Crossing Rivers Medical Center's Grand Opening

Prairie du Chien, WI – Saturday, June 6, 2015 -This is the day that has been long anticipated, the Grand Opening of the new Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center across from the airport.  The new $50 million, 137,000-square-foot facility provides a state-of-the-art patient-centered healing environment. 
   Some of the highlights include; enhanced emergency services, private patient suites with showers, state-of-the-art surgery department, including two surgical suites, pre-operative and recovery suites, a spacious rehabilitation and therapy department, installed MRI scanner replacing the mobile unit, and updated CT scanner, plus an improved dining area.
   Join Sasha Dull, chief development officer, and Midwest News for an exclusive video tour of this new facility.

New details of arrested suspect

Update - During the search and arrest of Thomas Andrew Cannon,
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age 32 of West Union on 6/15/2015 an investigation found Cannon had stolen a firearm from a residence, assaulted a female and was in possession of a firearm as a felon.
   During the investigation it was learned that Cannon in the early morning hours had assaulted his girlfriend causing injury and was charged with domestic abuse assault.   After Cannon was placed in custody on the escape charge a search was conducted of Cannons vehicle and he was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm. This firearm was reported stolen this date to the Sheriff’s Office.
   Cannon was also charged with theft in the third degree, an aggravated Misdemeanor and possession of a firearm as a felon, a class “D” felony. Cannon was also charged with escape from custody for failing to return from a court ordered furlough and attempting to flee the state to avoid apprehension. Cannon is now in custody at the Fayette County Jail on these charges.

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Waukon, Iowa - On 6/15/2015 the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received information that a white Cadillac matching the description of a vehicle operated by a wanted subject out of Fayette County was observed in Allamakee County. The vehicle was located by Deputies at a residence on Lycurgus Road.

   At 1:47 p.m., Tom Cannon (age 30) of West Union was taken into custody. Cannon was found in a trailer house on Lycurgus Road where he had entered the trailer without permission. Cannon was taken into custody without incident. Cannon has been returned to Fayette County where is currently being held.

   Cannon had recently been sentenced in Fayette County on a sexual abuse charge and was expected to show up at the Fayette County Jail on 6/15/2015, but had cut off an ankle GPS monitoring device and was in violation of his sentence. Cannon was also to be considered armed and dangerous.

   Assisting at the scene was the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Waukon Police Department and Iowa Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

Area storms bring hail, flash flooding

June 22, 2015 – Thunderstorms swept the area just as people were starting their day.  High winds, lightning, heavy rains, and in some places hail.  Before it was over sheds were overturned, houses damaged, power-lines downed, roads blocked by fallen trees, and area forests had many trees bent in homage to the passing storm.
   In Crawford County there was a lot of damage in the Wauzeka, Steuben area.  In Grant County, Lancaster and Cassville received the most damage.
Update - From Crawford Co. Sheriff -
Heavy Rain, High Winds and Hail caused extensive damage throughout Crawford County Monday Morning June 22, 2015.  Homes were damaged with one mobile home considered destroyed.  Roofs damage, widows and siding damage due to trees being blown over.  A number of power poles were down and roads closed due to trees and flooding.

   Anyone with building damage to report may call Crawford County Emergency Management at 608- 326-0266.

   Gloria Wall, Public Health reminds private well owners to have their wells tested if they were flooded.  Test Kits and more information is available at Crawford County Public Health  608-326-0230.

RATING:                 EF-0
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             JUN 22 2015
START TIME:             850 AM CDT
START LAT/LON:          43.1375 / -90.8889

END DATE:               JUN 22 2015
END TIME:               852 AM CDT
END LAT/LON:            43.1408 / -90.8632


EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

Additional storm damage pictures


Photos courtesy of Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Storm trailer home

Postville Fire Chief stabbed during domestic dispute

Postville, Iowa - On June 28, 2015 at about 12:36 a.m., The Postville Police Department was dispatched to 431 West Tilden Street reference a domestic dispute.  Following an investigation, officers charged 26 year old Justin Yoerger with Burglary in the 1st degree, a Class ‘B’ Felony.
   Yoerger allegedly entered the occupied residence without permission and refused to leave after occupants told him.  While attempting to remove him, a physical altercation ensued.
   The owner Jeff Bohr was stabbed during the altercation and was transported to a medical facility.  Yoerger was arrested on scene.  Yoerger was also charged with driving while suspended.
   The investigation is ongoing.  The Postville Police Dept. was assisted by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Officer, Monona Police Department, and Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office.
   Editor's note - According to Chief Bohr’s Facebook page, he sustained 3 knife stab wounds, one of which punctured his lung, but he is home now.

