WRJC Radio - Mauston, Juneau County, Wisconsin http://www.wrjc.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rudig-Jensen and WRJC Raise Nearly $15,000 for the Freedom Honor Flight in One Day, $16,142 Overall http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/rudig-jensen-and-wrjc-raise-nearly-15000-for-the-freedom-honor-flight-in-one-day-16142-overall/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/rudig-jensen-and-wrjc-raise-nearly-15000-for-the-freedom-honor-flight-in-one-day-16142-overall/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:35:11 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96805 More >]]> Mark Rudig and Jim Murphy talk on air on Now92one FM

Mark Rudig and Jim Murphy talk on air on Now92one FM

It’s amazing how a small community, a radio station and several businesses pulled together to raise over $15,000 for the Freedom Honor Flight in La Crosse.

“It all started out as a small fundraiser,” said WRJC NOW 92one FM and SMASH County 92.9 General Manager and Owner Jim Murphy. The station had Freedom Honor Flight President Bill Hoel on during the Morning Show with Greg and Karen and surprised him with the fundraiser; being to auction off a day to give “control” of the radio station to anyone, with the all the proceeds go to the Freedom Honor Flight.

The auction happened earlier this spring, and several businesses participated in the bidding process. In the end, Rudig-Jensen Ford Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Pine Cove Bar and Grill each had the top bid of $700.

“We had such a battle at the end of the auction between the two businesses that I just decided to give two separate days away,” said Murphy.

On May 23, Gregg Haunroth from Pine Cove Bar and Grill ‘took’ over the station, and he had a surprise for Murphy and the employees there. He was going to continue the fundraiser and throughout his shift, he was able to raise a total of $1365.

Then on Thursday, September 25, the station was ‘turned over’ to Mark Rudig of Rudig-Jensen and ABRA Auto Body of New Lisbon. He also wanted to continue to raise money for the Honor Flight and his goal was $2000. However, that’s when something incredible happened.

“The phones just kept ringing off the hook,” said Murphy. “There were people emailing us, telling us that they wanted to donate and told us that this was such a great event.”

Throughout the day, businesses and community members continued to call to make donations, challenging others to do the same. Some of the donations were given because the donors thought it was for a great cause and others felt a personal connection and donated in honor of loved ones who are or were veterans.

“We at the station were amazed at the composure of these people who told stories of their loved ones being in the armed forces, some giving the ultimate sacrifice,” said Murphy. “It was a pretty emotional day at the station.”

In the 12 hours that Rudig-Jensen controlled the station, they were able to raise $14,777 in pledges. At the end of the entire event, the station, Pine Cove Bar and Grill, and Rudig-Jensen were able to raise $16,142.

“It costs about $500 to send a veteran on the Honor Flight, so we raised enough to send 32 plus veterans”, said Murphy.  “And we continue to encourage donations.”

The Freedom Honor Flight is one of Wisconsin Honor Flights’ hubs, based out of La Crosse. Its goal is to fly our veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor. Veterans are chosen for the trip on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to WWII veterans and veterans with a terminal illness. The trip is all in one day, spending several hours at the World War II Memorial, and visiting other Washington D.C. landmarks such as the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial and others as time permits. They are supported solely through donations and run by volunteers and they are an affiliate of the National Honor Flight Network.

NOW 92one FM and SMASH Country 92.9 are WRJC FM/AM and FM Translator W225BA licensed to the City of Mauston, Wisconsin and owned and operated by Murphy’s Media Law Group, LLC.


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One Vehicle Accident in the Town of Christina, Vernon County http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/one-vehicle-accident-in-the-town-of-christina-vernon-county/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/one-vehicle-accident-in-the-town-of-christina-vernon-county/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:14:24 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96796 More >]]> There was a one vehicle crash in the Town of Christina in Vernon County last Friday afternoon. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said in a release the accident occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. Spears said, 30-year-old Andrea Connelly of Richland County traveling on State Highway 27, near Erickson Rd and lost control.  The vehicle went onto the shoulder on the right side of the road. Connelly then over corrected and slid across the highway and went off on the left side of the road, struck an embankment and over turned several times.  The vehicle came to rest on its top in the ditch. Spears said Connelly sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Tri State Ambulance to a nearby medical facility. Assisting at the scene were the Westby Fire Department, Westby First Responders, Westby Police Department and Tri-State Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

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Flushing Hydrants in the City of New Lisbon http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/flushing-hydrants-in-the-city-of-new-lisbon-2/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/flushing-hydrants-in-the-city-of-new-lisbon-2/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:43 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96803 The Water Department in the City of New Lisbon will be flushing hydrants Monday, September 29th through Friday, October 3rd.  For more information or if you experience water quality problems lasting more than four hours following hydrant flushing, contact the Water Department at 562-3794.

