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WI DNR Launches new website

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website developed to be faster and more user-friendly.

Vernon County Accident State Highway 35 South

On Saturday August 1, 2020 at approximately 6:00 AM the Vernon County Dispatch Center was notified of a single motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred on State Highway 35 South of State Highway 162 in a construction zone.  The operator of the motor vehicle was identified as 54-year-old Kao Vang of Lacrosse.

Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide

Under this order, Wisconsin residents ages five and older are required to wear a face covering when they are indoors or in an enclosed space with anyone outside their household or living unit. Face coverings are strongly recommended if you are outdoors and maintaining physical distancing is not possible. The order also enumerates exceptions to the requirement, listing activities such as when an individual is eating, drinking, or swimming. Individuals with health conditions or disabilities that would preclude the wearing of a face covering safely are also exempt from the requirement.

Dump Truck vs Tractor

On July 29, 2020 at 1208pm, Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center received a call reporting a dump truck vs. farm tractor crash.  66-year-old, Danny E. White from rural Lafarge was operating a farm tractor pulling a hay rake.  White was traveling west on State Highway 82 and was making a left turn onto Slayback Rd.  71-year-old, Michael D. Anderson from rural Lafarge was also westbound on State Highway 82 driving a dump truck.   Anderson attempted to pass the tractor and implement on the left side.  As White was making the left turn, Anderson’s dump truck struck the front of White’s tractor.  The tractor overturned and came to rest on its side.  Danny White was ejected off the tractor. 

Union Center Water is Safe Again

On July 28, the village posted a notice on Facebook that the Do Not Drink Notice had been rescinded. The notice said all samples from the reservoir and the distribution system had been tested and are reported to be free of contaminants.

Diluted Waterfest Still On

Despite the pandemic and so many cancelled events this year, Waterfest WILL go on – in a modified or “diluted” way – so please join us!

Saturday, August 1, boaters are invited to light up and/or decorate their boats and cruise around O’Dell’s Bay (in front of the Dirty Turtle) from 8 – 9pm. There is no judging this year – it’s all for public display. However, if you are lighting up a boat, stop by our Waterfest table at the Dirty Turtle (outside, near the Tiki Bar hut) between 7 – 8pm and pick up your free Waterfest Water Bottle! Just our way of saying THANK YOU – we appreciate all your decorating efforts this year!

Our fireworks show will begin at dark (between 9 – 9:30pm). They will be launched from an off-shore barge anchored between the Dirty Turtle and the Castle Rock County Park. See attached map – right/east “Question Mark” indicates Fireworks barge location, and left/west “Question Mark” indicates Boat Display location in front of Dirty Turtle.

Juneau County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a male subject found unresponsive in an apartment in the Village of Necedah

The deceased male subject has been identified as Jaime RM Anderson.  The reason for the cause of death remains under investigation.

Sheriff Brent H. Oleson  

Wisconsin added to Chicago Quarantine list

Wisconsin is now the 19th state to be added to Chicago’s COVID-19 travel quarantine list.
Signs over the Illinois highways already warn travelers coming from designated COVID-19 hotpots to self-quarantine.
“We’re also seeing an increase in states around us, Wisconsin, for example, is going to go on our quarantine list later this week,” Lightfood said during a press conference Monday.
Nebraska was also added to the list on Tuesday.

UI Benefits now available to residents that recieve Disability Benefits

Wisconsin residents who receive disability benefits and who had been denied additional unemployment benefits made available due to the coronavirus pandemic can now receive those payments.

Wisconsin Dells Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Cancelled

UPDATE Late Monday Afternoon Sauk County announced they had to cancel the Testing location in Wisconsin Dells due to the Parking lot at Crystal Grand no longer being available as a testing sight. Both Days July 28th and 29th have officially been cancelled.