Saturday, July 22nd


Flooding covered Jackson County roads and caused mudslides after Tuesday night’s thunderstorms.

According to Jackson County Emergency Management Coordinator Kristina Page, a culvert was washed out due to flooding on Franklin Road in the town of Franklin. Some county highways and other roads were covered by raised water levels, but Page said most of the roads had reopened by late morning.

“The county is absolutely saturated,” she said. “Any heavy rain we get, the roads flood out pretty rapidly.”

According to the National Weather Service, a cluster of severe thunderstorms dropped heavy rains on parts of northeast Iowa and western Wisconsin. Buena Vista, Iowa reported rainfall of 8¼ inches overnight, and western Wisconsin counties reported receiving as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain in parts of Jackson, Crawford and Monroe counties.

Angelique M. Graf, 34, of Merrillan has been charged with eight counts of identity theft for opening fraudulent credit accounts and racking up more than $18,000 in debt.

Graf’s mother-in-law said she became aware of fraudulent charges on her account March 2015 when she received a phone call from a credit card company to verify that she had changed her address, which ended up being Graf’s address.

According to the complaint, Graf’s mother-in-law contacted her son, who then confronted Graf about the credit card. Graf’s mother-in-law said her son confronted Graf who admitted to opening the card and making charges.

According to the complaint, Graf found the personal information and social security number on documents laying in her mother-in-law’s house when Graf was at her home while her mother-in-law was away.

July 10

Justin and Bethany Peterson to Austin Ratkus - $224,500

July 12

John Swendrowski Family Trust to United States of America - $67,000

Howard and Leona Smith Survivor’s Trust to Justin and Kimberly Grant - $183,000

Ronald Hendrickson Jr to Paul and Theresa Ripp - $250,000

Liana Bush to Richard and Kathleen Logan - $84,000

Ethan Tranberg to Jolie Wogh - $69,900

July 13

Kathleen Bauer to Richard Ryan - $45,000

Luke and Allison Gerke to Cameren Berg - $115,000

July 14

Robert and Sarah Gorski to Super Silica Sands LLC - $91,000

Peter Westerfield to Steve and Annette Gardiner - $7,000

Over the past few weeks, a very distinct, and pungent, odor has perfumed the air – that of skunk.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, skunk is defined as “any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected.”

In other words, it’s a black-and-white house-cat-sized creature that can create quite a stink if one’s dog gets sprayed or a person hits one with a vehicle.

Dave Mathes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist in Vernon County, said at this time of year the young are getting their eyes and ears open and need more nutrition, so mother skunks are out more in the evenings and nights foraging for food, and there is an increase in spraying.

A 21-year-old Madison man has died in a single-car crash at about 1 a.m., July 13 in Jackson County.

A Black River Falls Police Department officer discovered the accident that occurred on Interstate 94 at mile marker 116 westbound.

The man, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was driving on Hwy. 54, attempted to turn onto the Interstate 94 ramp, traveled sideways, went air born over the eastbound lanes of I-94, landed on the guardrail in the median, traveled across the westbound lanes and rolled into the gore area, according to an investigation.

The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of the family. 

The Black River Falls Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Wisconsin State Patrol, which continues to investigate the incident.