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Vernon County Sheriff John Spears Reports http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/vernon-county-sheriff-john-spears-reports-73/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/vernon-county-sheriff-john-spears-reports-73/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:08:40 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96793 More >]]> SHERIFF JOHN SPEARS REPORTS THE FOLLOWING ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR AND NARRATIVE EXCERPTS FROM THE WEEK ENDING September 29, 2014.

9/22  Linda Eddy, Westby, entered the intersection of Esofea Road and Natwick Road, Town of Jefferson, and struck the rear driver side of a vehicle driven by Richard Stinson, Westby.  The Stinson vehicle.  The Stinson vehicle went sideways and overturned into the ditch, causing the driver and passenger minor injuries.

9/27  Kenneth Kaus, Norwalk, was backing onto State Street, Village of Ontario, from a parking spot.  Edith Marshall, Hillsboro, came around the corner and struck the rear of the Kaus vehicle.  No injuries were reported.

9/27  A burglary occurred on Ridge Road, Town of Hillsboro.  Items taken include silver coins, silver dollars and fifty cent pieces, along with miscellaneous jewelry, two chainsaws, two Rolex watches, and numerous guns.  Some personal property was destroyed.

09/29                3 reportable car/deer (other animal) crashes:

Samuel Skemp, La Crosse, on US Highway 14, Town of Coon;

Timothy Tauber, Hillsboro, on State Highway 80, Town of Greenwood;

Kirk Hustad, Wonewoc, on County Road V, Town of Greenwood.

***********                                      This past week                 Year to Date

Alarm Responses                                           7                            284

Animal Related issues                                     15                         561

Assisting Municipalities                                   68                        2463

Crimes Against People                                    27                         1042

Crimes Against Property                                 22                         570

Domestic Crimes                                            1                           115

Fire Responses                                              18                          1249

K-9 Calls                                                         3                           60

Medical Responses                                         55                          1635

Mental Health Cases                                       2                           129

Missing Person Investigations                         3                           172

Safety Escorts                                                  3                           221

School Walk Through                                     13                         261

Search and Rescues                                        0                          8

Security Check                                              66                         4182

Serving Legal Documents                             38                         1008

Suspicious Activity Investigations                  20                         681

Threat Investigation                                        2                           38

Traffic Accidents                                            24                         905

Traffic Related Investigations                        78                         3631

Vehicle Lockouts                                            9                           341

Weapons Investigation                                   2                          34

Unclassified Calls for Assistance                      43                         1684

_____                    _______

TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE                     575                        22,602

ADMISSIONS INTO COUNTY JAIL                    20                          763


John B. Spears, Sheriff

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Chance to Donate Blood at Mile Bluff Medical Center, October 9 http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/chance-to-donate-blood-at-mile-bluff-medical-center-october-9/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/local-news/chance-to-donate-blood-at-mile-bluff-medical-center-october-9/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:45:34 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96790 More >]]> Throughout the year, Mile Bluff Medical Center hosts a number of community blood drives, and the next one is next week Thursday, October 9th. It will be from 9am to 2pm. These events are a partnership between the medical center and the Blood Center of Wisconsin – the sole supplier of blood products to Mile Bluff.  Each donation made at Mile Bluff could touch the lives of up to three people in the community. At this drive, there is the option to make a whole blood donation, which is made up of red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells, another option is a dual red or platelet-only donation. Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date, drink plenty of fluids, eat a nutritious meal prior to donating and avoid strenuous physical exercise until the day following the donation. To reserve a spot, call the Blood Center of Wisconsin at 1-877-232-4376 or visit bcw.edu/MileBluff to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Matt Kenseth Moves On In Sprint Cup Points Chase http://www.wrjc.com/sports/matt-kenseth-moves-on-in-sprint-cup-points-chase/ http://www.wrjc.com/sports/matt-kenseth-moves-on-in-sprint-cup-points-chase/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:37:00 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96788 More >]]> Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has survived the first elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup season title.  The Cambridge native made the “Contender” round-of-12 by placing fifth in yesterday’s Triple-”A”-400 at Dover Delaware.  Four drivers were eliminated from title contention.  The next cut happens in three weeks.  The remaining 12 drivers will have their point totals set at three-thousand going into the next races at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega.  Winners of those events will automatically advance to the Eliminator round-of-8, while point totals will determine who else advances.  Other Sprint Cup drivers will keep racing for points and cash.  Jeff Gordon won yesterday’s event at Dover.  Paul Menard of Eau Claire was 16th  and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 38th yesterday.

