Open letter to the Village of Marquette

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Dear Village of Marquette officials,
I would like to share with you  fine folks something that has bothered me for several years.
   During your river town’s flea market events, on holiday weekends I have walked thru the town park with my spouse, children & grandchildren. I have been appalled to see Confederate battle flags flying proudly by a vender. This vender is not only on public property he is just feet away from the veteran’s memorials. Civil War volunteers  from Marquette are named in granite. This is outrageous.
   As I’m sure you are aware not only did the state of Iowa chose to stay in the Union during the Civil War many from Clayton County shed their blood for the cause. Those men from the local units of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) would also be appalled to witness these flags on public property.
   Today our society has decided that the Confederate battle flag belongs in museums. As we teach our grandchildren tolerance and history I would hope that you instruct this particular vender that these offensive flags not fly on your municipal property.
   Over the last several decades I have personally relocated two “lost” Civil War tombstones in Clayton County.
   Jefferson Davies who was the President of the Confederate States spent several years here as a Lieutenant in the US Army at Fort Crawford. This area is very rich in history and it does not include these hateful Confederate flags flying freely on town property.
   In closing, my family first arrived in Marquette in the 1850s. I was born & raised in Marquette, I care about my little hometown and it’s image.
Thank you for addressing this issue.
Timothy Mason

McGregor woman drives car into river, dog dies

Lansing, Iowa - On August 14, 2017 at 5:25 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person that had driven into the Mississippi River off of Front Street in Lansing.
   Michelle Rose Timmons, age 51 of McGregor, Iowa, had driven her car into the river.  Timmons was able to escape from the vehicle and swam towards the shore line.  Bystanders were able to assist Timmons out of the water.
   Timmons then left the scene.  Bystanders went to the Lansing Fire Station and advised firemen that Timmons had drive her vehicle into the water.
   Timmons was later located and taken into custody and transported to Veterans Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Timmons was not injured in the incident, and will be held for evaluation.
   The vehicle was retrieved from the water at approx. 10:30 p.m.  A dog was located deceased inside the vehicle as a result of drowning.  The incident remains under investigation by the Lansing Police Dept., and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.  Charges are pending in this incident.

Helicopter crashes in City of Westby

The Westby Police Department reports that on August 14, 2017 a helicopter being flown by 27-year-old, Jonathan F. Wanda of Harvard, Illinois struck a power line with the rear tail rotor.  The tail rotor was ripped away from the helicopter causing it spin and eventually crash in a field south of Nordic Lanes in the City of Westby. 
   The pilot was uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for precautions.  The crash is still under investigation by the FAA and Westby Police Department.  Assisting at the Scene was the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department, the Westby Fire Department, Westby First Responders and Tri-State Ambulance.

Five people injured, two deaths in boating accident

Update - The names of the two remaining passengers are have been released and shown in bold type below.
Update -
The missing person, identified as Kevin Lee Hanson, age 47, of Mabel, MN, was recovered from the water at 4:27 PM and pronounced dead by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office, with assistance by the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, August 14th, in Madison, WI.
The investigation continues.

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears and Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett report a boating crash occurred Saturday afternoon, August 12, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM.  The crash occurred on the Mississippi River, in the main navigation channel, in the town of Bergen, Vernon County, WI, just south of Brownsville, MN.
   A 32-foot, 10-passenger pleasure craft was traveling south and struck a concrete navigational marker, or day marker, directly across from the Wildcat Campground and boat landing.  The boat’s stern was submerged and the bow went vertical. 
   There were a total of seven occupants, including the operator when the crash occurred.  Diana Lynn Klankowski, age 56, of Spring Grove, MN was transported to the shore, by a private craft, and pronounced dead at 6:34 PM.  She was transported to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester, MN for an autopsy.
   Gerald Wayne Ladsten, age 57, also of Spring Grove, MN was transported to Gundersen Health System, in La Crosse, by Tri-State Ambulance and later released.
An adult female, whose name will be released at a later time, was transported to the nearest helicopter landing zone by Caledonia Ambulance and flown to Gundersen Health System by Med-Link Air. (Sonya Ann Burkikel, age 47, of Spring Grove, MN)
   Robert Alf Klankowski, age 52, of Spring Grove, MN was transported to Gundersen Health System by Tri-State Ambulance.
   Tracy Lynn Peterson, age 40, of Spring Grove, MN was transported to Gundersen Health System, by Sparta Ambulance, to Gundersen Health System.
   An adult male, whose name will be released at a later time was transported to Gundersen Health System, also by Sparta Ambulance. (Wynn Dean Ristau, age 41, of Preston, MN)
Editor’s note - This article has been amended to show Tracy Perterson age as 40, not 50 as previously reported.

Van injurers 7 people in tent,
Fennimore driver charged with OMVI

On Saturday, August 12, at 10:18 pm., the Grant County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the River Of Lakes campground, Village of Bagley, for a motor vehicle that struck a tent
with seven people inside.
   Stacy M. Smith (32) Fennimore, was operating a 2007 Ford Freestyle AWD, SUV and was traveling south on campground road, when she attempted to make a left turn.  Smith lost control of her vehicle.
  Smith’s vehicle came to a rest after hitting a tent that contained seven people inside. Smith then backed over the tent again.
   Smith was arrested for OMVI causing great bodily harm with a motor vehicle. Smith's vehicle was removed by B&M's from Bloomington.
   The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bagley First Responders, 2 Bloomington Rescue squads, 2 Cassville Rescue, Lancaster Rescue and Tri-State Rescue from Prairie Du Chien, two med flight helicopters from UW Hospital Madison and Air Care 3, Dubuque.
   Colin D. Obrien (25) Milwaukee, Alex C. Kindness (25) Milwaukee, Marissa E. Marti (24) Milwaukee and Richard Q. Franklin (28) Milwaukee, were transported to Crossing River Hospital in Prairie Du Chien. Obrien and Kindness were airlifted to Madison.
   Marti & Franklin were admitted in at Crossing River Hospital. The injuries are unknown. Brian J. Walzak (25) Milwaukee, Marcou and Nathan C. Deicher (26) Milwaukee, were transported to Grant Regional Hospital in Lancaster. Walzak was airlifted to Madison.
Marcou and Deicher were admitted in at Grant Regional Hospital. Injuries to all the victims are unknown at this moment.

Suicidal man points pistol at sons, fires into the
air before running into the woods

On 8/6/2017 at 0313 am Richland County Sheriff's Dept. received a call reporting a suicidal man with a 9mm pistol at 15716 Co. H. The suspect had been drinking vodka when he was involved in a physical domestic incident with his son.

   The suspect pointed the pistol at his son and told him there was a round in the chamber. The suspect had fired numerous rounds into the woods outside of the residence. The suspect made suicidal statements to his two sons and his mother, including he would commit "suicide by cop."

   The suspect fled with the 9mm into the woods on the 320 acre property.  Richland Co. Sheriffs deputies and a Richland Center police officer responded and established a perimeter along surrounding roads.  A Vernon Co. Sheriff deputy assisted, and the WI State Patrol responded with an airplane.

   At 0621 am  the suspect returned to the residence and was banging on the door. Richland Co. deputies approached and took the suspect into custody.

   Charges include: Intimidation of victim 940.45(3); felon in possession of a firearm 941.29(1)(b), endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon 941.20(1)(a); operate or go armed with a firearm while under the influence of intoxicant 941.20(1)(b); disorderly conduct 947.01, battery 940.19.



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