Correctional officer charged with delivering
articles to an inmate & sexual contact

Lancaster, WI - July 14, 2015: On June 15, 2015, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by officials from the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility who wanted to report that they discovered information which lead them to believe one of their staff members was fraternizing with an inmate who was being housed on one of their general population units.
   A Grant County Detective was assigned to the case and conducted a lengthy investigation. After reviewing all of the information gathered during the course of that investigation, the above listed charges were referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office against 58 year old Cheryl Bartels of rural Prairie Du Chien. Bartels had been employed by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a corrections officer at WSPF.
   Delivering Articles to an Inmate is a class I felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 3 years and 6 months, or both. Sexual Contact or Sexual Intercourse with an Individual Confined to a Correctional Institute is a class C felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $100,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 40 years, or both.
   Investigation at Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF) results in referral of charges to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office:
  10 counts of delivering articles to inmate.
  16 counts of sexual contact or intercourse with an individual confined to a correctional institution.

A ride on the Cassville Ferry

Cassville, WI – Taking the Cassville ferry is not just an expedient way to cross the Mississippi River, it is an adventure, a mini sea voyage, and vacation rolled into one.  Granted, it's a water bridge from the middle of nowhere to the middle of nowhere, but that's part of the mystique. 
   The ferry doesn't just cross the river directly, but rather cruises along the river for about 18 minutes to arrive between either landing, (that's where the voyage part comes in).  Explore the back-roads, and eat at new, small restaurants, (that's the adventure part).  Talk to new people on the cruise, and relax while scenery slips by, (that's the vacation part).
   Walk-on or bring your truck, car, motorcycle, bus, boat, camper or tractor.  Midwest News was so impressed with the experience, we had to share.
   A special thanks to Captain Kim Kottke, Deckhand Harold Pellock, and Historian Dick Schnering.

Boy almost drowns in river before beach parties
pull him from underwater

Update - The boy has died.
Sheriff John Spears reports the search and rescue of a 9 year old male from the Mississippi River just south of the beach in Blackhawk Park in the Township of Wheatland.

   On July 19, 2015 at approximately 12:19 P.M. the Sheriff’s Office was called about a 9 year old boy who was missing from the Beach at Blackhawk Park.  Upon the arrival of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office the boy had been located by private parties who were searching the water.  It is believed the boy was under water for 30-45 minutes.

   The Desoto, Wheatland and Genoa fire and first responders also arrived on scene.  CPR was performed and Tri State ambulance arrived at the scene.  Tri State ambulance transported the boy to Gunderson Health System in La Crosse.  The boy is currently listed in critical care.  

   Assisting at the scene were the Wheatland, Desoto, and Genoa Fire Department and First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance and Med-Link Air.

Cassville teen killed in apparent shooting accident

On July 20, 2015 at approximately 9:07 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an individual who had been shot at a residence located in the Township of Cassville. 
   Upon arrival it was discovered that Jared Winkers, age 17 from rural Cassville, was deceased.  Jared and several of his friends were shooting targets at his residence with various types of weapons including long guns and pistols. 
   It was reported that there was an accidental discharge from a weapon that Dillon Vogt, age 19 from Cassville, was holding.  Jared was fatally wounded as a result of this accidental discharge.

   At present the incident all indications are pointing towards a tragic accident, but as with any investigation, this case remains open and under investigation pending autopsy results and further analysis of evidence gathered from the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Cassville EMS.