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Wisconsin Native Throws No Hitter For The Washington Nationals http://www.wrjc.com/sports/wisconsin-native-throws-no-hitter-for-the-washington-nationals/ http://www.wrjc.com/sports/wisconsin-native-throws-no-hitter-for-the-washington-nationals/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:34:44 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96786 More >]]> Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann threw his first Major League no-hitter yesterday, as the Washington Nationals beat Miami at home 1-to-nothing. The former U-W Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale walked one and struck out ten.  Steven Souza ran down a long fly ball to left from Christian Yelich, and made a diving over-the-shoulder catch to end the game.  Zimmermann threw his team’s first no-hitter since 1991 — 14 years before the Nationals moved from Montreal to Washington.  Zimmermann ended his regular season at 14-and-5, winning his final eight decisions.  He’ll keep pitching, as the Nationals made the post-season by winning the National League East. 

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Man questioned for double homicide released http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/man-questioned-for-double-homicide-released/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/man-questioned-for-double-homicide-released/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:31:44 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96783 More >]]> BERLIN, Wis. (AP) – Green Lake County’s top prosecutor says the man being questioned about two deaths in Berlin has been released. Police have described the deaths of Melissa Tuinstra and Justin Daniels as a double homicide. They were found slain late Saturday. The crime resulted in an Amber Alert for Tuinstra’s 8-year-old daughter who was found safe Sunday with relatives in a nearby community. The Amber Alert also named the man who was brought in for questioning as a “person of interest.” District Attorney Andrew Christenson said Monday the investigation into the deaths is ongoing. Police say Tuinstra was found with gunshot wounds outside her apartment building. Daniels had also been shot and was found on the second floor of the building. Both were 28.

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Director asks John Doe DA to investigate himself http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/director-asks-john-doe-da-to-investigate-himself/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/director-asks-john-doe-da-to-investigate-himself/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:31:12 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96781 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The director of a conservative group trying to shut down an investigation into whether right-leaning organizations illegally coordinated with Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign wants a prosecutor working on the probe to investigate himself. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and several other prosecutors launched the so-called John Doe investigation in 2012, looking for evidence conservative groups, including Wisconsin Club for Growth, illegally coordinated with Walker’s recall campaign in 2011 and 2012. Wisconsin Club for Growth director Eric O’Keefe sent Chisholm a letter Saturday accusing him of launching the probe because his wife, a school union shop steward, was upset about Walker’s law stripping public workers’ union rights. He asked Chisholm to select a special prosecutor to investigate whether the allegations. Chisholm’s office didn’t immediately return a message Monday.

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55 died as a result of domestic violence in 2013 http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/55-died-as-a-result-of-domestic-violence-in-2013/ http://www.wrjc.com/news/state-news/55-died-as-a-result-of-domestic-violence-in-2013/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:25:50 +0000 http://www.wrjc.com/?p=96779 More >]]> MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report sheds light on the life and death consequences of domestic violence in Wisconsin. The organization End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a study that shows 55 people died as a result of domestic violence in 2013. Thirty-nine people were homicide victims, 12 perpetrators took their own lives and four attackers were killed by law enforcement officers. The report says guns were used in 51 percent of the domestic violence homicides. Seventy-nine percent of those who committed domestic violence homicides last year were male. The victims’ ages range from 6 years old to 79. The group’s executive director, Patti Seger, says that on average, about one person a week loses his or her life to domestic violence in Wisconsin.

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