional closings on those days.
   All emergencies for non-essential services after 2 P.M. should be directed to the Crawford County Communication Center at 608-326-2421 and they will contact personnel from city departments (City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Library, Streets, Water and Sewer) under this closure if needed. 
   The public will have police and fire personnel 24 hours a day in case of an emergency or assistance is needed.
   Thank you for understanding and we will send out any updates as they occur.
Mayor Dave Hemmer

Fatal house fire

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at approximately 9:09 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a structure fire on Kress Lane, Paris Township. The Dickeyville / Paris Fire Department was paged to the scene and assisted by the Jamestown, Lancaster, Cuba City and Potosi Fire Departments.
   Weiderholt Excavating also assisted at the scene. Once the fire was contained a body was discovered inside the residence.  The investigation revealed the fire started from a wood stove which was inside the residence.
   The victim's name is being held until the autopsy is complete and proper identification is made.

Highland State Bank robbed - suspect at large

Update - The Blue/Grey Honda mini-van has been located.
Highland, WI - January 25, 2019 - The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office filed the following report: We just had a armed robbery at The Highland State a Bank at  approximately 3 pm. Suspect vehicle is a blue mini van plate 686mxh.  One African American male wearing a ski mask. If you see this vehicle please  call 911 and do not approach.



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