Former Hospital building to be razed

Prairie du Chien, WI- July 24, 2015- For more than two years, since planning for the new Medical Center began, the old Hospital building has been listed for sale with little interest generated. Hospital leadership also sought input and ideas regarding reuse, and contacted several organizations to promote their consideration of utilizing the building.
   At their regularly scheduled July 20th meeting, the Crossing Rivers Health Board of Directors voted unanimously to raze the vacant 58-year-old former Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital building, before year-end 2015. With a new Medical Center now in full operation on the city’s south side, Crossing Rivers Health has its sights set on a new era in healthcare, while remaining dedicated to the organization’s long-standing history and legacy.
   Sexton shared that as part of the efforts to find a sustainable and appropriate use for the building, the Prairie du Chien and Crawford County Economic Development Corporations drafted a unique proposal for consideration by Crossing Rivers Health’s Board of Directors. “We appreciate the work done by the Economic Development Corporations to develop a proposal. Ultimately, the board of directors was concerned about the long-term viability of the proposed use.”
   Charlie Connell, Crossing Rivers Health Board President said, “We really got to know this building when we were considering whether to renovate or build new. We understand the challenges with the building structure and know fully the costs involved in operating the building.” In addition, Connell shared that there would be high cost and potentially a high level of risk in the renovation of the current structure. “The costs and risks are not something we’re willing to simply transfer over to the city, and thus the taxpayers,” Connell stated.
   Connell explained that the entire board of directors believes any reuse requiring renovation or restructuring would be extremely expensive. “From an outside perspective, the building may not look as complex as it actually is. It has undergone 11 additions in five decades, resulting in a very complex layout for a very specialized use. Therefore, the board has determined the most prudent course of action is to raze the building, creating a clean slate for future development opportunities.”

Two arrested for alleged Harpers Ferry burglaries

Harpers Ferry, Iowa – On 7/25/2015 at 2:22 a.m.,
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Shane Christopher

             Right - Taylor Frickson

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the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progess at a residence located on Park Drive in Harpers Ferry. A description of the vehicle was given by a witness. The vehicle was later stopped on State Highway 18 in Clayton County by Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputies. Allamakee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two individuals in connection with multiple burglaries in Harpers Ferry.
   Shane Arnold Christopher (age 29) of Jesup, Iowa has been charged with; 2 counts of Burglary 3rd degree, 1 count of Burglary in the 3rd degree (unoccupied motor vehicle), 1 count of Theft 2nd degree, 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1 count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools.
   Taylor Anne Frickson (age 20) of Jesup, Iowa has been charged with; 2 counts of Burglary 3rd degree, 1 count of Burglary in the 3rd degree (unoccupied motor vehicle), 1 count of Theft 2nd degree, 1 count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 1 count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools.  Christopher and Frickson are being held in the Allamakee County Jail.

Woodman man stabbed in confrontation

Lancaster, WI August 7, 2015 - On August 5th, 2015 at approximately 10:47pm, the Grant  County Sheriff’s Department responded to an address in Woodman for a report of a male  leaving threatening messages and he was heading to the residence to cause harm to the  occupants.

   Prior to the Sheriff’s Office arrival at the residence in Woodman, there was a confrontation that  took place between two males, Almond Wallace, age 43 of Woodman and William Decola,  age 30 of Woodman, at this residence. During the confrontation Decola stabbed Wallace twice  in the chest.  Wallace drove away from the scene and was eventually located by Sheriff’s  Deputies, and transported to the hospital for injuries.  Wallace is currently hospitalized with  non-life threatening injuries.

   The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident. There is no threat to the public,  as this was an isolated incident. No formal charges have been made pending further  investigation.

Amish buggy hit, driver killed

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports Vernon County’s fourth 2015 fatal motor vehicle crash occurred on August 13, 2015.   At approximately 8:48 a.m. Brandon M. Stanek, age 19, of Hillsboro was operating a company work truck pulling a dump trailer westbound on County Road EE west of County Road Q in the Town of Greenwood.                Stanek began to pass a slow moving Amish horse and buggy, as Stanek began to pass he saw an oncoming truck traveling east on County Road EE.  To avoid colliding with the oncoming truck, Stanek pulled back into his lane and applied the brakes.  Stanek’s truck and trailer skidded out of control, rear-ending the Amish horse and buggy, operated by Andy P. Troyer, age 40 of Hillsboro.  The Amish buggy was pushed into the ditch.  The impact detached the horse from the buggy and ejected Andy Troyer. 

   Troyer sustained serious injuries and was transported to Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro by the Hillsboro Ambulance where he was later pronounce dead by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.  Stanek reported no injuries and was not wearing his seatbelt.  The horse was recovered and sustained only minor injuries.

