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Fire destroys house, owners safe, but everything lost

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Prairie du Chien, WI - On Monday, April 17, 2017 at approx. 9 a.m., a fire started in the Sun room at the back of a house owned by Gerald and Barb Sprosty at 710 N. Wacouta Ave.  Two Prairie du Chien street crew members notice the fire and roused Barb Sprosty, who woke her son who was sleeping in the basement bedroom.  They were able to get out safely with their dog, but two of four cats died in the fire.  The other two cats are at a local vet fighting for their lives.
   The house is considered a total loss, and the insurance company has been notified.  Everything has been lost.  A  Go Fund Me page has been established at  A neighbor, Donna Reed, is helping to coordinate donations, and can be reached at 608-412-2151.

Drive falls asleep, hits parked cars, before rolling over

On Monday April 18,2017 at 6:36 am the Crawford County Sheriff Dept. received a report of a rollover accident in the village of Wauzeka on Hwy 60 near Dittman Hill Rd.
   An east bound 2016 Fiat owned and operated by Angela Finney, 53 of Wauzeka, was east bound on Hwy 60.  Finney fell asleep and ran into a legally parked 1999 Ford.
   Finney's car came to rest on the passenger side in the east bound lane of Hwy 60.  In turn the 1999 Ford pickup was pushed into a legally parked 2002 Ford pickup.  Both legally parked pickups were owned by Arleena Roe of Wauzeka.
   Finney declined medical treatment.  The Fiat and the 99 Ford had extensive damage.  Finney was charged with Inattentive Driving.
   Assisting at the scene was the Wauzeka First Responders and, Fire dept. The Boscobel EMS, and Milo's Towing.            

We Need More Organic Farmers, Not More Ads

A Big Marketing Program Is the Wrong Choice for Organic

By Amanda Byrnes - Food & Water Watch
Remember the "Got Milk?" and "Beef. It's What's for Dinner" advertising campaigns? They resulted from "checkoff" programs designed to promote individual agricultural products.
   And now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering creating a checkoff program that would cover all organic products. The problem? Many organic farmers don't want one — and it's the wrong tool for organic.
   In theory, checkoff programs allow an entire agricultural sector to fund research and marketing to boost a product's success, with all parties benefiting in the process. In reality, big industrial-scale players are the ones who benefit at the expense of smaller farmers.
   Dozens of organizations representing organic farmers and businesses oppose this checkoff proposal. And they question the need for a checkoff at all, given that organic demand already outstrips supply. Marketing isn't the problem — and that's what checkoffs are geared toward addressing. What's needed instead is a plan to increase domestically-produced supply of organic food.
   An all-organic checkoff would present other challenges too. Given the sheer range of organic products, how could one program effectively promote them all?  Simply stated, an organic checkoff doesn't make sense.
   Take action with our sister organization, Food & Water Action Fund:
Tell the USDA to listen to farmers and put this idea back on the shelf.

Woman falls from moving vehicle

Allamakee County, Iowa - On April 2, 2017 at 3:53 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff received a report of a serious injury incident near the intersection of Morgan Bridge Road and Pine Tree Drive.
   A pickup truck operated by Travis Scott Colsch, age 20 of rural New Albin, was traveling northbound on Morgan Bridge Road.  A female passenger of the vehicle, Erin Marie Rud, age 19 of rural New Albin, fell from moving vehicle and was injured.  Rud was transported by air ambulance to a La Crosse, WI hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident.  Rud’s condition is not being released at this time.
   Colsch was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While intoxicated and was booked into the Allamakee County Jail.  The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s office.

Hillsboro woman arrested on alleged drug charges

Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports the arrest of a 44 year old Hillsboro, woman on charges of Burglary, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and a Probation Violation, stemming from an investigation into missing Fentanyl patches and other prescription pain medications from a residence in rural Vernon County.
   On March 17th, 2017 a search was conducted at the Diane M. Fronk-Franke residence where she lives with her children and elderly parents.
   Diane M. Fronk-Franke of rural Hillsboro was arrested on March 17th, 2017, following an extensive investigation into reports of missing Fentanyl patches and other pain medication. 
Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office with the search of the residence was the Hillsboro Police Department.

Poultry owners urged to increase biosecurity efforts

MADISON, Wisconsin – March 9, 2017 - Animal health officials with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are urging all poultry owners, regardless of size, to increase biosecurity efforts now that two strains of avian influenza have been found in the Mississippi flyway.  This comes after a highly pathogenic (H7) strain was found in a Tennessee commercial chicken flock and a low pathogenic (H5) strain was found in a Wisconsin commercial turkey flock.
   “It’s in a poultry owner’s best interest to take precautions now to minimize the effect that avian influenza will have on their flock if the disease makes its way to Wisconsin,” says Dr. Darlene Konkle, Wisconsin’s Assistant State Veterinarian.
   The H5N2 strain found in Wisconsin is not related to the H7 strain found in Tennessee.  High path strains are often fatal for birds, but the low path strain found in Wisconsin is not uncommon in poultry flocks and tends to cause few, if any, clinical signs of illness in the birds.
   “Low path avian influenza is similar in severity to the common cold in humans and will eventually clear from the flock without bird loss,” Konkle said.
   Konkle recommends the following six steps for protecting birds from HPAI:
    Keep your distance—Restrict access to your property and keep your birds away from other birds.
    Keep it clean—Wash your hands thoroughly before and after working with your birds.  Clean and disinfect equipment.
    Don’t haul disease home—Buy birds from reputable sources and keep new birds separated for at least 30 days.
    Don’t borrow disease—Do not share equipment or supplies with neighbors or other bird owners.  If you must borrow, disinfect it first.
    Know the warning signs—Early detection can help prevent the spread of the disease.  Check your birds frequently.  If you find a sick or dead bird, don’t touch it.
    Report sick birds—Don’t wait.  If your birds are sick or dying at an abnormal rate, call DATCP at 1-800-572-8981. If you notice dead wild birds, call the DNR’s hotline at 1-800-433-1610.
   CDC considers the risk to people to be low.  No human infections with these viruses have been detected at this time.  In addition, poultry and eggs are safe to consume as long as they are properly handled and meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 165F.
   More information about avian influenza is available at and from the USDA-APHIS at




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