Train Vs Car Accident

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a car vs train accident. On Monday January 14th, 2019 at 5:46 pm, a vehicle driven by Jaimy A. Weber age 42, of Ferryville was traveling south on Highway 35 north of Stoddard in the Township of Bergen. The vehicle driven by Jaimy lost control due to weather conditions and traveled down the embankment and came to rest on the railroad tracks.
   Shortly after Jaimy exited the vehicle a Burlington northern train came northbound on the tracks and struck the vehicle. The vehicle was thrown about 40 yards from where it originally came to rest. Nobody from the accident reported any injuries.
   Assisting at the accident was Stoddard First Responders, Stoddard Fire Department, Burlington Northern Police, and Burlington Northern Representatives.  The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatality in skid steer accident

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 6:06 P.M., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a male vs skid steer accident on Fritsche Ln, in the Township of Eastman. It was reported that a male was smashed by the skid steer.
   Blas (pronounced-bless) E. Cuahutzihua, age 45, of Mexico, was operating a 2054 Mustang skid steer. Blas had the hydraulic arms of the skid steer raised in the air. Blas exited the cab and was presumed to be attempting to clean the foot control pedals. Blas did not engage the safety locks that hold the hydraulic arms in place. While clearing the foot controls the hydraulic arms were engaged and closed on Blas. Blas was pinned between the cab and the arms of the skid steer. A co-worker heard Blas and came to his aid.
   Blas was transported from the scene to meet with Med Flight. Due to the extent of injuries Blas passed away before being transferred to Med Flight.
   Assisting on the scene was Eastman First Responders, Eastman Fire Department, Tri State Regional EMS, Tri State Ambulance, Med Flight and the Crawford County Coroner.  

A balm for our frayed nerves

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Some scenes are just too timely, and beautiful to pass without taking a picture.  They speak to a steadier time and place offering a nostalgic connection to the past.  In today's contentious, chaotic time, we need that.  (photo by Dave Collins, MWNews).

Police ask for help in finding missing teen

Clayton County, Iowa - January 12,  2019 - The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing/endangered minor.  Jody A. Palmer was last seen around midnight on January 5, 2019 and reported missing at 1:19 p.m. 
   Information collected by the Sheriff’s Office suggests Jody traveled east out of the State of Iowa.   However, it is possible she may be attempting to travel to the State of California.  Any information is helpful and can be reported to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at 563-245-2422 or email 

Update - The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations continues to investigate the missing person’s investigation of 16-year-old Jody Ann Palmer of rural Colesburg, IA.  Anyone having contact or communication with Jody in the weeks prior to January 5th are asked to contact Sgt. Brent Ostrander at 563-245-2422.  Unfortunately, there are no additional details to release.

Vernon County Teen Missing

LA FARGE, Wis. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 -
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   The La Farge Police Department needs your help locating a missing teenager, Sierra Hohneke. She is from La Farge and was last seen Sunday evening, January 6th, at 8PM. She is actively evading detection by law enforcement. If you see her, please call your local law enforcement or the Vernon County Sheriff's Office at 608-637-2123, or email

   She is known to have friends and family in or around La Farge, Viroqua, Hillsboro, and La Crosse. Help us bring her home safe.
   Vernon County Sheriff's Office Viroqua Police Department City of Hillsboro, WICity of La Crosse Police Department

Arrest made in passing counterfeit $100 bills

On 1/6/19 Muscoda Police were notified of counterfeit $100.00 bills that were passed at 2 businesses in the Village of Muscoda. 36 year old Michael D. Streiff of Spring Green was identified by video as the person who passed both bills.
   On the evening of January 8, 2019 Richland Center PD had contact with Streiff and he was arrested on the Muscoda Charges. During a search of Streiff’s vehicle several other counterfeit $100.00 bills were found.
   Streiff has been charged in Grant County Circuit court with 2 counts Forgery, a class H Felony and 4 counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.
   I would like to point out that the bills that were passed in this case were obvious forgeries. Clerks must remain vigilant and inspect any bills that are given to them.
Chief of Police Bill Schramm.

A link to holidays past

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Sometimes we need to keep a link to the past, the way things were, the memories of our loved ones, and a simpler time.  The nostalgia keeps our hearts soft and warm.
This scene was created by Deanna Shimpach of rural Wauzeka.  Deanna does interior decorating along with bookkeeping.  The truck pictured was her Great Uncles, which he bought new.  Deanna can be reach at 391-0383 if you like some decorating assistance.



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