   Hillsboro Fire Department, Hillsboro Ambulance and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.  This marks Vernon County’s 5th  fatal motor vehicle accident.

American Queen visits Prairie du Chien

Midwest News received an exclusive tour of the American Queen!
   (Since 9/11 the public has not been allowed on-board to tour the boat.  Midwest News was given exclusive access.)
Prairie du Chien – August 12, 2015 – After a twenty year absence the “S-t-e-a-m boat is a-comin'!”-.  That was the call today as the American Queen riverboat pulled into PdC at a little after 8 a.m. this morning.  Many of the 400 passengers disembarked to take buses to tour the surrounding area.
   Anthony Defelippis hotel manager for the American Queen gave Midwest News an exclusive tour of the elegantly appointed boat.

Motor vehicle accident fatality

Update - The deceased is Mark Douglas Werner (63 years of age) of Decorah, Iowa.
Harpers Ferry, Iowa - On August 16, 2015 at 1:33 p.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a one vehicle accident on State Highway 76 in Allamakee County.
   A 63 year old male was traveling westbound on State Highway 76 approx. 1/2 mile west of the intersection of State Hwy. 76 and State Hwy 364.  The vehicle left the roadway and entered the ditch and then re-entered the roadway, crossing the highway and entered the opposite ditch.  The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its wheels.
   The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.  The name of the deceased has not been released at this time, pending notification of family members.
   The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  The accident remains under investigation.

Woman bound & beaten - boyfriend kills himself

On August 15, 2015 at approximately 4:27 PM, Muscoda Police were notified of a physical domestic that occurred at 317 W. River Road that ended in an apparent suicide.

   When officers arrived they met with Candice A Carr, 63 of Muscoda, who was bound with duct tape and severely beaten. Candice told officers the she and her boyfriend, David G Friese, 61 also of Muscoda, had gotten into a verbal argument that quickly turned physical.
   David hit Candice several times with an aluminum bat and as she tried to fight back David bound her with duct tape and continued to hit her with the bat. The assault lasted several minutes and ended when David took his own life with a 12 gauge shotgun.

   Candice was able to free one hand using her teeth and a small pen knife that was sitting on the table next to her and called 911. Candice was transported to the Richland Hospital with broken bones, cuts, and bruises. She was later transported to the UW Madison hospital and is currently listed in fair condition.
   The Muscoda Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, Boscobel Police Department and Muscoda EMS.

PdC Fire Dept. torches two houses in town

Prairie du Chien, WI - August 29, 2015 - A day of strenuous training for area firemen from  Bridgeport, Wauzeka, Gays Mills, SWTC, and of course Prairie du Chien, ended with the burning of two old houses in town.
   The houses, which have been unoccupied for some time, were donated to the city for fire training purposes.  It is believed that Hartig Drug store may expand on their property. 
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Freight train derails in Prairie du Chien

Prairie du Chien, WI - Sunday, August 30, 2015 - Several cars of a 139 car freight train carrying corn destined for Iowa derailed on a spur near the waste water treatment plant today at approximately 6 p.m.
   A section of road-bed, about 5 foot in length washed out, and seems to be the reason for the derailment.  One car was laying on its side, and several others were completely off the rails.  A quantity of corn was spilled on both sides of the tracks.
   No one was injured in the derailment, and BNSF crews were on the scene quickly.
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Bloomington man dies after falling from ladder

Lancaster, WI September 8, 2015 - On September 4, 2015 at 9:42am, the Grant County  Sheriff`s Office was notified that Robert Mathre, age 57 of Bloomington had fallen off a 24  foot ladder while working at the Lonnie Holthaus farm on Pine Rd. in Mt. Ida Township. 
   Mr.  Mathre was on the ladder to fix some fans he had installed at a prior date.  The ladder was set  up in the free stall barn amongst the cattle and it is believed one of the cattle may have hit the  ladder causing Mr. Mathre to fall.

   Fennimore EMS responded and transported Mr. Mathre to the Grant Regional Health Center  with life threatening injuries.  Mr. Mathre was then transported to UW Hospital in Madison by  MedFlight. As a result of the injuries Mr. Mathre received due to his fall, he passed away on  September 7, 2015 at UW Hospitals in Madison.


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